So how much risk are you taking?

Vince Pezzullo
Vince Pezzullo Perpetual Equity Investment Company (ASX:PIC)

Markets have a tendency to move between states of fearing the future where there is no justification for being in markets (usually coincides with market bottoms), to believing that risk is easily measured and controlled whereby the fear of missing out is all encompassing (correlations with a market top is... Show More

Diversifying away from Aussie banks

Livewire Exclusive

Financials dominate the ASX200, comprising 35.4% of the index. This compares to 14.7% of the S&P500. Andrew Fleming, Deputy Head of Australian Equities at Schroders, points out, they are a big part of the index - because they make a lot of money. Here he questions whether this will continue. Show More

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APRA's new capital rules: initial thoughts and implications for the banks

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin Alphinity Investment Management

APRA have finally come out with their capital rules to fulfil the ‘unquestionably strong’ requirement of the Financial Services Inquiry. The focus is on is the Common Equity Tier 1 ratio requirement (CET1), which is the amount of equity the banks need to hold relative to risk weighted assets (loans).... Show More

Top Stock Picks for FY18

Bell Potter
Bell Potter Stockbroker

In this report, our analyst team share their top stock picks for FY18, and also provide their sector outlook. On Financials, TS Lim reports that "There is something for everyone in Show More

Australian share market in subdued mood as investors stay away

Tristan K'Nell
Tristan K'Nell CCZ Statton Equities

The Australian share market in a subdued mood heading into the close the index up only 6 points after a volatile week. A flat lead from Wall Street and more negative sentiment on the big banks doing little to spur sentiment. The market had been sold off in early trade... Show More

Aussie market in risk off mood as energy & financials weigh on market

Tristan K'Nell
Tristan K'Nell CCZ Statton Equities

The Australian share market deep in the red on the back of lower oil and commodity prices overnight, with some heavy selling from the opening bell to see a risk off mood today. The selling continued into the afternoon, hitting a daily low around 2:30pm to be trading down 86... Show More

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Moody's bank downgrade: Cause for concern?

James Gerrish
James Gerrish Market Matters / Shaw and Partners

Yesterday evening Moody’s downgraded Australia’s “big 4” banks, plus 8 smaller ones, from Aa2 to Aa3 on their long-term rating, while leaving their short-term rating unchanged. So Moody’s have finally joined the bank knocking party, the ratings agency who missed the whole GFC, so should we be concerned? Show More

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Crunch time for Australian bank investors

Alex Pollak
Alex Pollak Loftus Peak

Fund managers are closing shop (Altair), calling the top (Kelly) and selling out (Hunter Hall). In the five months since January 1, the Australian market has picked up just 2%, compared with over 8% for a US market still hyped up on the Trump trade. Most of the damage has... Show More

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CEO INSIGHTS – Week Ending 2 June 2017 by NAOS Asset Management

NAOS Asset Management
NAOS Asset Management Listed Investment Companies (LICs) ASX: NCC, ASX: NAC

"Backdoor listings are problem in Australia. There are some examples – Vocus is the only one people keep quoting – where it's worked. But they were a pretty big company by the time they listed, which is different than effectively backdoor listing a start-up because it can't raise money any... Show More

The single biggest issue for Australian assets

Livewire Exclusive

In a recent interview with Dr Philipp Hofflin, Portfolio Manager at Lazard Asset Management painted a scenario in which strong downward pressure on the Australian Dollar would force the RBA’s hand to raise rates, to avoid importing inflation. He said it would be “very difficult for asset prices and households,... Show More

Australia's third great debt cycle in context

Livewire Exclusive

RBA Governor, Dr Philip Lowe, recently warned the market that the level of household debt would make the economy vulnerable to future shocks. Against this backdrop, Livewire asked Dr Philipp Hofflin, Portfolio Manager at Lazard Asset Management for his view. In this Exclusive video Hofflin he frames the current market... Show More

Sunset Strip > Trading Day Wrap From Blue Ocean 2017022519

Mathan Somasundaram
Mathan Somasundaram Blue Ocean Equities

Local market was hit again on the open before making another climb out of the lows of the day as global optimism on US fiscal upside unwinds. Market on stretched valuation was relying on optimism…now it ran into reality of the political risk….we have moved from “Trump Bump” to “Trump... Show More

Australian banks: little to get excited about but the derating is probably done

Clime Asset Management
Clime Asset Management Funds Management & Stock Research

Major bank equities have derated significantly over the last few weeks with a selloff in response to interim earnings results and the Federal Budget’s new major bank liabilities levy. In this report we present the main themes from the bank reporting season and explain what the new budget levy means... Show More

The Fed's lessons on property for Australian banks

David Poppenbeek
David Poppenbeek K2 Asset Management

In our view the major Australian banks offer very little valuation upside. In fact we are becoming increasingly concerned that Australian banks are collectively embracing the view that inflation will stay lower for longer, that mortgage serviceability will be at least maintained over the medium term and that property investments... Show More

Biggest risk to banks is the housing cycle

Romano Sala Tenna
Romano Sala Tenna Katana Asset Management

Perhaps the most important theme to emerge from recent bank reporting was that capital generation was stronger than anticipated as indicated by the CET1 ratios at, or around the ~10% level. This was predominantly due to a reduction in risk weighted assets. Why is this significant? Well in effect it... Show More

Sunset Strip > Trading Day Wrap From Blue Ocean 20170512

Mathan Somasundaram
Mathan Somasundaram Blue Ocean Equities

Local market fell from the start with weak sentiment before making a slight recovery in the back end of the day. US retail data and US CPI data will set the tone for next week…BOE was playing safe while data continues to improve in EU…China is spruiking the “Silk Road”... Show More