Confidence is important but can be misleading in terms of what is actually going on. Our emotions, which make us human, need to be balanced by facts, especially when we think times are grim.
A presentation or panel discussion is time well-spent if you can extract one new idea, and in Boston, a few were surprisingly original, including that it is better to think of the economy as a biological organism.
For many Asian families, getting money into safe haven countries often takes precedence over what to do with the money when it gets there. This year the hot fad was Australian residential property.
Chairman of Westpac, Lyndsay Maxsted, was refreshingly open at a recent Morningstar retail conference, and Kerr Neilson pleaded with investors to control their emotional responses to markets and stay the course.
In theory, improving prospects for economic growth and company earnings should be good for share prices. Nice theory, but not in the real world.
Australia may not be facing a stockmarket or property bubble right now, but there are early signs of concern. It’s worth knowing what to look for and safeguarding against personal loss.
Small cap companies outperform their large cap peers over the long term and are a great way of adding diversification. But there are hundreds of small companies to choose from, and it’s important to find the quality.
Emerging markets, with their explosive growth and vibrant opportunities, can offer great returns if you’re comfortable with the inherent risks. What happens as they mature and where are the new markets today?
In the financial and economic world, we use medians and averages to assess our position and make decisions about the future. But as each individual is different, aggregated statistics aren’t always useful.
Last week’s article on index versus active portfolio management drew many comments, including on the website, by email and by forwarding other articles to us. Here is a sample.
If you think you can identify the few managers who can outperform the index over time, either by research or based on advice, go for it. But the odds are stacked against you.
When the government is struggling to fund its budget deficit, it is naive to ignore a potential untapped and equitable revenue source while more complex taxes, such as those aimed at superannuation, are dreamed up.
By focussing specifically on hedge fund disclosure, ASIC has missed an opportunity to address the bigger picture of investor protection in a world of complex investments.
Superannuation is increasingly attracting the attention of people who expected to be beneficiaries of an estate. Many are dismayed that superannuation is not treated the same as other assets under the will.
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