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  • 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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Lessons when a fund manager of the year is down 25%

Every successful fund manager suffers periods of underperformance, and investors who jump from fund to fund chasing results are likely to do badly. Selecting a manager is a long-term decision but what else?

2022 election survey results: disillusion and disappointment

In almost 1,000 responses, our readers differ in voting intentions versus polling of the general population, but they have little doubt who will win and there is widespread disappointment with our politics.

Now you can earn 5% on bonds but stay with quality

Conservative investors who want the greater capital security of bonds can now lock in 5% but they should stay at the higher end of credit quality. Rises in rates and defaults mean it's not as easy as it looks.

30 ETFs in one ecosystem but is there a favourite?

In the last decade, ETFs have become a mainstay of many portfolios, with broad market access to most asset types, as well as a wide array of sectors and themes. Is there a favourite of a CEO who oversees 30 funds?

Welcome to Firstlinks Election Edition 458

At around 10.30pm on Saturday night, Scott Morrison called Anthony Albanese to concede defeat in the 2022 election. As voting continued the next day, it became likely that Labor would reach the magic number of 76 seats to form a majority government.   

  • 19 May 2022

Betting markets as election predictors

Believe it or not, betting agencies are in the business of making money, not predicting outcomes. Is there anything we can learn from the current odds on the election results?

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