If you’re 40 or under you won’t have access to the age pension, and perhaps even your super, until you are 70. Unless you’re prepared to work until then, you’ll need enough money outside super to live on.
Secular stagnation can result from a sustained lack of demand or low growth in productivity, and can create low or negative investment returns. Could this happen in Australia?
Super fund mission statements typically focus on delivering strong returns and providing valuable services to members. As Australia’s super system matures, the mission should also include a goal for retirement standards.
The branding of financial planners is causing confusion among consumers, according to a recent report by Roy Morgan Research. Many clients are unaware when the ownership structure involves one of the major banks.
In part 2 of the great fee debate, it’s the investors’ turn to reassess their expectations regarding management and performance fees, and to understand what it takes to find (and pay for) top managers.
How could a managed fund lose 96.5% of its value and then gain 767%, to become both the worst and best performing fund in Australia? From financial crisis to recovery, the answer is in the timing and the structure.
Securitisation and the increased sophistication of the real estate industry have led to new ways to repackage property assets as investment opportunities – each with vastly different risk, return and liquidity features.
There are many investment options for children beyond a savings account, but the merits of each are different for everyone. Here’s some guidance for parents of both younger and older kids.
Company releases relating to acquisitions, mergers or divestments, by nature, have the objective of painting a positive outlook. A deeper dive into the facts allows us to make more educated investment decisions.
There are more than a few similarities between running and investing. Success in either discipline is about having specific goals and strategies, avoiding the big risks, and not diverting from your plan.
Most investors seek re-assurance, certainty, confidence, comfort and rational explanations from finance professionals, but what they often get is jargon-laden confusion. We have much to learn about effective communication.
Bernstein’s 2014 booklet is a simple recipe for young people starting on an investment journey. It aims to help establish the savings discipline needed to set the millennial generation up for a comfortable retirement.
SMSFs are more heavily exposed to listed Australian equities than are default options in public funds, and particularly to the big S&P/ASX20 stocks. There are good companies in Ex20 segment which can help diversify a portfolio.
In 1993, researchers in the US studied the phenomenon of winning stocks continuing to outperform losing stocks. Using both long and short positions one could theoretically outperform the market on a regular basis.
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