One of my all-time favourite movie scenes is when Woody Allen stands in the queue in Annie Hall (1977) and he ends up having a discussion with the loudmouth academic behind him who professes to know everything there is to know about Marshall McLuhan. Show More
We believe major bank dividends are sustainable. This is despite a challenging operating environment that we feel is being reasonably managed to grow profitably at a steady rate and lower overall earnings volatility. In this report, we look at historical precedents to make our case. Show More
We have decided to take a look at the major banks in Australia. There are a number of reasons why stock market investors are worrying about the Australian banking sector which we outline below, followed by a discussion on each of the major banks. Show More
The listed independent platform providers – HUB24, NetWealth, Praemium and OneVue – have been stellar performers in recent years. It’s not surprising when you consider the favourable environment they’ve been operating in. Show More
If reporting season has kept you busy, you may have missed the regular commentary on notable results from Livewire's contributing managers, so we’ve pulled them all together for you here. For the fundies' view on results from Afterpay, Netwealth, Telstra, JB Hifi, REA Group, and 25 other key stocks, click... Show More
Results for some of the biggest stocks on the ASX have started to drop and a few have delivered above expectations. While the immediate pop on the day is like a sugar hit for investors, evidence shows this outperformance can extend for months to follow. Show More
"Overall we remain very optimistic about the long-term prospects of Australia. We are seeing GDP growth above trend. We have seen a continuing fall in unemployment. Inflation remains low. You look to the long-term prospects and of course there have been some big shifts in the economy over recent years,... Show More
The intraday price response to a result that beats (or misses) expectations is often just the start, and prices can trend for weeks after. So keep your eyes on the Livewire website for first-to-market fund manager commentary on results from 30 stocks of interest through August reporting season. Show More
Normally the semi-annual profit results from the Commonwealth Bank are fairly staid affairs, with the bank delivering consistent profits with few surprises. However, this reporting season the CBA result will face a far greater degree of scrutiny after the annus horribilis of 2018. Show More
In this daily reporting season update, we provide first impressions on key takeouts from companies reporting today, including Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and AMP Ltd (AMP) with links through to more detailed reports. Show More
Over the past twelve months small companies (as measured by the ASX’s Small Ordinaries) have returned 22%, outperforming large caps (ASX Top 100) by almost 10%. This has led to numerous articles in the financial press claiming that small is beautiful and that investors should look beyond large Australian companies... Show More
Our reporting season calendar covers announcement dates of over 200 ASX listed companies for the August period, with our recommendation and also projected NPAT (Vs consensus) for each result. Show More
It seems like just weeks ago that February reporting season was wrapping up, but believe it or not, reporting season is upon us again. The Australian market has performed solidly in the period since, having gained 4.4% since the end of February. But this number hides the dichotomy that has... Show More
While you may not follow movements in the bank bill swap rate (BBSW), right now they are worth paying attention to. You see, rates are on the rise. And that means the funding costs for our major banks are also going up. This could force them to raise mortgage rates... Show More
Here is the ASX 200 results calendar - the results season is still a couple of weeks away. As usual, it is a best endeavours calendar, some companies simply don’t set a reliable date. The big companies generally do. Show More
A sell off amongst the banks after a strong rally last week + weakness in US Futures on more trade war concerns put pressure on our market today, with the ASX 200 seeing its best levels in the first 15 mins of trade hitting a high of 6250, before sustained... Show More
Miners and Banks are the two dominant sectors on the ASX. For the last few years, the miners have done the heavy lifting, and while they are a long way from former highs, there is no denying they've had a good run. Catherine Allfrey of Wavestone Capital says investors are... Show More
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Income investors once turned to high-yield stocks as the income from traditional sources dwindled. But what should holders of those high yield stocks now do as bond yields creep back up again? As yields on the two asset classes converge, equities become relatively less attractive, and analysts have to use... Show More
The statistical release of APRA and the RBA’s credit growth data for April shows a stabilisation in the rate of overall mortgage, personal and business loan book growth at 5 per cent across the overall Australian market. By category, mortgage book growth continued to slow, increasing 6 per cent year... Show More
During the Italian crisis there were some big moves in credit spreads overseas, and I've been asked a few times how current ASX hybrid spreads/returns compare to the major banks' hybrids issued in US dollars. Enclosed is a quick summary. Show More