Australia may not be facing a stockmarket or property bubble right now, but there are early signs of concern. It’s worth knowing what to look for and safeguarding against personal loss.
Small cap companies outperform their large cap peers over the long term and are a great way of adding diversification. But there are hundreds of small companies to choose from, and it’s important to find the quality.
Emerging markets, with their explosive growth and vibrant opportunities, can offer great returns if you’re comfortable with the inherent risks. What happens as they mature and where are the new markets today?
In the financial and economic world, we use medians and averages to assess our position and make decisions about the future. But as each individual is different, aggregated statistics aren’t always useful.
Last week’s article on index versus active portfolio management drew many comments, including on the website, by email and by forwarding other articles to us. Here is a sample.
If you think you can identify the few managers who can outperform the index over time, either by research or based on advice, go for it. But the odds are stacked against you.
When the government is struggling to fund its budget deficit, it is naive to ignore a potential untapped and equitable revenue source while more complex taxes, such as those aimed at superannuation, are dreamed up.
By focussing specifically on hedge fund disclosure, ASIC has missed an opportunity to address the bigger picture of investor protection in a world of complex investments.
Superannuation is increasingly attracting the attention of people who expected to be beneficiaries of an estate. Many are dismayed that superannuation is not treated the same as other assets under the will.
The efficient market hypothesis is 90% true, and you will lose money by ignoring it. However, judging by Warren Buffett’s fortunes, a few skilled searchers might find rewards in the remaining 10% worth chasing.
It’s not surprising that research shows high levels of satisfaction for self managed portfolios, as investors are effectively rating themselves. Regardless of the reason, few SMSFs will return to an institutional fund.
Australia has an enormous opportunity to build a world-class decumulation system that gives individuals security and flexibility in retirement, but it’s different from the accumulation phase.
The Reserve Bank has three early warning signals for financial instability in a sector: rapid growth; a target for spruikers; and a potential investor protection issue. SMSFs tick every box.
The reported profit that any insurer can make is largely an accounting construct. Actuaries estimate the profile of claims that policy holders are expected to make in the future.
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