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Weak October markets show mounting pressures weighing on sentiment

The ASX 200 fell 3.8 per cent over the month, the biggest fall this year, as investors sought to understand the impact of war, economic factors and other concerns on markets at home and abroad, according to Selfwealth.

Lisa Uhlman | 15th Nov 2023 | More
‘Stronger as a united force’: Top shareholder groups plan merger to enhance member benefits

The Australian Shareholders’ Association and the Australian Investors Association have agreed to amalgamate in the new year, seeking to grow their membership and influence as a unified leader in advocacy and education.

Lisa Uhlman | 8th Nov 2023 | More
  • No ‘dirty word’: Derivatives offer downside protection in volatility

    Derivatives should not be a “dirty word” for investors looking for better returns, capital protection and diversification at a time when volatility and higher inflation appear here to stay, according to Atlantic House Group’s Andrew Lakeman and Global X’s Evan Metcalf.

    Lisa Uhlman | 27th Sep 2023 | More
    Aussie companies cut dividends as costs rise; Banks buck the trend

    Australian companies’ dividend payouts are down 24 per cent from a year ago, as higher interest rates and cash flow challenges darken the outlook. Payouts from miners decreased significantly, although the dividend picture remains positive for banks.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 20th Sep 2023 | More
  • Nvidia leads AI rush as shares ride profit to fresh record

    Shares of the in-demand chip maker hit an all-time high of US$502 on the back of a strong profit report, and analysts say it could be set for more gains, despite rising US bond yields complicating the outlook for equities and especially tech stocks.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 25th Aug 2023 | More
    Boomers go blue chip and Gen X bets on energy transition in EOFY trading

    Analysis of June trading by Selfwealth platform users with portfolios of more than $1 million showed clear patterns in how different generations prefer to invest, with Baby Boomers seeking income and quality while Millennials and Gen X-ers prefer exposure to the clean-energy transition and ETFs.

    Lisa Uhlman | 4th Aug 2023 | More
    Term deposit rates rise, but shares may suit better for long term

    Five per cent on a one-year term deposit will tempt a lot of investors, and with good reason, but equities have proven their worth over the long term. As ever, experts say, personal needs should guide investment selection.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 30th Jun 2023 | More
    ARK Invest’s Cathie Wood on markets and the ‘wonder’ of innovation

    After a punishing innings for her flagship ETF, ARK Invest founder Cathie Wood thinks investors need to stop living in the 70s. This time next year the Fed will be “running in the opposite direction” and deflation will dominate the market, she says.

    Lachlan Maddock | 28th Jun 2023 | More
    High tax-payers set to gain max benefit from investment bonds: Foresters

    For the right investor, investment bonds can provide a seriously beneficial after-tax return according to Foresters Financial chief executive Emma Sakellaris.

    Tahn Sharpe | 28th Jun 2023 | More
  • Defence overtakes offence as portfolio managers seek shelter with recession likely

    As the economy tilts toward recession, portfolio analysts are turning towards sectors and companies that handle cloudy conditions better than most. Healthcare, energy, consumer staples and utilities come into focus, while cyclical sector companies lose favour.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 16th Jun 2023 | More
    US shares outperform, but analysts doubt rally will continue

    True to form, US stocks are outperforming Aussie shares on the back of a resurgence in technology-related company valuations. Economists warn against straying from diversification, however, with Aussie miners still offering investors capital returns on top of an underlying hedge against a US downturn.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 14th Jun 2023 | More
    Property claims in focus as ATO draws up target list for 2022-23 tax returns

    The ATO’s review of income tax returns show nine in 10 rental property owners are getting their return wrong. Property expense claims, as well as SMSF returns and crypto transactions, are all on the radar this year.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 7th Jun 2023 | More
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