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Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 535 with weekend update

  • 16 November 2023
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The tech sector in the US has had a barnstorming year and is closing in on 2021 highs. It’s in bubble territory once again, yet broader markets don't seem expensive and some other sectors seem downright cheap.

Charlie Munger on Buffett, gambling, Apple, and China

Munger is best known as Warren Buffett’s sidekick though he’s a formidable investor in his own right. Here he addresses what makes Buffett great, Costco's retailing genius and Berkshire's investments in Apple, Japan, and China.

Does Barrenjoey hold the key to Magellan's fortunes?

Magellan Financial Group has had a tough time of it, with its faltering funds management business getting all the attention. Less mentioned is the significant value in the company's other assets, such as Barrenjoey.

Former RBA Governor on why interest rates won't come down soon

Former RBA Governor Ian Macfarlane says our economy has held up well given the sharp spike in interest rates. He thinks that economic strength plus high inflation mean rates are more likely to go higher than lower in 2024.

Meg on SMSFs: Is a binding death benefit nomination worth it?

A binding death benefit nomination makes sense if you belong to an APRA super fund, yet how about if all of your super is in an SMSF? Here are the pros and cons of having such a nomination in your SMSF.

Why avoiding losers is the key to successful investing

Novak Djokovic is likely the greatest ever tennis player, and the secret to his success comes from making fewer errors than his opponents. Similarly, successful investing comes more from avoiding losers than picking winners.

Podcast: Matt Williams, digital gold, Warnes on investor complacency

Airlie's Matt Williams on recent investments in ResMed and Orora, The World Gold Council's Joe Cavatoni on the rise of digital gold, and Peter Warnes chides investor complacency given economic and market risks.

The best active and passive REIT funds

Passive funds have historically outperformed active funds in REITs, though it doesn't tell the full story. About 44% of A-REIT active funds have beaten their benchmark over 10 years, and some by a considerable amount.

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The best strategy to build income for life

Owning quality, dividend-producing industrial shares is key to building a decent income stream. Here is an update on the long-term performance of industrial stocks against indices, listed property, and term deposits.

Are more taxes on super on the cards?

The Government's broken promise on tax cuts has prompted speculation about other promises that it may consider breaking. It's widely believed that super is lightly taxed and a prime candidate for special attention.

Lessons from the battery metals bust

The crash in lithium and nickel prices has left companies scrambling to cut production, billionaires red-faced, and investors wondering how a ‘sure thing’ went so wrong. There are plenty of lessons for everyone.

16 ASX stocks to buy and hold forever

In his recent shareholder letter, Warren Buffett mentions several stocks he expects Berkshire Hathaway will own indefinitely, including Occidental Petroleum. We look at ASX stocks that investors could buy and hold forever.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 545 with weekend update

It’s troubling that practical skills like investing aren’t taught at schools as it leaves our children ill-equipped to build wealth, and more vulnerable to bad advice. Here are some suggestions to address the issue.

  • 1 February 2024

For the younger generation, we need to get real on tax

The distortions in our tax system have been ignored for too long, and we're now paying the price. It's time Australia got real and addressed the problems to prevent an even greater intergenerational tragedy.

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