Implementation is filling minds and devouring resources across the wealth industry. We have so much to implement, in so little time and without a full picture of the regulatory framework that nervousness pervades our lives.
Technical but important – recent amendments allow the income on investments supporting a non-reversionary pension to continue as exempt current pension income after the death of the member.
With some extra thought in estate planning, a bequest to a charity could be made in a more tax-effective way, creating the potential for larger bequests.
The irreverent Jack Gray starts his irregular, irritating series of dictionary narratives, with some delightful insights full of political incorrectness.
There are excellent investment opportunities in the smaller end of the commercial property market, but it is different from residential and comes with additional risks.
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Not only has the US market returned 39% in Australian dollars over the past 9 months, volatility has not been lower since the mid-2000s. It has been the best run of consistent, high returns in my lifetime.
Investors who follow the herd invariably end up buying near the tops when everybody else is buying and selling near the bottom. Investors need to resist the temptation to get caught up in the hype of the daily news and noise.
Greg Perry and Peter Morgan surprised many people in funds management this week with comments attributed to them in the AFR. Here’s what Greg said in an interview in 2002.
Smart beta strategies which weight companies in a portfolio by factors other than market capitalisation are gaining popularity. But they need a further dimension to assist in the preservation of capital.
Investors tend to believe that markets will keep going in the same direction they have been in the recent past – both on the way up and on the way down. Consumer sentiment peaks at the same time as the market.
Listed Investment Companies compete with managed funds and ETFs for pooled investments, and a couple of legislative changes in recent years have improved their outlook.
Australians should be creating a comprehensive financial plan to live within their means. It may turn out badly unless we teach skills at an early age and incorporate financial planning into our education system.
Both The Economist and The Financial Times have recently run articles on ‘smart beta’, suggesting it is time for all pension trustees to consider the merits of this alternative to traditional indexing and active funds.
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