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Bank reporting season scorecard

Bank reporting season scorecard for FY18

This exclusive annual scorecard checks bank results in a difficult year, and looks ahead at the hurdles and opportunities for the sector that many Australians rely on for their income.

Bank reporting season scorecard

Bank reporting season scorecard: May 2018

Our regular check on the ‘star’ performances from the Australian banks’ May 2018 reporting season in the face of low credit growth, increased regulatory scrutiny and the sales of insurance and wealth management divisions.

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Short selling is harder than you think

The rapid price fall of Blue Sky following a poor report from a foreign seller makes it look as if short selling is easy, but there are many risks and details to consider along the way.

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Banks reporting season Scorecard 2017

A look at the ‘star’ performances from the Australian banks’ financial results for 2017 and how they have handled non-bank competition, government levies and business divestments.

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Who pays if your apartment building catches fire?

The Grenfell Tower disaster highlighted dangers posed by faulty building materials. It’s usually property owners that bear the majority of the costs for correcting ill-considered policy or builders’ mistakes.

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Behind the headline profit numbers

There’s more to a company’s profitability than the headline dollar figure. Measures such as return on equity, return on assets and profit margin can provide a much better and balanced perspective.

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Inside a hot IPO

An insider’s view of how institutional investors approach a hot IPO and the charade that goes on between fund managers and the investment banks running the show.

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The value of wealth management for Australian banks

The wealth management businesses of major banks may be efficient uses of their capital, but it comes with scrutiny of the vertical integration model and culture risks. There’s increasing focus on whether it’s worth having.

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Takeovers: what would ‘The Gambler’ do?

When analysing the latest takeover offer, these timeless country music lyrics come to mind. Because each situation is different, you’ll need to know whether to accept the offer, hold out for more, or just dump and run.

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Judging big profits beyond the big headlines

The major banks and other large companies attract a lot of attention when they report profits of billions of dollars, but other measures of profitability show the big headline figures can be misleading.

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What to do with resource stocks

After the large falls in the prices of most resource stocks over the last year, investors might be wondering what to do. Here are a few factors to consider relating to resources at this time of great uncertainty.

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What goes on during reporting season?

Reporting season is hard work for equity analysts, especially when a company’s results differ from the expected. It’s also a time for a company to outline its strategy and gauge the reaction of its owners, the fund managers.