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Summer Series Guest Editor, Bryce Doherty

Guest Editor, Bryce Doherty, sees financial literacy as a pillar on which Australians prepare for the future, and he highlights five articles which are timeless examples of how to build portfolios for the long term.

What is happening in Australian property?

The property market is far from homogeneous, and investors should consider different impacts on residential, office and retail sectors. Is Myer a bellwether for retail changes?

Listed property report card for August 2017

A quick name-by-name summary from the latest round of A-REIT (listed property) results with most trusts doing well as management teams deliver on their strategies.

Eight key features of successful companies

There's a lot more to identifying great small companies than the financials, and it pays to lift the lid on the underlying characteristics of the best businesses, including the people who run them.

Close correlations of the oil kind

  • 18 August 2016

For multi-asset investment managers, today’s low growth, low yielding environment represents the best of times to demonstrate the power of diversification.

For sale: cheaper apartments

There has been a massive increase in apartment commencement, with 137,000 now under construction. There is doubt whether all buyers will proceed to settlement if prices fall due to oversupply.

From feast to famine: how emerging markets are creating a global savings shortfall

  • 6 July 2016

When a country’s national savings falls short of its investments, it has to borrow from overseas. The savings feast provided by emerging economies that was one driver of falling interest rates a decade ago has become a famine.

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10 reasons wealthy homeowners shouldn't receive welfare

The RBA Governor says rising house prices are due to "the design of our taxation and social security systems". The OECD says "the prolonged boom in house prices has inflated the wealth of many pensioners without impacting their pension eligibility." What's your view?

House prices surge but falls are common and coming

We tend to forget that house prices often fall. Direct lending controls are more effective than rate rises because macroprudential limits affect the volume of money for housing leaving business rates untouched.

Survey responses on pension eligibility for wealthy homeowners

The survey drew a fantastic 2,000 responses with over 1,000 comments and polar opposite views on what is good policy. Do most people believe the home should be in the age pension asset test, and what do they say?

100 Aussies: five charts on who earns, pays and owns

Any policy decision needs to recognise who is affected by a change. It pays to check the data on who pays taxes, who owns assets and who earns the income to ensure an equitable and efficient outcome.

Three good comments from the pension asset test article

With articles on the pensions assets test read about 40,000 times, 3,500 survey responses and thousands of comments, there was a lot of great reader participation. A few comments added extra insights.

The sorry saga of housing affordability and ownership

It is hard to think of any area of widespread public concern where the same policies have been pursued for so long, in the face of such incontrovertible evidence that they have failed to achieve their objectives.

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