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Edition 194

  • 17 March 2017

Fund managers are finally catching up on some sleep after a frantic company reporting season, and the results were better than most expected. Crispin Murray sees room for optimism about Corporate Australia, as he takes a tour of the winners and losers.

Reporting season gives reasons for optimism

It was a good reporting season with market EPS expectations increasing 1.6%, the best outcome since 2010, but as ever, some segments of the market are faring much better than others.

Most housing affordability plans are a waste

Noel responds to Chris doubting it is possible to take the heat out of the market with tax changes, but he’s fine if the 50% CGT discount does not kick in for at least five years.

Deductibility of contributions after 1 July is a big deal

The deductibility of personal contributions due from 1 July is a bigger opportunity than most people realise, given many employees were not allowed to salary sacrifice, and some employers abused it.

Portfolio diversification: when a free lunch can cause indigestion

Investing across many different managers may not deliver the expected portfolio diversification if managers invest in the same way. Watch for diversification redundancy.

Australian ETF industry comes of age

In the sixth annual review of the ETF industry, there is an extraordinary reduction in the average age when investors first use ETFs. It’s a sign of the sustainability of rapid growth.

Institutional investment in affordable housing one step closer

Successful affordable housing initiatives in the UK and indications from Australian institutional investors that they would invest in a similar scheme here are encouraging developments.

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Hamish Douglass on why the movie hasn’t ended yet

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At 98-years-old, Charlie Munger still delivers the one-liners

The Warren Buffett/Charlie Munger partnership is the stuff of legends, but even Charlie admits it is coming to an end ("I'm nearly dead"). He is one of the few people in investing prepared to say what he thinks.

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