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  • 3 February 2017

The National Museum of Australia recently held a fascinating exhibition, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum'. Item 99 was a replica shirt of Chelsea FC, a Russian-owned club sponsored by a Korean company, bearing the name of Didier Drogba, an Ivory Coast footballer who grew up in France. The fake was made in Indonesia and sold in Peru.

How Trump drives high business expectations

US small business expectations are high under a Trump presidency but reality and fundamentals rather than sentiment will need to kick-in soon to justify recent market gains.

Navigating super law changes with confidence

SMSF trustees and other people with large super balances should realise there are two applications of the $1.6 million transfer balance cap, and final opportunities to grow retirement savings in the most tax-effective way.

New super doors opening from 1 July 2017

A positive development from recent super changes is the lifting of current restrictions on claiming tax deductions for personal super contributions and a flexible carry-forward rule.

Fintech platforms disrupting business finance

As fintech funding platforms and instant payment systems grow, small businesses will benefit from greater choice and bargaining power when it comes to obtaining finance and managing cashflows.

Careless estate planning: how artists can lose their legal voice

Using the example of an artist's body of work being highly sought-after once the artist dies highlights the importance of appointing the right executors - ones that will handle your affairs the way you intended.

Superannuation needs greater outcomes focus

Superannuation funds have too much emphasis on short-term performance and they need more focus on outcome-based objectives. Members deserve a better idea of their likely income in retirement.

Unusual trends give investing tailwinds

Two strong trends at the moment centre around our increasing addiction to the selfie and online gaming. These major global themes also have related investment opportunities.

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Three steps to planning your spending in retirement

What happens when a superannuation expert sets up his own retirement portfolio using decades of knowledge? He finds he can afford much more investment risk in his portfolio than conventional thinking suggests.

Finding sustainable dividend stocks on the ASX

There is a small universe of companies on the ASX which are reliable dividend payers over five years, are fairly valued and are classified as ‘negligible’ or ‘low’ on both ESG risk and carbon risk.

Among key trends in Australian banks, one factor stands out

The Big Four banks look similar but they are at fundamentally different stages as they move to simpler business models. Amid challenges from operating systems, loan growth and neobank threats, one factor stands tall.

Why mega-tech growth are the best ‘value’ stocks in the market

They are six of the greatest businesses ever and should form part of the global portfolios of all investors. The market sees risk in inflation and valuations but the companies are positioned for outstanding growth.

How inflation impacts different types of investments

A comprehensive study of the impact of inflation on returns from different assets over the past 120 years. The high returns in recent years are due to low inflation and falling rates but this ‘sweet spot’ is ending.

How to manage the run down in your income in retirement

The first of five articles on modern retirement income products that aim for an increasing pension that lasts for life and on average should not decline in real terms. They are not silver bullets but worth a look.

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