Investing in startups and untried ideas is risky but there are some ways to swing the odds in your favour, without becoming bogged down in running the business. It’s mainly about the people.
Most fund managers had a strong year in FY2018, but past bumper years when MTAA invested heavily in so called ‘low risk’ illiquid assets provide a warning in less fortuitous markets.
After failing to secure a buyer, Toys ‘R’ Us Australia is set to close down all of its toy and baby goods stores. The company has struggled globally against intense online competition.
It is useful to think of your financial life and psychological adjustment in five stages: a family and career phase, pre-retirement, close to retirement, just past retirement, and then lifestyle downsizing.
APRA and the ATO do not measure fund performance in the same way. The discrepancy can cause SMSF performance to appear worse than it actually is, and better collaboration between regulators is required.
Many experts expected the Aussie dollar to fall rapidly when US rates rose above Australian rates, but the fall has been modest. What factors are holding it up and what’s the outlook?
Australian companies have a long and frustrating history of wasting billions of dollars of capital on overseas dreams, and institutional investors should be taking a harder line to protect their capital.
The attributes of great growth companies are not all contained within the numbers that look at the recent past. Investors need to analyse the industry growth trajectory, the barriers to entry, and the corporate culture.
Despite what the textbooks tell us, a world of more dominant players has not led to higher prices. How does this affect investing?
The ATO has issued an update on illegal early release of super, when an SMSF is worth having, reporting obligations and trustee checklists. Make sure you stay on top of the rules.
Preferences revealed by actual investing behaviour are often different to preferences stated in surveys. Financial planners and super funds should use newer analyses that helps understand the discrepancies.
Fairfax and Nine together will not magically produce a great company. The business models of newspapers and free-to-air TV are compromised by giants in digital and media industries, and viewing habits have changed.
Many people, especially SMSF trustees who expect to go on the age pension in future, remain confused about Labor’s proposed franking policy. These 10 emails confirm Labor’s position.
The ALP imputation policy, even with the Pensioner Guarantee, hurts self-funded retirees who are not pensioners. Ten organisations have formed the Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System to oppose the policy.
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