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Edition 199

  • 28 April 2017

When travelling with time to relax over the leading international newspapers, it's even more apparent that most commentary is suited to short-term trading rather than long-term investing. Today's headline is tomorrow's letter to the editor and not much more. It matters little what the market did yesterday or some expert's opinion on the next day. As Warren Buffett said in 2016 after a bout of market volatility, "Don't watch the market closely. The money is made in investments by investing, and by holding good companies over long periods of time."

Why Australians love dividends and franking

Australians love owning dividend-paying shares, especially with the added benefits of franking credits, and the rewards from owning shares should not be judged in terms of price movements in isolation.

Unpacking the '30-year bull market' in bonds

The reality of investing in a bond is that regardless of whether we have experienced a massive bull market, the most a bond is worth at maturity is the face value.

Do LIC options provide investors with value?

It’s common practice for LICs to issue ‘free’ options with their initial public offerings to offset the effect of listing costs on NTA. So, why are LIC options rarely exercised?

Lessons from a famous shareholder activist battle

Hostile takeover battles can produce heated disputes between company directors, managers and shareholders. What’s in the company’s long term interests and who decides? Does shareholder activism aid or hinder?

The meaning of life and real estate portfolio construction

Most simple questions in investing disguise a myriad of complex issues. Here are 11 questions that should be asked before investment in a real estate portfolio can be pursued.

Four tips on what makes a good commercial property

Direct investment in a commercial property often comes with unique risks not associated with a diversified portfolio, such as the exposure to a single tenant and special lease conditions.

What Luxembourg and UCITS now offer Australian investors

UCITS may be an unknown structure to most Australian investors, but it has been an amazing success around the world, and a special ASIC exemption may increase its use in Australia with easier access to the same system.

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10 little-known pension traps prove the value of advice

Most people entering retirement do not see a financial adviser, mainly due to cost. It's a major problem because there are small mistakes a retiree can make which are expensive and avoidable if a few tips were known.

Check eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

Eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card has no asset test and a relatively high income test. It's worth checking eligibility and the benefits of qualifying to save on the cost of medications.

Hamish Douglass on why the movie hasn’t ended yet

The focus is on Magellan for its investment performance and departure of the CEO, but Douglass says the pandemic, inflation, rising rates and Middle East tensions have not played out. Vindication is always long term.

Start the year right with the 2022 Retiree Checklist

This is our annual checklist of what retirees need to be aware of in 2022. It is a long list of 25 items and not everything will apply to your situation. Run your eye over the benefits and entitlements.

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.

Should I pay off the mortgage or top up my superannuation?

Depending on personal circumstances, it may be time to rethink the bias to paying down housing debt over wealth accumulation in super. Do the sums and ask these four questions to plan for your future.

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