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Fund giant feels heat in ETF fee war

State Street Global Advisors is a pioneer in the Australian ETF market, but aggressive pricing from new rivals has eroded its competitive edge.

Millennials struggle to invest, but property top priority

The investment industry is looking for the best ways to engage with millennials. While younger people want to invest, they are either saving for a home or cannot afford to invest at the moment. 

Four major insights from APRA’s super heatmap

Check your fund on the heatmap. Many super trustees must decide whether to stick with their strategies or accept that APRA will take a tough approach to weeding out underperformers with high fees.

Checking the temperature of the APRA heatmap

The APRA MySuper heatmap uses a consistent methodology, and some funds come out badly. How will members and trustees react, and should APRA have sorted out the problems privately? 

Australian ETFs further widen their appeal

ETFs continue to increase strongly, especially in the fixed income category, with younger people and advisers among the major growth categories. Within a year, assets could hit $75 billion. 

A decade of Aussie shares: who delivered, who dithered?

Following the uncertainty of the GFC, 2010 to 2019 delivered decent Australian share results overall, with wide variations by sector. It's fascinating to see who won and lost over the decade.

Have bonds reached the end of the line?

Some investors are questioning the role of bonds with such low rates, but they remain an important part of a diversified portfolio for several reasons. Don't give up on them yet.

How to sell business real property into an SMSF

From 1 July 2018, new provisions affect SMSF members putting business real property into their SMSF, including making future contributions. But it's not the end of this popular strategy.

The role of retirement villages in retiree housing

The majority of Australians prefer to ‘age in place’, and legislation on retirement villages is complex. They are increasingly popular but understanding the options is not for the faint-hearted.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 336

  • 11 December 2019

The irony of the focus on longevity and the retiree fear of money running out is that most people leave more assets to their estate than they held when they entered retirement. If it's possible to look from beyond the grave, it must be frustrating to have worked hard and saved, then lived a frugal retirement, only to see the following generations fritter the money away.

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Are you caught in the ‘retirement trap’?

Our retirement savings system is supposed to encourage financial independence but there is a ‘Retirement Trap’ due to the reduction of age pension entitlements as assets and income rise.

The power of letting winners run

Handling extreme winners is a complex task. Conventional wisdom such as “you never go broke taking a profit” often leaves a lot of money on the table as strong growth stocks continue to run.

Tony Togher on why cash isn’t just cash

An active manager of cash and fixed interest funds can achieve higher returns than the cash rate through a selection of other securities while managing both liquidity and income for clients.

NAB hybrid: one says buy, one says sell, you decide

Differences of opinion make a market, and hybrid specialists disagree on the likelihood that NAB will call one of its hybrids early. It makes a major difference to the expected return on NABHA.

Watch your SMSF’s annual return this year

The best way to preserve your SMSF’s favoured status is to make sure the fund’s annual return reaches the ATO on time. There are new rules this year that every SMSF trustee should know.

Worshipping at the altar of alternative assets

Investors worried about an overvalued sharemarket and low interest rates on term deposits and bonds are focusing on alternatives. What are they and how are they used by leading asset allocators?

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