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Beyond the Royal Commission headlines

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Financial services have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks. Following Rowena “Shock and” Orr’s public shellacking of the wealth management industry, AMP Limited has since lost almost its entire board of directors, as well as a big part of the executive team. The banks were... Show More

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Let’s take a look at the banks’ results

Stuart Jackson

In the midst of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in Financial Services, the major banks have released their latest half yearly results. The market headed into the reporting period with a high degree of apprehension given the public backlash emanating from the revelations coming from testimony at the Royal Commission... Show More

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Much more pain ahead for the banks

Daniel Want

The conclusion of our December 2016 Livewire article read... “Such would suggest that the 2015 peak valuations in the Australian banking sector could indeed have marked the top of a multi-decade cycle for Australian banks. The latent risks confronting Australia’s banks appear significant, suggesting a high likelihood that in the... Show More

The hidden benefits of adding bonds

Alwyn Hung

It is often noted during times of equity market volatility that investing in fixed income within a diversified investment portfolio is money well invested. This is because fixed income is usually negatively correlated to more volatile asset classes such as equities. However, this has been known to break down on... Show More

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Business Insights Across the Market

NAOS Asset Management

“The switch from traditional fuels into renewables is just a massive switch, and we're seeing it across so many different businesses that we are working with – not just our own business, but so many different businesses out there, where the energy profile they are looking at is changing as... Show More

Rotting from the head: We need more than a Royal Commission

Clime Asset Management

The Royal Commission into the Australian banking system has triggered shocking headlines of abuse, particularly around financial advice. But there is a danger that while the inquiry identifies issues and delivers a regulatory response, it doesn’t get to the core of the problem. Show More

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3 immediate implications of tighter lending standards

Pete Wargent

In our latest 50-page report for funds and institutional investors, Chemical Change, we’ve conducted a detailed consideration of shifts in mortgage lending standards, and the likely outcomes from these changes. Highlighted below are three immediate implications. Show More

How Apple’s buyback creates a 27% increase in EPS

Alex Pollak

Broker calculators have been running red hot over the past week working through the implications of the large cash balances of some of the world’s largest companies, now that Apple (which is now up 10% in the past month) has told everyone that it is going to undertake what looks... Show More

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Sticky fingers in many pies

Hugh Dive

The business of wealth management has been put under the microscope over the past month with the Royal Commission into the financial services industry. In March, the Commission focused on misdeeds in consumer lending and for the next two weeks in April it will be concerned with transgressions around financial... Show More

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Where ideas come from

Marcus Padley

For individual investors, one of the biggest challenges is uncovering new investment ideas. While fund managers have brokers and investment banks regularly knocking on their doors trying to sell their latest deals, other investors must be more creative. Here are 11 sources of stock ideas for the private investor. Show More

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The difference between bonds and shares in a severe correction

Elizabeth Moran

The endless days of a fantastic summer are disappearing as is the consistent, upward trend of higher share prices, with volatility returning to the market. The sharp but relatively small correction in equities early February was enough to make investors stop and reassess portfolio allocation strategies. There comes a point... Show More

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What the banking Royal Commission means for your bank shares

Guy Carson

I have to be honest, when the royal commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services sector was first announced I was skeptical. I thought that the commission would be akin to a “Dog and Pony show” with banking executives grilled for hours about already known scandals and they in... Show More

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Selling in a bull market

Livewire Exclusive

In the midst of a bull market, there’s no shortage of commentators, brokers, and friends with the latest tip on what to buy. However, nobody ever says much about selling. Baron Rothschild said the secret to his success was “I never buy at the bottom and I always sell too... Show More

What Mattered Today; Banks under the pump

James Gerrish

Financial stocks were the cause of pretty much all of the pain on the ASX today with the banking enquiry focussing on CBA – some extraordinary headlines making their way into the press which was also the case yesterday when NAB was in the hot seat – the BIG 4... Show More

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Highs and Lows from Reporting Season

Hugh Dive

Last week saw the end of reporting season for 180 of the S&P/ASX200 companies and around 2,000 of the companies listed on the ASX. Over the past month, these companies revealed their profit results for the six months ending December 2017 and provided guidance as to how they expect their... Show More

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What Mattered Today; Banks Seasonality working to offset Materials & Energy

James Gerrish

It feels like we’ve been writing about Trump / trade wars & tariffs all week with market movements based on the rhetoric coming out of Washington. By weeks end though, markets had settled and all sectors on the Australian bourse (except energy) actually closed higher with the ASX 200 putting... Show More

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What Mattered Today; Trump loses economic guru – stocks drop 1%

James Gerrish

Yesterday afternoon we wrote…What Trump Slump? Markets regain their mojo – however the red across the tape today clearly shows that said mojo has come and gone pretty quickly. All was looking reasonable for a good day today, futures were slightly higher, a major broker has upgraded CBA and a... Show More

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The ABC of Tax

Clime Asset Management

A few weeks back, “our ABC” poured oil onto the heated debate in Canberra regarding the Commonwealth Government’s proposed tax rate cut legislation. The ABC produced data which represented that a significant proportion of major Australian companies hadn’t been paying tax in recent times, and from this observation its commentators... Show More

We bought the dip - now what?

James Gerrish

The market is full of self-proclaimed experts that ‘saw’ the event before it happened and of course were positioned perfectly for it. The recent market blip was simply another example of a well-trodden path for the talking heads within the investment world. Let’s be frank, we all have a bias... Show More

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Pricing growth: Why simple doesn't work

Alex Pollak

In the twelve months to Monday of this week, the S&P500 index is up 15.02%, while Alibaba is up 80%, Google is up 29.3%, Amazon is up 71% and Apple is up 24%. By contrast, Exxon is down 5.6%, Coke is up 7.6% and General Motors is up 11%. To... Show More

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