Author Archive | Hugh Dive

building

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.

resources

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.

reporting season

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.

IPOs

Beware of investment bankers bearing gifts

Investors face a barrage of glowing research from investment banks trumpeting the blue sky potential of new companies seeking to be listed on the ASX. It’s crucial to ignore the spin and focus on the business itself.

Biotech and pharma

Investing in biotech and pharma

Biotech and pharma are seductive and exciting sectors to invest in. When products are developed and successfully adopted, it can be very profitable, but most projects do not succeed, and it’s good to know what you’re doing.

Searching for yield to pay the bills

Whilst the latest cut in the target cash rate to 2.25% is a positive move for equity investors, it’s a negative for savers, especially retirees living off the income generated by their term deposits.

Currency winners and losers

The Australian dollar has finally fallen against the currencies of most trading partners, and there will be companies that benefit or struggle at the new levels. If you think it will fall further, how do you take advantage?