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The future of media: It's game on, now!

Anyone investing in media must understand the momentous change and disruption underway. During a span of just 21 days, US$85 billion of M&A centred on video games, which is now bigger than the movie industry.

Social media’s impact is changing markets

Social media, app and trading platforms that drive retail participation also open doors for greater volatility. Ironically, easy money is contributing to market risks, with shorting hit by spiking to the upside.

Facebook, Google need new business model

It is better for management and regulatory bodies to work together to preserve the innovative engines of Facebook and Google, not impose painful government intervention.

Global platforms face regulatory threats

Pressure is mounting on the leading digital platforms to better police inappropriate content before the regulators disrupt the disruptors. There's still time to put their own houses in order.

Your social media rights in a digital future

Read in their simplest form, it's surprising what rights people give up when they sign into any of the social media sites, and this year's Boyer Lectures highlight where society and social media are headed.

Facebook: social network or pervasive global media giant?

Facebook has changed the way we communicate, but more importantly, it knows our viewing and spending habits and can turn this into massive revenues.

Unusual trends give investing tailwinds

Two strong trends at the moment centre around our increasing addiction to the selfie and online gaming. These major global themes also have related investment opportunities.

Asia’s online dragons compare favourably with Facebook

American-based internet businesses are high on everyone's radar, but is biggest always best? It's worth checking the emerging market's equivalents and how differently they operate.

Where finance professionals look for news

A survey of the financial news viewing habits of senior finance professionals shows online sources are the most popular, especially trade publications. Mainstream media has been sidelined as a principal source.

Protect your personal digital assets

With so much of our lives contained in the digital world these days, consider what happens to that information following our demise. Here are some suggestions on how to include digital assets in your estate planning.

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How to enjoy your retirement

Amid thousands of comments, tips include developing interests to keep occupied, planning in advance to have enough money, staying connected with friends and communities ... should you defer retirement or just do it?

Results from our retirement experiences survey

Retirement is a good experience if you plan for it and manage your time, but freedom from money worries is key. Many retirees enjoy managing their money but SMSFs are not for everyone. Each retirement is different.

A tonic for turbulent times: my nine tips for investing

Investing is often portrayed as unapproachably complex. Can it be distilled into nine tips? An economist with 35 years of experience through numerous market cycles and events has given it a shot.

Rival standard for savings and incomes in retirement

A new standard argues the majority of Australians will never achieve the ASFA 'comfortable' level of retirement savings and it amounts to 'fearmongering' by vested interests. If comfortable is aspirational, so be it.

Dalio v Marks is common sense v uncommon sense

Billionaire fund manager standoff: Ray Dalio thinks investing is common sense and markets are simple, while Howard Marks says complex and convoluted 'second-level' thinking is needed for superior returns.

Fear is good if you are not part of the herd

If you feel fear when the market loses its head, you become part of the herd. Develop habits to embrace the fear. Identify the cause, decide if you need to take action and own the result without looking back. 

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