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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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Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 433 with weekend update

There’s this story about a group of US Air Force generals in World War II who try to figure out ways to protect fighter bombers (and their crew) by examining the location of bullet holes on returning planes. Mapping the location of these holes, the generals quickly come to the conclusion that the areas with the most holes should be prioritised for additional armour.

  • 11 November 2021

Why has Australia slipped down the global super ranks?

Australia appears to be slipping from the pantheon of global superstar pension systems, with a recent report placing us sixth. A review of an earlier report, which had Australia in bronze position, points to some reasons why, and what might need to happen to regain our former glory.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 431 with weekend update

House prices have risen at the fastest pace for 33 years, but what actually happened in 1988, and why is 2021 different? Here's a clue: the stockmarket crashed 50% between September and November 1987. Looking ahead, where did house prices head in the following years, 1989 to 1991?

  • 28 October 2021

How to help people with retirement spending decisions

Super funds will soon be required to offer retirement income strategies for members in decumulation. With uncertain returns, uncertain timelines, and different goals, it's possibly “the hardest, nastiest problem in finance".

Tips when taking large withdrawals from super

You want to take a lump sum from your super, but what's the best way? Should it come from you or your spouse, or the pension or accumulation account. There is a welcome flexibility to select the best outcome.

“Trust your instinct” Hamish Douglass in conversation with Sir Frank Lowy AC

Sir Frank shares his story, including his journey from war-torn Europe, identifying opportunities, key character traits necessary for business success, and the importance of remaining paranoid yet optimistic.

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