Confusion with financial planner brands

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.

Resetting investor expectations

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.

The best and worst managed fund of all

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.

A guide to real estate investing strategies

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.

Deep dives make better investment decisions

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.

Investing and jogging for the long run

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.

Do more ‘rapporting’ and less reporting

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.

Look beyond market leaders to diversify

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.

Stock market winners versus losers

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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