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Patrick Poke

What will the world look like in five years’ time? A difficult question to answer, but one that long-term equity investors must ask themselves every day. In 2014, Amazon remained outside the world’s top 10 companies, Telstra’s share price peaked at over $6.60 per share, and Afterpay was nothing more... Show More

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Gopi Karunakaran

Livewire recently got in touch with us to tell the story of 2018 in one chart, and how it is instructive going into 2019. Our choice, the 3 Month US Treasury Bill Yield. Why is it important? Even if you have no exposure to fixed income, interest rates still matter …... Show More

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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

Hugh Dive

I have had the “fortunate” experience of having observed both the GFC in 2007-08 and the Tech Wreck in 2001 from the vantage points of helping to manage conservative value-style funds. During these periods the portfolios were populated with companies paying dividends from stable recurring earnings such as TransCanada Pipelines... Show More

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A swathe of microcaps put in some truly remarkable gains last year. The share prices of Bubs, Jervois, and MyFiziq increased 12, 16, and 30 times respectively, and there were scores more that tripled or quadrupled. Yet many of these stocks have business models at very early, or even conceptual,... Show More

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Amazon’s official launch is imminent. With the world’s biggest Ecommerce company potentially days away from taking market share, we asked a panel of Livewire contributors who is most likely to go bust, and what the key drivers of valuation have been. Performance is a combination of local factors and the Amazon-effect Shane... Show More

A record amount of property is currently under construction in Australia’s inner cities, and there are rising concerns about supply exceeding demand in some locations. The market is also facing tightening bank lending, and given that a significant proportion of demand has been from offshore, tightened capital outflow from China... Show More