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IPO watch: High-yield ETF offers access to corporate bonds

Investors looking for a better yield than those offered on term deposits or government bonds now have the opportunity to invest in high-yield corporate bonds, following the launch a new exchange traded fund. Fund manager VanEck Australia has launched a…

Lower growth outlook for banks

Half-year results reported by ANZ and National Australia Bank last week show that the big banks are struggling to achieve revenue growth in their key Australian retail and banking divisions. Commentaries provided with the results indicate that this situation will…

Regulator warns on early release scams

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has issued a warning to super fund members to check the accreditation of people offering financial services before doing business with them. The warning follows the conviction of a Melbourne man, Grant Ross, who…

How age affects our investment decisions

Milestone birthdays do play an important role in influencing investment behaviour, most evident in a declining appetite for risk, a new study has confirmed Reseachers from the UWA Business School at the University of Western Australia and the Department of…

LRBA amendment may be a negative for SMSF borrowing

Repayments of SMSF borrowings will have an impact on the fund’s transfer balance cap, under draft amendments to the new super rules released by the Government last week. The amendments will also change the way limited recourse borrowing arrangements are…

Life insurance health check

Investors have learned some important lessons about the life insurance market over the past year, as successive reviews of the industry have revealed poor claims handling, flaws in product design and high costs. The most important takeaway is to review…

Banks’ mortgage bonanza under threat

Mortgage re-pricing and robust mortgage volume growth have supported banks’ earnings in recent years but that may be coming to an end. Macquarie Securities estimates that banks’ ability to continue to re-price mortgage is diminishing and, increasingly, banks need to…

Qantas a strong buy

Qantas stock has traded strongly on the Australian Securities Exchange over the past few months, with the airline company’s share price climbing 31 per cent from a low of $3.01 in November last year to its current level around $3.94.…

Rumble in the Jungle

Online retailer Amazon has confirmed that it will set up operations in Australia. The company says it is looking for a warehouse (what the company calls a fulfilment centre), which may be the first of many. It is also looking…

Upward movement in the TD market

The term deposit market showed some signs of upward rate movement in March with several small financial institutions increasing their term deposit rates. According to the latest Mozo Banking Roundup, there were more term deposit rate increases in March than…