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What are franking credits and why are they important to investors? Not everybody understands how dividend franking works but a huge number of Australian investors, particularly retirees, are the comfortable beneficiaries of a system brought in by Treasurer Paul Keating in 1987 to eliminate the double...

What is fixed income? Many sharemarket investors are startled when they are told that the global fixed income market is more than twice the size of all those sharemarkets put together. It doesn’t resonate quite so much with retail investors since the big part of the fixed...

What is an equity? It’s just another name for a share in a company, most usually listed on a stock exchange. But its name is useful in explaining more accurately how a share comes into existence. It’s the opposite of debt. When an entrepreneur wants to launch a company...

Just as markets move in cycles, investment styles go in and out of favour. Both in the domestic and global markets, the last 5 years have seen strong outperformance by growth and momentum styles of investing. So we pose the question, is it time to...

The goal for many people is to earn money on the side, while they go about their daily lives. For the most part, this is known as having a passive income and many have the goal of using this cash flow to achieve financial independence...

As the name Active Exchange Traded Funds (Active ETF) indicates, they are traded on a Stock Exchange like ordinary shares even though each Fund might very easily comprise more than 20 different stocks. That’s a significant benefit of Active ETFs for investors who don’t already have...

In a perfect world an investor in Australia would hold a four-box portfolio of investment assets featuring Australian shares, international shares, fixed interest and cash in approximately equal measure. This provides that most important element of investment, diversification. Far too many people don’t pay enough...