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Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 465 with weekend update

  • 5 May 2022
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An hour into the media conference following the increase in the cash rate, Governor Philip Lowe admitted there will be a review into the provision by the Reserve Bank of forward guidance on cash rates. He missed the signs and was mistaken to make predictions about no cash rate increases until 2024.

Stephen Hayes on how global real estate is changing

Property funds are not only offices and malls. Australia is at the forefront of sophisticated warehousing but lags on build-to-rent. What about logistics, technology hubs, data centres, self storage and health care?  

2022 election survey results: disillusion and disappointment

In almost 1,000 responses, our readers differ in voting intentions versus polling of the general population, but they have little doubt who will win and there is widespread disappointment with our politics.

Betting markets as election predictors

Believe it or not, betting agencies are in the business of making money, not predicting outcomes. Is there anything we can learn from the current odds on the election results?

Australia’s economic outlook robust, but risks are rising

The headlines are filled with negative news which has unsettled global financial markets. Will the Australian economy remain resilient in the face of these economic threats?

Where to find the opportunities of the future

It is a tough time to be investing in growth stocks but there may be ways investors can take advantage of lower prices and be well positioned when the market and interest rates return to normality.

Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?

Markets may be at an inflection point which could usher in a renewed focus on fundamentals and valuations. Is the golden age of growth investing a thing of the past?

Arms stocks don’t belong in our ESG funds

Amid the war in Ukraine, the investment industry is debating whether the EU should recognise the defence industry as a positive contribution to social sustainability. Does maintaining peace outweigh the social harm?

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Meg on SMSFs: Clearing up confusion on the $3 million super tax

There seems to be more confusion than clarity about the mechanics of how the new $3 million super tax is supposed to work. Here is an attempt to answer some of the questions from my previous work on the issue. 

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 566 with weekend update

Here are 10 rules for staying happy and sharp as we age, including socialise a lot, never retire, learn a demanding skill, practice gratitude, play video games (specific ones), and be sure to reminisce.

  • 27 June 2024

The secrets of Australia’s Berkshire Hathaway

Washington H. Soul Pattinson is an ASX top 50 stock with one of the best investment track records this country has seen. Yet, most Australians haven’t heard of it, and the company seems to prefer it that way.

Australian housing is twice as expensive as the US

A new report suggests Australian housing is twice as expensive as that of the US and UK on a price-to-income basis. It also reveals that it’s cheaper to live in New York than most of our capital cities.

Overcoming the fear of running out of money in retirement

There’s an epidemic in Australia that has nothing to do with COVID-19, the flu, or the respiratory syncytial virus. This one is called FORO, or the fear of running out of money in retirement, and it's a growing problem.

The catalyst for a LICs rebound

The discounts on listed investment vehicles are at historically wide levels. There are lots of reasons given, including size and liquidity, yet there's a better explanation for the discounts, and why a rebound may be near.

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