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Q: We are about to leave Sydney for a month on an overseas trip and have been thinking about renting the house while we are away. We have a four-bedroom family home and, apart from occasional guests, three of the…

The New Criterion

According to NextDC (NXT, $6.39) chief Craig Scroggie, in the next 18 months the world will create more data than that ever produced since mankind emerged from the primordial slime. “This information explosion is forecast to accelerate exponentially as a…

Kavanagh

A surprise entrant in the worst bank of the year stakes is Citi. Most banks would be happy to leave it to the big banks to fight it out, but Citi has made a late bid for infamy by increasing…

High ESG ratings a pointer to strong performance

Macquarie Securities has released its annual ESG Ratings Survey, confirming that ASX-listed companies with high ESG scores are outperformers. Since Macquarie started giving companies ESG ratings in 2011, high-scoring companies have outperformed low-scoring companies, with a relative outperformance of 4.2…

Transfer balance cap change ahead

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is alerting superannuation trustees to plan for a number of changes in regard to the indexation of the general transfer balance cap, which will be particularly important for SMSF trustees. The transfer balance cap is…

IPO watch: MoneyMe to pursue US expansion

Online consumer lender MoneyMe plans to use the funds raised in its initial public offer to increase its marketing spend, invest in product innovation and expand into new markets. The company says it is testing the US market. MoneyMe Ltd…

Westpac shareholders must make a couple of important calls

In the wake of the Westpac money laundering scandal, investors have some decisions to make. They are being given the choice of opting out of a share purchase plan and they may want to vote on the company’s remuneration report…