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  • 15 December 2017

A bumper final edition for 2017 starts with the year's big bubble. Joe Kennedy was a wealthy Wall Street investor in 1929, and he famously said he exited the market before the crash when a shoeshine boy started giving him stock tips, as there were no more "greater fools" to join the party. Last week, an Uber driver told me he had bought a Bitcoin, he watched the market every day and he was making more money than driving a car. Apparently, the only way is up.

Why most LIC performance reporting is inadequate

Listed Investment Companies on the ASX are currently worth about $37 billion, but their reporting of performance should improve to give investors a better basis for comparison.

LICs: Traders versus investors for tax purposes

The ATO distinguishes between LICs, deeming some as investors for tax purposes and some as traders for tax purposes. This distinction has implications for the way dividends are sourced and capital gains are treated.

What will investment markets deliver in 2018?

The markets successfully negotiated many fear factors in 2017 and rewarded investors. What does 2018 bring for Australian and global shares, listed property and fixed interest?

Inside Investing, Podcast Episode #6

In Episode #6, we discuss the Future Fund versus SMSFs, Telstra's prospects, Geoff Wilson's outlook, ETF trends, LIC reporting and the business case for the stadium rebuilds.

The index investing story could be even better

Passive investing typically incurs less tax than active investing but should be made even more tax-effective by using losses in the portfolio to offset taxable capital gains.

Manufacturing makes a surprising change

The old paradigm that manufacturing will increasingly transfer to low-cost developing countries is being turned on its head by technology advances.

No, Gladys, build it and they won't come

The $2.3 billion allocated by the NSW Government to rebuild two stadiums will haunt them until the next election. Focussing on Allianz Stadium, what's the business case and will crowds increase materially when it's rebuilt?

The ethical investing trend and a Kiwi lesson

Research suggests a strong trend toward responsible and ethical investing. Valuation effects of disclosure in NZ recently were dramatic, and Australian financial institutions should take heed.

Become an informed user of retirement expertise

You can only receive the full benefit of expertise if you're an informed consumer. Can you paint a picture of what your retirement success and failure looks like?

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Three steps to planning your spending in retirement

What happens when a superannuation expert sets up his own retirement portfolio using decades of knowledge? He finds he can afford much more investment risk in his portfolio than conventional thinking suggests.

Five stock recoveries not hanging on COVID predictions

The focus on predicting the recovery from the pandemic is the wrong emphasis. Better to identify great companies benefitting from market changes over a three- to five-year horizon with or without COVID.

Peak to peak, which LIC managers performed during COVID?

A comprehensive review of dozens of LICs shows how they performed in the crucial 'peak to peak' of COVID. This 14 months tested the mettle and strategies of a sector often under fire, with many strong results.

Finding sustainable dividend stocks on the ASX

There is a small universe of companies on the ASX which are reliable dividend payers over five years, are fairly valued and are classified as ‘negligible’ or ‘low’ on both ESG risk and carbon risk.

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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