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Top superfund performers get a shake-up

The top 10 superannuation fund performers of last year have had a shake-up as a result of the pandemic induced stock market crash, highlighting the danger of selecting funds based on short-term performance. Balanced superannuation funds returned -9 per cent…

How the ASX market sectors performed

The Australian equity market avoided a fall of 30 per cent or more in 2019/20, which is where it was headed when things were at their worst in March, but it was still the worst local sharemarket performance in almost…

Back to the drawing board for diversification

AustralianSuper chief investment officer and deputy chief executive, Mark Delaney, says bonds provide a diversification benefit but not as much as in the past because now yields are so low. Speaking at a Bloomberg investment webinar last week, Delaney said:…

Hefty fines for dishonest super release

The Australian Taxation Office has announced it will take no prisoners in situations where applicants are found deliberately exploiting the early release super system. The tax office has already stopped applications and prevented super money from being released and reviews…

Building wealth in a recession

Australians need to rethink their approach to their investment portfolios as they face the grim reality of a slowdown in the growth of the economy. But opportunities lie ahead. Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that Australian…

Special dividend boosts packager’s appeal

Packaging company Orora Group is benefiting from the shift in Australians’ beverage consumption habits to more at-home drinking. Orora does the majority of its business in the beverage industry. Its strong position in beer and wine packaging both here and…

Terms to look out for in ASX announcements

Investors relying on dividends for income have had a rude awakening over the last few months, with many ASX-listed companies cutting or deferring dividends. But there are certain management terms to spot in company reports to analyse the strength of…

Superannuation passes the test

Australians worried about their retirement savings during the pandemic-induced market volatility can now rest easy as it is revealed that superannuation has weathered the economic storm. Last week the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) revealed that just 0.3 per cent…

Manager maintains double-digit returns

Double-digit returns seem to be a thing of the past for many investors. But one global equity growth fund has withstood the test of time and volatility to continually deliver high returns and outperform the index. Growth managers have continued…

Road to recovery

If any part of the economy is experiencing a sharp, ‘V-shaped’ recovery, it is car use. A number of ASX-listed companies stand to benefit from widespread avoidance of public transport. Macquarie Securities has ‘outperform’ ratings on toll road operators Transurban…

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