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Edition 206

  • 16 June 2017

Both Warren Buffett and Howard Marks dislike equating volatility with risk, although this is the most common definition of risk used in asset management. The lack of volatility (prior to last week) in the prices of the big 'FAAMG' stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft (or Netflix) and Alphabet, parent of Google) illustrates the problem. These stocks have risen to lofty valuations which have driven 40% of the gains in the broad S&P500 year-to-date.

10 cognitive biases that can lead to investment mistakes (part 1)

Knowing about psychological barriers to good investment performance can help to understand and minimise mistakes. Consider how often a cognitive bias has led to a poor investment.

Bank collapse wakes up hybrids, but is subordinated better?

Investors received a wake-up call to the potential risks of hybrid and subordinated securities following the collapse of Banco Popular Espanol, and the price falls in Australian hybrids shows the market took notice.

The value of Adviser's Alpha explained

The main benefit a financial adviser can give clients is not in stock picking or selecting an outperforming manager, but acting as a wealth coach and helping to control emotions.

Banks and bankers: why do we shoot the messengers?

Despite the commonly held views that Australians hate banks, market research shows the vast majority are satisfied with their bank. Same with super funds. What about bank managers and financial advisers?

How to define spending goals in retirement

A retirement financial plan must consider longevity, health and liabilities, making it far more complicated than the simpler investment strategy in the accumulation phase.

3 implications of retail disruption for emerging markets

Most investors think of online disruption in terms of the developed world and Silicon Valley, but there are important implications for listed companies in emerging markets.

Is it time to review your super pension?

If the sum of a couple’s pension balances is over $1.6 million and a spouse dies, what can the survivor do to keep the assets in the superannuation environment?

Timing on transfer balance cap and CGT relief

A point by point final reminder of actions needed before 30 June on large pension balances, plus good news about the timing to claim CGT relief to reset the cost base to market values.

Congratulations to Chris on his Queen's Birthday Honours Award

Congratulations to Chris Cuffe, awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to the community as an advocate for philanthropy, as a supporter of improved financial efficiencies in charitable organisation and to the funds management industry”. Plus, of course, financial education through Cuffelinks.

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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.

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