Today's Lead Article
| 02 Oct 2014
Deflationary pressures have been felt across the developed world for about two decades. It is an important point to remember for DIY super investors.
Oil and the financial crisis
The GFC was assumed to be about financialisation and errant property markets. But was there another reason?
Five implications of a lower $A
The $A seems to be headed on a downwards path. What does it mean for DIY investors?
The SMSF advocate
Andrea Slattery heads up the SMSF Professionals Association of Australia (SPAA). She has a deep knowledge of the sector.
The in-house assets trap
Trustees of SMSFs need to be careful of the in house assets rules. Contraventions of these rules account for more than a quarter of all breaches.
Diversify My Portfolio
How to embrace, not avoid, risk
One of the desires of investors is to eliminate risk. But risk avoidance can often lead to very poor returns. Better to embrace risk by realising that about a quarter of the time returns will probably disappoint.
It's raining bats and dogs in Canberra.
| 01 Oct 2014 | SMSF
Industry funds are offering superannuants greater choice over their investments in an effort to stem the flood of money into DIY super. It is an intelligent strategy.
| 01 Oct 2014 | Investments
Australian bonds perform poorly, house building accelerates, weak global economy, global trade poor, Australian miners unproductive, home loan curbs.
| 25 Sep 2014 | Investments
In investment it is a case for many of "often wrong, never in doubt". It is valuable to get different views to make mature judgements. Here is one.
| 24 Sep 2014 | Investments
A report says that about a third of Australia's listed companies are close to the edge. It is a sober reminder to SMSF investors who put their savings into the shares.
| 24 Sep 2014 | Columns
The economies of many developed countries are becoming much more stagnant, a sign that they are entering a late, mature phase. It poses some deep challenges for DIY super investors.
| 23 Sep 2014 | Investments
The $A is falling, the stock market is losing this year's gains, and the US markets are in bubble territory. How should it all be interpreted?
| 23 Sep 2014 | Investments
Australian banks are not holding as much equity as they did 10 years ago, and their leverage is high. Everything depends on a healthy housing market. Difficulties may be on the horizon.
| 22 Sep 2014 | Investments
The gold price is down by a third from its peak and by 10 per cent this year. What does it mean?
| 19 Sep 2014 | Investments
A housing bubble or not, foreign interest in commercial property, how to benefit from a falling $A and expectations of volatility in the markets.
| 18 Sep 2014 | Economics
The US Federal Reserve's shift on interest rates is the most important change in the financial markets since the GFC. It will have an effect on investments around the world.