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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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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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