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  • 17 November 2017

The S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Index (ASX Small Ords) has surged by over 10% in the last three months on a seemingly new upward trajectory despite what was a fairly mixed reporting season. For the month of October 2017 alone, the Index delivered a gain of 6%.

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What’s driving the recent Small Ords surge?

The Small Ords index is running hot with many winners, but have fundamentals taken a back seat to momentum, unbounded optimism and the fear of missing out on the next big thing?

How fixed interest is undergoing profound change

Exposure to bonds in the last few decades has delivered strong returns, but the risks in simply buying a bond index are acute and investors should consider different ways of investing in bonds.

Has P2P marketplace lending become B2P?

The peer-to-peer (P2P) or marketplace lending market is winning market share, but there is a question whether it is truly a market of peers, or more an aggregator of small loans for large investors.

What is happening in Australian property?

The property market is far from homogeneous, and investors should consider different impacts on residential, office and retail sectors. Is Myer a bellwether for retail changes?

Mistakes in SMSFs on related party loans

The law in relation to SMSFs is complex and unfortunately, even professional advisers can get it wrong. Take this example of related party lending.

Moving your SMSF into pension phase

Understanding the rules for starting an account-based pension to fund retirement income is an important part of estate planning and should be done with expert guidance.

Are robo-advisers relationship-ready or one-night stands?

Good financial advice requires finding out a lot about an investor, in the same way a good relationship involves more than a few online questions.

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Finding sustainable dividend stocks on the ASX

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Among key trends in Australian banks, one factor stands out

The Big Four banks look similar but they are at fundamentally different stages as they move to simpler business models. Amid challenges from operating systems, loan growth and neobank threats, one factor stands tall.

Why mega-tech growth are the best ‘value’ stocks in the market

They are six of the greatest businesses ever and should form part of the global portfolios of all investors. The market sees risk in inflation and valuations but the companies are positioned for outstanding growth.

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.

How to manage the run down in your income in retirement

The first of five articles on modern retirement income products that aim for an increasing pension that lasts for life and on average should not decline in real terms. They are not silver bullets but worth a look.

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