Investment strategies need healthy dose of realism

An investment strategy and its appropriate ‘strategic asset allocation’ should balance what you are hoping to achieve against the risk of adverse outcomes along the way. It calls for honesty, realism and the right risk tolerance.

Michael Porter’s Social Progress Index

Traditional indicators of economic growth do not tell the whole story of a country’s progress. In the new Social Progress Index, Australia ranks 7th overall of the 50 countries studied, but 3rd for ‘Opportunity’.

Until debt do us part, Act 1

When the media latches onto stories dealing with debt, the tone tends to be alarmist. Such news lifts ratings but it doesn’t always shed light on the issues at hand. How much is ‘too much’ debt, and what debt are we talking about?

Until debt do us part, Act 2

The debt debate continues. Should a government be using or reducing debt to overcome its country’s financial woes? What works, what doesn’t, under what circumstances, and how much should we worry about it?

UNPRI ready to go to the next level

The UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative helps navigate the increasing environment, social and governance issues that face us today. What’s next on the ‘to do’ list?

Government caps tax exemption on pension earnings

Here’s the full Media Release of today’s changes to superannuation, including capping the tax-free earnings from assets supporting a pension at $100,000 a year. The reforms will affect individuals with more than $2 million in super assets, or about 16,000 people in 2014-15. A concessional tax rate of 15 per cent will apply to earnings above $100,000.

Debating the value of super

There is not enough done to balance the debate about the costs and benefits of superannuation, and reduce the hysterical and ill-informed headlines. Here are some of the more common misconceptions.

APRA helps SMSFs but large super funds left hanging

The nation’s savings are in superannuation and the nation’s funding needs are in the banks. Yet the regulators and the new liquidity rules make it even more difficult for the two to get together, with another free kick to SMSFs.

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