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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 reasons wealthy homeowners shouldn't receive welfare

The RBA Governor says rising house prices are due to "the design of our taxation and social security systems". The OECD says "the prolonged boom in house prices has inflated the wealth of many pensioners without impacting their pension eligibility." What's your view?

House prices surge but falls are common and coming

We tend to forget that house prices often fall. Direct lending controls are more effective than rate rises because macroprudential limits affect the volume of money for housing leaving business rates untouched.

Survey responses on pension eligibility for wealthy homeowners

The survey drew a fantastic 2,000 responses with over 1,000 comments and polar opposite views on what is good policy. Do most people believe the home should be in the age pension asset test, and what do they say?

100 Aussies: five charts on who earns, pays and owns

Any policy decision needs to recognise who is affected by a change. It pays to check the data on who pays taxes, who owns assets and who earns the income to ensure an equitable and efficient outcome.

Three good comments from the pension asset test article

With articles on the pensions assets test read about 40,000 times, 3,500 survey responses and thousands of comments, there was a lot of great reader participation. A few comments added extra insights.

Coles no longer happy with the status quo

It used to be Down, Down for prices but the new status quo is Down Down for emissions. Until now, the realm of ESG has been mainly fund managers as 'responsible investors', but companies are now pushing credentials.

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