Harry Markowitz, the 1990 Nobel Laureate and Pensions & Investments Magazine’s ‘Man of the Century’, explains his views on risks and returns and how he arrived at his Modern Portfolio Theory and Efficient Frontier.
Two linked factors explain and justify our concern for rank relative to our peers, one largely psychological and sociological, and the other primarily economic. But what are the risks of performance anxiety?
Accountancy practices have been a poor second cousin to financial planning businesses in terms of sale price and merger and acquisition activity. Here’s why that might change soon.
Anyone responsible for product design and pricing in the superannuation industry needs an understanding of the revised Australian Prudential Standards on bank liquidity. Some creative solutions may be needed.
APRA has given a clearer definition of the term ‘financial institution’, and it may be broad enough to catch a wide range of client-authorised activity, including Separately Managed Accounts.
Research now backs up the anecdotal claims that SMSF trustee confidence in the superannuation system is declining. The proposed Council with its independence and long term view will help address this.
The recent superannuation reforms were just tinkering around the edges of Australia’s retirement savings system challenges. We need far more radical policy changes if our nation is to survive its demographic time bomb.
Social impact investing is an emerging new asset class that provides opportunities for investors to generate both a financial and a social return.
The ideal outcome approaching retirement is to have the ability to extend a working career as a conscious choice, or if financially and personally appropriate, make the farewell speech.
If a company is growing, with increasing equity and profits, how does an investor know that management and the board are dudding shareholders?
For much of the last 2,500 years, one ounce of gold has been able to buy items worth the equivalent of around USD500 in today’s dollars adjusted for inflation. But retail buyers are rushing to buy physical gold at current levels.
Every super fund member fears a downturn, but with an expected working life of 45 years and retirement of 30 years, we need to look beyond the short -term. A look at stock market cycles helps with the long-term view.
A fundamental tenet of free market capitalism is that owners choose how their assets are used to their best advantage. Does this apply to shareholders? And do super fund members get to exercise such choice?
As equity holders we love to see companies reporting profit growth. In fact, we become wary if they don’t. Find out how the wrong sort of growth can quickly and permanently destroy wealth.
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