Tag Archives | portfolio construction

Ashley-Owen

The end of six wonderful years for investing

There are enough negative factors in play to suggest great caution with asset allocation in portfolios, as a wonderful run of results for investors came to an end in 2018. Here are four common factors in market collapses.

imputation changes

How imputation changes will hit retirees

Australian retirees’ access to dividend imputation refunds justifies a bias towards Australian equities in retirement, and the loss of refunds will have significant portfolio and income implications.

Indexing

The truth on three big indexing questions

Indexing has come under increasing criticism as it has grown rapidly. Three issues dominate the arguments but the indexing benefits of low cost and diversification means active and index funds have a symbiotic relationship.

Gameboard-2017

Clear winner and loser in 2017/2018 survey

Any person responsible for constructing an investment portfolio must make decisions about asset allocation, requiring educated guesses about future returns. Are these results the Wisdom of Crowds?

short selling

The long and the short of investing

At a time when technology and society are forcing fundamental change on businesses, there is logic in adding ‘shorting’ to portfolio management. But it’s not simply the opposite of going ‘long’.

bonds

Busting the bond myth

A common observation at the moment is that if interest rates ‘can only go up’, why hold bonds? While prices fall as rates rise, there is a role for various maturities in a diversified portfolio.

Your bond questions answered

Cuffelinks reader, James, has some additional questions covering: bonds for capital gain or income, bonds in a growth strategy, passive vs active investing, unconstrained bond funds and duration risk.

Different risks and benefits in SMSF gearing

The use of leverage within SMSFs has come under heavy scrutiny lately with strong arguments for and against. Some forms of ‘protected’ gearing can help manage risk, demonstrating that not all gearing is the same.

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