Banks are one standard deviation cheap versus the market

Brad Potter
Brad Potter Nikko Asset Management

A long anticipated royal commission, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) tripping over multiple banana skins and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) shrinking to greatness are all areas of interest in banks starting the year. Show More


What Mattered Today; NAB rallies on decent trading update

James Gerrish
James Gerrish Market Matters / Shaw and Partners

Another calmer day for Aussie stocks with the market having bouts of indecision in early trade before buyers settled in and pushed the index up throughout the afternoon – a decent close near the session highs with the Telco stocks doing most of the heavy lifting. On the flipside, we... Show More


Battle of the big-caps: Banks vs resources

Buy Hold Sell
Buy Hold Sell Livewire

With a combined market capitalisation of over $585 billion, the big four banks and resources companies make up a massive 33.6% of the ASX 200. The Australian banks have benefited from an unprecedented run in the Australian economy and housing markets, but growth has stalled recently; is it time for... Show More

CommSec Stock Watch: Reporting Season preview

CommSec Online Stockbroker

CommSec Advisory’s Justin Wynne speaks with Tom Piotrowski about the upcoming February reporting season, including the factors to focus on in the results of the banks & miners. Show More

Bell Potter Analyst Outlook & Top Stock Picks for 2018

Bell Potter
Bell Potter Stockbroker

In this report, our analysts share their sector view and top stock picks for 2018 across sectors including banks and general insurers, diversified financials, LICs, fixed income, agricultural FMCG, technology, discretionary retail, industrials, resources, and healthcare & biotech. Show More

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True or False? 5 big issues for 2018

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In part three of Livewire’s ‘Predictions and Top Picks’ series, our panel of experts tackle five big questions for the year ahead. Will Australian inflation pick up? Will global tech stocks undergo a correction? Find out the answers to these questions and more in the video and edited transcript below. Show More

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What Mattered Today: The index breaks out, others didn't fare so well

James Gerrish
James Gerrish Market Matters / Shaw and Partners

The Aussie market followed positive overnight leads to break into fresh levels not seen in over 9 years. Continuing progress in US tax reform, strong commodities markets and cashed up investors pushed the market in to unfamiliar territory. It wasn’t until the end of the session that any substantial selling... Show More


NAB’s ESG momentum: a positive

Hunter  Page
Hunter Page TruValue Labs

Many quants and hedge fund managers are sceptical of the value of ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) data. It certainly makes reasonable sense that traditional ESG data tends to be the domain of long-term investors. Show More

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Banks & Insurers Outlook for 2018 - TS Lim

Bell Potter
Bell Potter Stockbroker

We expect underlying momentum for the major banks to be steady heading into 2018 and the Royal Commission. This would reflect steady margins (repricing and lower funding cost benefits in the previous period to offset competition), volume growth in line with GDP expectations, easing prudential headwinds (e.g. capital and liquidity),... Show More


Which 4 ASX50 companies issue no bonds?

Elizabeth Moran

A total of 46 of the ASX Top 50 companies issue bonds. This isn’t surprising as they are large international companies trading in foreign markets and require multiple sources of funding (see Table 1). But a couple of things did surprise me: Show More


Australian Banking Sector: Royal Commission announced

Bell Potter
Bell Potter Stockbroker

Process fast-tracked, findings due by 1 February 2019: The government has announced a royal commission into the banking sector. This followed a letter released by the four major banks earlier today highlighting the need for certainty and the imperative to restore confidence in the sector. Show More


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The 'Big Four' versus 'Big Tech'...

Damien Wood
Damien Wood Spectrum Asset Management

Small and medium-sized fintechs could struggle to compete with Australia’s large banks. However, the global tech giants could cause major problems for the banks - if they targeted wide spread general commercial banking. Show More

High-yield bonds and investment-grade bonds: How to balance them

Elizabeth Moran

High yield bonds are tempting but come with greater chances something could go wrong. This wire gives some tips in getting the balance right between high yield and investment grade, and displays a sample portfolio for both strategies. Show More

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See what The CEO's thought of Social Media, Streaming & Fintech this week

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

“YouTube now has over 1.5 billion users. On average, these users spend 60 minutes a day on mobile. But this growth isn't just happening on desktop and mobile. YouTube now gets over 100 million hours of watch time in the living room every day, and that's up 70% in the... Show More

Buy Hold Sell: Financials - old vs new

Buy Hold Sell
Buy Hold Sell Livewire

Financials are at a crossroads. On the one hand, banks and insurance companies are set to benefit from recovering global growth and higher interest rates. However, many financials face increasing competition from fintech disruptors, often backed by the world’s largest technology companies such as Alipay, Apple Pay, and Ant Financial. Show More

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Where to find opportunities in large companies

Clime Asset Management
Clime Asset Management Funds Management & Stock Research

There is so much confusion about the stocks in the ASX’s large-caps index, the ASX 50. Some investors see them as ‘blue-chips’ by virtue of their size and longevity, and thus see them as long-term portfolio holds. Others think the ASX 50 is largely useless: a motley, concentrated index of... Show More

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Is there value in the beaten banking sector?

Matthew Haupt
Matthew Haupt Wilson Asset Management

Australia’s largest banks have endured a controversial year defined by public relations nightmares and opportunistic government interventions. Show More


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Overweight banks in October, the winning trade

Richard Coppleson
Richard Coppleson Bell Potter

Since 2000, the Bank Index has been up 12 out of the last 16 years or 75% of the time. In the 12 years that the Bank Average has closed up, the average rise in those 12 years has been MASSIVE - 5.95%, so this is significant. I believe the... Show More


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15 wires that captured your attention

Alex Cowie
Alex Cowie Livewire Markets

Livewire strives to give readers unparalleled access to expert investment ideas so that they can be more informed and achieve better investment outcomes. Here is a distillation of 15 such wires that really captured your attention this quarter. Show More

The most crowded trades on the ASX

Livewire Exclusive

A crowded trade appears when so many investors are positioned similarly that liquidity becomes a problem. Bitcoin is the obvious choice globally, but we wondered where the most crowded trades were on the ASX. To find out, we put the question to Greencape Capital, NAOS, and Market Matters. Show More