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30 June marked the end of the 2019 financial year and what a good year for generating income from the stockmarket it was for us! While Australian companies have traditionally been generous dividend-payers relative to most overseas markets, this was a step up in the...

With the unexpected – or as one particular person described it “miraculous” – Coalition election victory, the storm clouds of dividend franking reform have cleared.  So now we can sleep well at night knowing we can bank out franking credits, let’s have a look at...

Interest in ESG or “environment, social and corporate governance” issues has increased greatly in recent years. It has been driven by a number of factors, including investors seeking to avoid reputational risk which has been more prominent following news events such as the Hayne royal commission,...

One investment firm has said that in its current form the proposed Labor changes to the franking credit regime do not pass the fairness test for Australian investors. At an investment day, Stephen Bruce from Perennial Value Management Limited said that while an economic argument could...

When it comes to equity markets, it appears active US large cap managers in particular seem to struggle to outperform comparative passive strategies after fees. Are the fixed income folks smarter and better at what they do than their equity counterparts? As a fixed income person...

The February reporting season saw a continuation of the recent themes of modest earnings growth across the market combined with healthy levels of dividends. In addition to the ordinary dividends, many companies also rewarded investors by paying out special dividends. This eagerness to return capital...

Key Points: Data suggests active investment grade fixed income managers generally outperform passive strategies Changes to underlying index composition is a key driver of active management outperformance Indexes composition changes over time which may lead to unwanted risks with passive strategies Passive strategies make even...

eInvest sponsored the SMSF Association Advisor conference 2019 that was held in Melbourne. We spent all day talking to the financial advisors that work with SMSF’s (Self Managed Super Funds) and got a good insight as to what they and their clients were needing. Here’s what...

Overview Global markets rebound strongly in January with the S&P500 +7.9%, FTSE 100 +3.6%, Nikkei 225 +3.8% and Shanghai Composite +3.6%. The Australian market also performed strongly, finishing the month +3.9%, bringing the total return for the last 12 months back to a positive +1.1%. The rally was broad-based, with both...

Overview Global markets sold off in December, with the S&P500 -9.9%, FTSE 100 -3.6%, Nikkei 225 -10.5% and Shanghai Composite -3.6%. The Australian market performed much better, finishing the month nearly flat at -0.2%, bringing the total return for the last 12 months to a...