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Interview on new technologies with more potential to grow

For many global tech companies, COVID has boosted their revenues and pushed share prices to all-time highs. We are on the cusp of amazing technical advances and there are plenty of new opportunities.

Five innovation traps for super funds to avoid

Regulators are insisting that large super funds become more innovative to assist their clients, but what are the traps within businesses that inhibit creativity and fresh solutions?

Five structural headwinds hitting the global economy

High debt, wealth inequality, increasing automation, ageing population, and climate change are among the most significant structural headwinds the global economy faces today. What could this mean for equity investors?

Winner-takes-all is turning conventional wisdom on its head

Despite what the textbooks tell us, a world of more dominant players has not led to higher prices. How does this affect investing?

Investment innovation beyond the status quo

Large super funds have been successful in delivering strong investment returns, but the changing nature of the sector means more investment innovation is necessary for continuing long-term success.

Unconstrained growth found in fresh places

The Australian market is dominated by 12 large companies that are low-growth yield plays. Investors need to look in other places for diversification and growth opportunities.

Stop the tinkering and bring on the ideas

ASFA chief calls on baby boomers to redefine retirement, doubts fintech will disrupt, loathes dinner party freakonomics, believes brands work and wants a market full of fresh ideas not policy tinkering.

Startups, innovation and the Australia-Israel bridge

The number one requirement for a successful startup is resilience in the face of adversity. What lessons can Australian innovators learn from early-stage Israeli ventures, and what are the chances of success?

Smart automation provides competitive edge

Capital expenditure by companies towards technology and software-driven innovation is reducing labour costs and increasing efficiency when executed well.

Innovation offers opportunities for investors

There are plenty of innovative companies out there, but sustained success needs barriers to entry, strong distribution, marketing and research budget and product differentiation.

Investing in the best long-term founders

The success of companies such as Starbucks, Amazon, and Google is a result of a talented and dedicated founder leading the way. Their long-term vision drives innovation and pushes past set-backs along the way.

SMSF technology isn’t standing still

The development of user-focused tools enabling SMSF members to direct their investments, receive information, make decisions and intuitively reach their own goals is moving ahead quickly.

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Five ways the Retirement Review points to new policies

The Retirement Income Review goes much further than an innocent-sounding 'fact base', and is sure to guide policies in the run up to the next election. It will change how we think about retirement incomes.

Graeme Shaw on why investing is at a pivotal moment

Company profits have not improved for many years but higher valuations have been driven by falling rates and excess liquidity. Conditions do not suit a value and contrarian manager but here are some opportunities.

Retirement Review gives strong views on hoarding of super

The Review includes some profound findings, most notable that retirement income should include drawing down far more capital. Expect post-retirement products to proliferate under a Retirement Income Covenant.

11 key findings on retirement dreams during the pandemic

A mid-pandemic survey of over 1,000 people near or in retirement found three in four are not confident how long their money will last. Only 18% felt their money was safe during a strong economic downturn.

Bank scorecard 2020: when will the mojo return?

Banks severely cut dividends in 2020 but are expected to improve payments in 2021. History provides clues to when the banks will return to their 2019 levels of profitability, but who is positioned the best?

Generational wealth transfers will affect all investors

It's not only that 60 is the new 40, but 80 is the new 60. Many Baby Boomers spend up in retirement and are less inclined to leave a nest egg to their children. The ways wealth transfers will affect all investors.

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