Education
Nick Grove

To be a successful equity investor, there are a few very simple tenets to follow if you want to get a head-start – and these include avoiding underperformers and not getting sucked into yield traps, Plato Investment Management managing director, Dr Don Hamson, said in a recent presentation.Hamson also had... Show More

Asset Allocation
Dr Don Hamson

Forecast for shares income, including from the banks, remains solid. For the “glass half empty” thinkers, there is plenty of bad news to focus on in 2019 – the Trump trade war, Brexit, falling house prices, the final report of the Financial Services Royal Commission, political risk and more. Show More

Equities
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The ALP’s proposal to ditch franking credit cash rebates evoked an emotional response from self-funded retirees, sparking substantial analysis and debate on the issue. While there have been few developments to the policy proposal since it was announced in March Livewire spoke to Dr Don Hamson from Plato Investment Management... Show More

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Dr Don Hamson from Plato Investment Management is always on the lookout for the best income opportunities from equities. His research suggests that there has been a 40% increase year on year for the dividends being paid out from the resources sector. "One of the reasons why commodities are doing well... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

When I was first asked to comment about the ALP’s proposed scrapping of franking credit refunds my response was I was “flabbergasted”. “Flabbergasted” that the party whose Treasurer Paul Keating created franking credits would cut those benefits accruing to retired workers, “flabbergasted” that the Leader of ALP Opposition who earns... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

The underperformance of Australian equities in the last year has highlighted the importance of diversifying globally for all Australian investors, not only to seize opportunities but to avoid being overexposed to local risks. However, we believe most Australian SMSF investors have very low allocations to international equities, particularly relative to... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

Retirees are often exposed to substantial income domestically, but in an increasingly global world, where else can they look? This question becomes increasingly pertinent when one looks at the backdrop of an incredibly low yield environment, with bonds at historical lows, even negative levels! In this note, we will discuss... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

Plato Income Maximiser Limited, the first Australian listed investment company aiming to provide monthly fully franked dividends, began trading on the Australian Securities Exchange today. The listing on the ASX follows on from an oversubscribed initial public offering, which raised $325.9 million, representing the third largest LIC IPO raising in... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

Aussie retirees have a love affair with shares, but not all share portfolios are created equal when it comes to providing sustainable income. This article focuses on the four things that pension-phase investors need to consider when investing in equities: tax, income, growth and regulations. Show More

Dr Don Hamson

In the 2015 Federal Budget, changes were announced to the aged pension assets test. These changes have been legislated and come into effect from January 2017. The good news is that more people will be able to access the full pension while some part pensioners will receive slightly higher part... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

In a turnaround almost identical to the UK Brexit vote, the US confounded all the pollsters by electing billionaire Donald Trump as the 45th President of the USA. And just like Brexit, initial share market reaction was very negative as the probability of a Trump win increased during vote counting... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

On 11 August 2016, Telstra announced it would return $1.5B in capital to shareholders, $1.25B in an off-market buy-back and $0.25B in an on-market buy-back. The off-market buy-back is similar in structure to the $1B 2014 Telstra buy-back. We still believe this is pretty much a token buy-back. At $1.25B... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

Macquarie Group (ASX:MQG) looks reasonable value at the moment trading at a 33% discount to the Industrials ex Banks vs. the five year average discount of 25% on a 5.6% dividend yield. It appears to us that its earnings are transitioning from more volatile investment bank-style earnings to annuity-style funds... Show More

Dr Don Hamson

Unfortunately, for today’s retirees, traditional income generating assets such as cash or term deposits are yielding returns that are at all-time lows, and well below the 5% minimum drawdown rate. Luckily for retirees, there is still one asset class that is generating reasonable levels of income. Australian equities Figure 1... Show More

Hi Bob The $5,000 number was an average, assuming one held only around 30% of $1m in Australian shares. As stated investors like yourself with higher allocations to Australian shares would clearly be worse off. $21,000 in your case is a lot to lose and shows how unfair this proposal is. Don

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