Putting off that retirement speech

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.

An historical (not hysterical) look at gold

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.

Look towards your investment horizon

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.

Ownership requires taking action

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?

Not all growth is good

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.

A brighter view of dependency ratios

In 1909, there were 15 workers for every retiree, but by 2025 it will be down to only 3.5 workers. But we’re still defining ‘retiree’ as over 65. Using dynamic retirement age principles gives a brighter perspective on old age dependency.

Wealth managers need a new car not a faster horse

Sit through a dozen fund manager presentations and they all start to sound the same. There’s been little significant innovation in the managed funds industry in the last 15 years. Why is this and what are the consequences?

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.

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