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Edition 211

  • 21 July 2017

Australian bank margins and profits are underpinned by existing customers not demanding the rates available to new customers. When I sat on bank pricing committees many moons ago, we called this 'retail inertia'. Most borrowers do not walk into their local branch armed with comparison rates and ask for a better deal, and term deposit customers accept poor rollover rates.

Pension income and segregation in an SMSF

A more detailed response to comments on the previous article requesting clarification on the ability to segregate assets in superannuation, especially for SMSFs and members with over $1.6 million.

And we’re off: super tax risks post 1 July

The added complexity of the new superannuation rules increases the compliance burden for investors and their advisers, and the requirements around the $1.6 million threshold are especially complex.

7 ways acquisitions add or destroy value

Well-executed mergers and acquisitions can add material shareholder value, but there are plenty of examples where they destroy value, and in the worst cases, jeopardise the entire company.

The journey is more important than the destination

We may prefer a fast pay off but a long-term approach to investing will result in a less stressful journey and a more successful outcome.

Accessing super before retirement

Transition to Retirement Income Streams are no longer tax-free, but you can still access your super before retirement if you meet certain conditions, and there are strategies to reduce the tax paid.

3 difficulties investing in emerging markets

For many investors, allocations to emerging markets over the years have proved disappointing. An emphasis on corporate governance and social issues can help unlock some of the potential.

Value investing from an Australian perspective

Despite value investing struggling over the last decade, using free cash flow can generate outperformance with lower volatility compared to traditional classifications of value including earnings, book value and dividends.

Clear winner and loser in 2017/2018 survey

Any person responsible for constructing an investment portfolio must make decisions about asset allocation, requiring educated guesses about future returns. Are these results the Wisdom of Crowds?

Thornhill responds on dividends and Buffett

Author and university lecturer, Peter Thornhill, has been part of a lively conversation in our comments section as a result of Ashley Owen's article on dividends. He produced this chart to expand his argument. 

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10 reasons wealthy homeowners shouldn't receive welfare

The RBA Governor says rising house prices are due to "the design of our taxation and social security systems". The OECD says "the prolonged boom in house prices has inflated the wealth of many pensioners without impacting their pension eligibility." What's your view?

House prices surge but falls are common and coming

We tend to forget that house prices often fall. Direct lending controls are more effective than rate rises because macroprudential limits affect the volume of money for housing leaving business rates untouched.

Survey responses on pension eligibility for wealthy homeowners

The survey drew a fantastic 2,000 responses with over 1,000 comments and polar opposite views on what is good policy. Do most people believe the home should be in the age pension asset test, and what do they say?

100 Aussies: five charts on who earns, pays and owns

Any policy decision needs to recognise who is affected by a change. It pays to check the data on who pays taxes, who owns assets and who earns the income to ensure an equitable and efficient outcome.

Three good comments from the pension asset test article

With articles on the pensions assets test read about 40,000 times, 3,500 survey responses and thousands of comments, there was a lot of great reader participation. A few comments added extra insights.

The sorry saga of housing affordability and ownership

It is hard to think of any area of widespread public concern where the same policies have been pursued for so long, in the face of such incontrovertible evidence that they have failed to achieve their objectives.

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