Today's Lead Article
| 24 Apr 2015
There may be some signs of a growing number of people closing down their SMSFs. But if so, it is only a recent trend.
What does your financial adviser talk about?
Financial advisers do not necessarily put their clients first. It is wise to pay a lot of attention to what they focus on in their discussions.
Are investors their own worst enemy?
The problem with human psychology is that it can get in the way of rational decision making. It is something to remember for those who have a DIY super fund.
David James | 02 Apr 2015 | Investments
Is there really such a thing as a good stock tip? Or is it simply a matter of luck as to whether or not it works?
Staff writer | 31 Mar 2015 | Investments
BHP Billiton is one of the world's resources giants and is a behemoth of the local bourse. Analysts believe it is fully priced, but it may also be attractive for its dividend, which is unusual for a mining company.
David James | 30 Mar 2015 | Economics
Many are predicting another sovereign debt crisis in emerging countries. It may happen, but the markets rarely do what people expect. For SMSF investors it is wise not to over-react, even if there are adverse events.
Staff writer | 27 Mar 2015 | Columns
Super biased towards growth, Future Fund criticises portfolios, defensive strategies not as effective, criticisms of SMSF trustees, pensions under long term pressure, the need to use bonds in portfolios.
Staff reporter | 26 Mar 2015 | SMSF
It is not just Australia that is looking very closely at the financial advice industry and its effect on retirement funds. The United States is also examining the issue closely as well.
Staff reporter | 24 Mar 2015 | SMSF
The financial advice sector is making a come back, but there is a high level of dissatisfaction amongst some clients. Many also consider full service too costly.
David James | 23 Mar 2015 | Investments
Why is the Australian stock market going nowhere when world stock markets are rising? The answer is probably the concentration on dividend yield in the domestic market.
David James | 20 Mar 2015 | Investments
The former head of the Treasury, Dr Ken Henry, has made a curious investment observation. He has questioned investors focusing on yield.</p,
Staff writer | 18 Mar 2015 | Investments
Property trusts are doing well, although there are some concerns in the office market. They may offer diversification options.
David James | 17 Mar 2015 | Portfolio Construction
The push to get better returns from "smart beta" is creating a proliferation of computer driven trading strategies. It is a kind of robot-driven bubble.