Today’s Best Videos 

SMSFs consolidate their equity positions

SMSF investors consolidated their Australian equity portfolios during the first half of 2017, trading less often but taking bigger stakes. Online broker CommSec says in a report that lower market volatility appears to have given SMSF investors more confidence to…

Profit season reaction shows investors’ priorities

Investors’ responses to the profit reporting season suggest that the market is still rewarding those companies that can produce results in a weak revenue environment, rather than rewarding those investing for the future, according to fund manager Martin Currie’s analysis…

Bigger balances needed to meet retirement income goals

There has been a sharp increase in the SMSF account balances a couple would need to fund a comfortable retirement, according to SMSF actuarial services provider Accurium. The firm’s latest SMSF Retirement Insights report estimates that the amount needed for…

Q&A 25 September 2017

Q: I got my super fund annual statement in the mail the other day. It told me I would be liable for extra tax on my contributions. Where did that come from? A: Since 2012, anyone earning more than $300,000…

The New Criterion

Schrole Group (SCL) not yet listed Pay attention class! The lesson from this education recruitment play is that there’s still investor appetite for small cap listings that offer more than vague aspirational statements. A proposed backdoor listing – yep, they’re…

Kavanagh

AustralianSuper has made a good call with its decision to change the life cover arrangements for members under 25. Let’s hope other super funds respond to this move with their own initiatives to stop the erosion of account balances of…

Investing ethically doesn’t hurt returns

The image many investors have of ethical investing is the use a negative screen – a list of “sin stocks”, such as tobacco, alcohol, gambling and firearms companies, that are excluded from a fund’s portfolio. While negative screens are still…