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Edition 221

  • 6 October 2017

Travelling in the Middle East and Europe was both exciting and exhausting, and a highlight was chatting in Jerusalem with a legend of the start-up tech industry, Jon Medved. His immense enthusiasm for the benefits of new technology follows his belief that we are on the cusp of many extraordinary innovations. Jon has made over 200 early-stage investments with some spectacular exits, and he contends we are at a special time in history.

Being Jon Medved: three decades of start-up investing

Jon Medved is a legend of start-up investing, funding over 200 companies and leading many lucrative exits. In such an exciting space where hundreds of deals come his way each year, what does he look for?

How to invest in early-stage tech businesses

The Australian start-up and venture capital scene is coming of age, and new changes to legislation will make it easier to crowd-fund without the complexity of traditional equity raisings.

Fear of missing out trumping fear of loss

Argentina's economic history shows there's no room for complacency, as the markets often lose their ability to judge risks in the wild search for performance.

Check the Centrelink rules before gifting

Gifting assets in the hope of increasing social security entitlements can be self-defeating. If certain financial levels are breached, the assets gifted remain assessable to the original owner.

Why instos don’t invest in residential housing

Institutional investors have little interest in investing in residential property due to the low yields and favourable taxation concessions offered to owner occupiers and retail investors.

Is your portfolio playing 20/20 or test cricket?

Fund managers are taking more risk in their search for performance, but is it the mad rush of 20/20 at the expense of the steadier and ultimately more rewarding and enduring experience of test cricket?

Goldilocks economy is keeping bears at bay

A 'Goldilocks economy' is one which runs neither too hot nor too cold. A combination of steady global growth, benign inflation and easy monetary conditions is carrying share markets to higher levels.

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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.

Two strong themes and companies that will benefit

There are reasons to believe inflation will stay under control, and although we may see a slowing in the global economy, two companies should benefit from the themes of 'Stable Compounders' and 'Structural Winners'.

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