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Dividend yields are important at the best of times, although in times of uncertainty they are even more important to investors. The market volatility is hard to weather but can create buying opportunities for astute investors. And when markets get negative, there are ways to...

Can the Aussie economy take it anymore? We’ve had the triple threat of drought, bushfires and now COVID 19. The RBA has just put in place another 25bps cut as we speak and further measures to help keep the lending market oiled and running. Particularly hard...

The Coronavirus has been the key driver of the market over the last two months. Concern about its spread caused a sell-off in global markets in January. In the first half of February, markets rallied back as new infections in China slowed significantly. However, in...

What happened to the financial world during and after SARS and can we expect a similar market response from Coronavirus? Coronavirus is all over the news. Often compared to SARS, this contagious virus is only now having an impact on financial markets, despite it being identified...

    I am a bit of a nerd for books about business strategy and growth, and one that was recommended by a mentor is “Exponential Organizations” by Salim Ismail. The book is a guide for how businesses can re-position themselves for the rise of technology. If...

Considering the volatile economic and political times we are going through, Australia’s sharemarket turned in a very respectable “steady as she goes” performance in the September quarter of 2019. The all important ASX200 index closed the September quarter at 6688 which was up 0.8 of one...

Investors have a bad habit of doing the wrong thing in the wake of sharemarket lurches such as the one we are experiencing, basing their reaction on gut instinct rather than logic. Newspapers will blare “billions wiped off markets” and nervous investors will obey their overriding...

Post-retirement, the key focus for investors is generating a sufficient income stream to support their lifestyle. As people are living longer and spending more years in retirement, the challenge is not only making their savings last and meeting this need today but also in generating...

What a good question! And it’s good news not bad… The EIGA share price (but really it’s a unit price) is made up of two things: the value of the underlying shares held by the fund; plus dividend income that has been received by the fund...

That old line that “a week is a long time in politics” was never more true than in the case of Scott Morrison’s surprise election win on May 18. After weeks of argy-bargy about abolishing franking credits for zero taxpayers, as Labor had proposed, in the...