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The 4Ps of roboadvice: persist, pivot, partner or pack up

There are at least 20 businesses in Australia operating in 'roboadvice', yet it takes large scale to make these businesses profitable. Most will not make it independently and will need to choose another path.

Why an early roboadvisor pivoted away

In Part 2 on roboadvice, we interview the CEO of a business that started out with the resources and ideas to deliver better outcomes to consumers, but decided to pivot away.

Larry Fink's letter to global business leaders

BlackRock's CEO, Larry Fink, wrote to over 1,000 business leaders on the importance of long-term value creation and why companies should make a positive contribution to society.

Investors should avoid extrapolating recent success

Don't extrapolate success without anticipating new ideas and competition. When consolidation of media power, personal data, or capital is concentrated in a few companies, society repels and rejects.

A decade of Magellan: lessons in building a fund manager

It's a home-grown Australian success story, managing far more for foreign institutions than local, but it took a long time to gain traction while laying the foundations for the massive inflows that were to come.

What to look for in a profitable turnaround

Turnarounds are not easy. As Warren Buffett said: "When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is usually the reputation of the business that remains intact."

Business and social lessons learnt from 'jumping ship'

Michael Traill moved from investment banking to social investing over a 30 year journey. He shares the key themes from his new book, 'Jumping Ship', and his personal motives in writing it.

Lessons from Peter Lynch and Dick Smith

Applying the strategy employed by investing legend, Peter Lynch, might have helped understand the demise of electronics retailer Dick Smith well before most equity analysts saw it in the numbers.

Culture and competitive advantage

In a good company, culture drives the businesses strategy. It guides the way employees work together. And ultimately, culture shapes the type of experience a firm delivers to its employees and clients.

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Retirees facing steep increases for basic items

ASFA has updated its tables on how much money is needed for a 'comfortable' or 'modest' lifestyle in retirement, but there are some prices rising well ahead of inflation.

Let’s stop calling them ‘bond proxies’

With cash and term deposit rates at all-time lows, and fixed interest bonds not much better, investors are looking for ‘bond proxies’ to deliver more income. But is ‘proxy’ a misnomer, and what are they anyway?

Adele Ferguson on ‘Banking Bad’ and weaving magic

The journalist most responsible for the calling of the Royal Commission takes care not to be roped in by everyone with a complaint to push. It takes experienced judgement to gather the right information.

Six warning bells against property spruikers

Property spruikers use common techniques, and con men will increasingly target older people who feel they do not have enough financial independence for their retirement years.

Helping your children build their super

It has become more difficult to build large superannuation balances with contribution caps and more people paying off home loans for longer. How can wealthy parents help their adult children?

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