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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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Five stock recoveries not hanging on COVID predictions

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Peak to peak, which LIC managers performed during COVID?

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Finding sustainable dividend stocks on the ASX

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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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