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Australian economy

Get me out of Australia?

Although some domestic cyclical companies currently offer value, the attraction of offshore growth is a key factor for investors, including strong Australian companies with global aspirations.

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Tax-free super is due to a social contract

The design of superannuation is part of a social contract, and people who do not understand the long-term context are often offended that super funds should be tax-free in retirement. Don’t blame Peter Costello.

value for money in active management; company tax

Franking credits made easy

A reader has asked for the simplest possible explanation of dividend imputation and franking, as the heated debate features many people who do not understand the basics.

policy options

Assessing Labor franking policy options

Investors whose income may be hit by Labor’s franking credits proposal can reallocate away from fully franked dividends to other investments to maintain their income, but it will involve different risks.

Active ETFs

Active ETFs are a great Aussie invention

All vehicles come with pros and cons versus alternatives, and Active ETFs have a wide range of appealing characteristics in which Australia has led the world. Many more Active ETFs will be launched.

trading insights

Trading trends feature global moves

Notwithstanding the popularity of ETFs, Australians are increasingly trading directly on foreign exchanges as online brokers make execution easier. But traditional local names remain popular.

Uncertain times

Uncertain times but be ready to lock and load

Those who worry about a tough year for shares in 2019 should not overlook the risks in fixed rate bonds, which might not be the defensive play required at this time. Better to watch for the bargains the share market will offer.

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An insider’s view from the top of CBA

The Commonwealth Bank’s reputation has taken a battering at the Royal Commission, and a veteran of 13 years on the top table of the Bank’s Executive Committee explains what went wrong and where we should head.

acquisitions

6 checks on whether acquisitions create value

Companies always boast the synergies and growth prospects of acquisitions, but dig a little deeper with these questions and you might see why most of these deals fail to add value when finally bedded down.

Fintechs savings banks

Fintechs could challenge savings banks

Fintechs want to inject themselves between banks and their customers in the most profitable areas. Most will fail but others will chip away and the banks must respond, while the regulators keep a close watch.

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