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Implications of a green future

Australia’s electricity system is undergoing unprecedented change arising from the proliferation of renewable energy generation, but our existing energy system is not designed to cope with such rapid transition.

Solving for 2021: The world after the coronavirus

Neuberger Berman's senior investment leaders look to the coming year in the global economy and markets and identify key themes they anticipate will guide investment decisions in 2021.

BetaShares’ Top 3 global tactical trades using ETFS

Chief Economist, David Bassanese, outlines what he considers to be three alternative global investment opportunities and how to access some of the 98% of investment opportunities that are outside of Australia.

'China tech' and concentration risk in emerging markets

Like tech in the US, a few Chinese internet behemoths have become increasingly dominant in the emerging market cap-weighted index, Realindex Investments reports.

Five reasons why Australian shares are likely to outperform in the year ahead

This note provides an update and looks at five reasons why the Australian economy is well placed for a solid recovery in 2021 and why Australian shares are likely to be relative outperformers versus global shares.

Water disruption: investment risk from multiple angles

Water itself isn’t just an economic policy issue and risk arising from population growth and climate change. This paper outlines how water is impacting the day-to-day operations of investee companies and how they are thinking through their own business models and business risk.

Three big market changes in recent weeks

(Written prior to the US election) Perpetual’s Multi Asset team share their perspectives on the most recent developments of the continuously-evolving Coronavirus situation and the related implications on financial markets, the global economy and policy responses.

A Perpetual view of the US election

For a view of the US election result and the effect on the stock markets and the economies of the US and Australia, we’re talking with three of Perpetual's investment specialists and researchers.

Airlines: After the COVID nosedive

In March 2020, air travel as the public knew it changed forever due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The challenges faced by airlines are significant but there are reasons to invest selectively now.

Guide to market recoveries: How to stay focused on long-term success

While bear markets can be difficult, they can also be periods of opportunity. To help put recent markets into perspective, this report outlines three facts about market recoveries and three mistakes that investors should avoid.

An enduring solution for low yields

Investor portfolios built on a dividend-focused strategy will need to be 100% allocated to equities and greatly elevate their portfolio risk, to meet most income needs in the current low yield environment.

The 2020-21 Australian Budget

Last year's “back in black and back on track” budget was all about delivering the long-awaited budget surplus. This year, it’s spend, spend, spend as the focus remains on recovery and jobs, jobs, jobs.

Most viewed in recent weeks

Stop treating the family home as a retirement sacred cow

The way home ownership relates to retirement income is rated a 'D', as in Distortion, Decumulation and Denial. For many, their home is their largest asset but it's least likely to be used for retirement income.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 433 with weekend update

There’s this story about a group of US Air Force generals in World War II who try to figure out ways to protect fighter bombers (and their crew) by examining the location of bullet holes on returning planes. Mapping the location of these holes, the generals quickly come to the conclusion that the areas with the most holes should be prioritised for additional armour.

  • 11 November 2021

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 431 with weekend update

House prices have risen at the fastest pace for 33 years, but what actually happened in 1988, and why is 2021 different? Here's a clue: the stockmarket crashed 50% between September and November 1987. Looking ahead, where did house prices head in the following years, 1989 to 1991?

  • 28 October 2021

Why has Australia slipped down the global super ranks?

Australia appears to be slipping from the pantheon of global superstar pension systems, with a recent report placing us sixth. A review of an earlier report, which had Australia in bronze position, points to some reasons why, and what might need to happen to regain our former glory.

How to help people with retirement spending decisions

Super funds will soon be required to offer retirement income strategies for members in decumulation. With uncertain returns, uncertain timelines, and different goals, it's possibly “the hardest, nastiest problem in finance".

Tips when taking large withdrawals from super

You want to take a lump sum from your super, but what's the best way? Should it come from you or your spouse, or the pension or accumulation account. There is a welcome flexibility to select the best outcome.

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