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Edition 208

  • 30 June 2017

In this financial year, the S&P/ASX200 threatened both the 5,000 and 6,000 levels without quite reaching either milestone. Despite Trump, Brexit, terrorism and high debts, it feels like the market was quieter than this 1,000 point range as the realised volatilities in both the S&P/ASX200 index and S&P500 index are close to long-term lows.

How you invested due to super changes

It's revealing to read what investors actually did with their superannuation in response to the 1 July rules changes, and the comments show many people are tired of the constant tinkering with the super rules.

The 3 key principles of retirement income

Designing an adequate retirement income system is not only about new products, but personalised assessment of circumstances and good financial advice. There is no one-shot, silver bullet solution.

Who pays if your apartment building catches fire?

The Grenfell Tower disaster highlighted dangers posed by faulty building materials. It’s usually property owners that bear the majority of the costs for correcting ill-considered policy or builders’ mistakes.

4 rules for measuring after-tax investing success

Is the tax payable on your investment earnings eroding returns unnecessarily? Changes to the way fund managers invest so that tax-effects are part of the investment decision can make a meaningful difference.

5 questions that reveal good financial advice

It makes sense for investors to seek quality financial advice, but sorting through the pool of advisers to find the best can be tough. Don't rely on industry regulation to do the checking for you.

Ambachtsheer on fostering ‘long-termism’

Given the allure of short-term beauty contest investing, how can we accelerate the shift towards a longer-term, pragmatic and sustainable approach to investing?

Red wine and our green reputation in China

China’s growing middle class is providing export opportunities for Australia outside the traditional resources, travel and education sectors. 'Clean and green' supports food and health products, with wine the big mover.

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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.

Five stock recoveries not hanging on COVID predictions

The focus on predicting the recovery from the pandemic is the wrong emphasis. Better to identify great companies benefitting from market changes over a three- to five-year horizon with or without COVID.

Peak to peak, which LIC managers performed during COVID?

A comprehensive review of dozens of LICs shows how they performed in the crucial 'peak to peak' of COVID. This 14 months tested the mettle and strategies of a sector often under fire, with many strong results.

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.

Blink and you missed a seismic shift in these stocks

Blink and it happened. If announcements in this sector were made by a producer of iron ore, gas, copper or some new tech, the news would have been splashed across the front pages. Have we witnessed a major change?

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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