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10 reasons not to hold bank royal commission

There is popular and political support for a bank royal commission, but what can it really achieve? Two years of bank bashing for doubtful results in an already heavily-regulated and monitored industry.

Investing in car spaces? Park that idea

When the NSW Government announced some apartments will no longer be required to have car spaces, real estate agents predicted rising prices for existing spots. They overlooked one nasty little cost for investors.

Watch your neighbour in managed funds

The actions of other investors in a managed fund can have a material impact on individuals in the fund. How much do you know about the realised and unrealised capital gains, franking credits or distributions of your fund?

The perils of hybrids

With the current low interest rates, many investors are building exposures to hybrids unaware of the risks. Check the warnings of legendary investor, Ben Graham, and consider if hybrids can withstand a downturn.

Caveat Emptor: Super caps for workers over 65

Graeme Colley answers a reader’s question on making non-concessional contributions to super after the age of 65, including how the contributions caps work in different situations and how to make the most of them.

The decline of margin lending

Investments using margin loans must at least cover the cost of interest and other fees, currently around 8%. Fewer investors are using these products, but how long until we fall in love all over again?

More questions on QE

With the ‘tapering’ finally announced last night, it’s as important as ever to understand what’s happening. So when Rick Cosier asked some of the questions many would like answered, Warren Bird obliged.

Are income funds just arbitrage funds?

Australian equity income funds have become extremely popular as investors look for yield and income, but are they arbitrage funds by another name? Rudi Minbatiwala of the Colonial First State Equity Income Fund responds.

Caveat Emptor? Your criticisms of financial products answered by the manufacturers

This week, we answer four of your Caveat Emptor questions on our website. Send us your criticism or concerns about a financial product, and we’ll ask an expert to respond. Write to us at [email protected]

Watch the performance of performance fees

Paying a high performance fee must be a good problem to have, as it must mean the fund manager has delivered outstanding performance, right? It’s not always the case, and it pays to know how the fee is calculated.

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