Author Archive | Graham Hand

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The amazing AUSTRAC versus CBA turmoil

Readers made many insightful comments about trust in financial institutions last week, and we welcome further constructive feedback about the unbelievable cash laundering through CBA ATMs.

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Clear winner and loser in 2017/2018 survey

Any person responsible for constructing an investment portfolio must make decisions about asset allocation, requiring educated guesses about future returns. Are these results the Wisdom of Crowds?

Amazon

4 rules Amazon uses to avoid painful decline

Amazon is changing retailing, and Jeff Bezos has driven his company with paranoid customer focus and 4 rules that avoid going into a death spiral. How many big companies are capable of adopting them?

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Spaceship stalls on the launch pad

The marketing of Spaceship super has been better at engaging young people than any superannuation fund before it, but does it have the right product for a long-term flight?

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How you invested due to super changes

It’s revealing to read what investors actually did with their superannuation in response to the 1 July rules changes, and the comments show many people are tired of the constant tinkering with the super rules.

Chris Cuffe OA The Australian

Congratulations to Chris on his Queen’s Birthday Honours Award

Congratulations to Chris Cuffe, awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the community as an advocate for philanthropy, as a supporter of improved financial efficiencies in charitable organisation and to the funds management industry”. Plus, of course, financial education through Cuffelinks.

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What will happen with the bank levy?

Lower profits and dividends? Lower deposit rates? Higher home loan rates? Higher fees? Lower bank salaries and bonuses? Dumping or an increase? Where will the cost of the bank levy go?

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How I lost my files to ransomware

A cautionary tale to remind us that the authentic-looking email from that authentic company we deal with may not be friendly at all. This is what a ransomware virus can do after a moment’s lack of care.

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Budget super changes impact at the margins

Budget 2017 outlined two changes to superannuation rules, both in an attempt to improve home affordability. One makes a small reduction in the tax burden for savers, while the other allows more money into super.