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Edition 205

  • 9 June 2017

Investors should know what motivates the people who manage their money. The safe and predictable response is maximising performance for clients, but scratch below the surface and there are often other factors at play. Most commonly not revealed are career risk and brand risk.

Mary Meeker’s amazing Internet Trends 2017

The latest Internet Trends presentation from Mary Meeker comes in at a weighty 355 pages, but there is not a business or industry which is not affected by these changes. Watch her 33 minute summary.

Shopping centres: back to the future as community centres

If retailers and shopping centres are to survive the online onslaught, they need to return to Victor Gruen’s original vision of malls as community centres, rather than focussing only on sales and consumerism.

From deflation fears to inflation worries

Not long ago, investors were worried about deflation, but there are signs the opposite is now a greater risk. There are types of investment worth considering for a portfolio in case inflation takes hold again.

8 factors to consider when assessing LICs

There are now almost 100 Listed Investment Companies, but they are not created equally. There are important differentiating features that should be considered before choosing where to invest.

Find a 'sweet spot' rather than complexity

Chasing higher market returns inevitably comes with higher risk, but is there a portfolio 'sweet spot' that accepts some risk in exchange for better performance, while keeping fees under control?

Bitcoin as the new gold, or where I’ve seen this before

Bitcoins are experiencing a massive price hike, and there's little history to draw on to guide the future. However, another market provides a remarkable insight into what can happen when the optimism turns.

Bitcoin and lessons from speculative bubbles

It's human nature to want to join the fun when prices rise rapidly, especially with stories of a few dollars turned into millions, but these are the times to treat with the utmost caution.

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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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