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There are several definitions of Alternative Investments but there’s one thing they are not: conventional mainstream investments such as shares, cash and bonds. They’re specifically designed to be as uncorrelated as possible to the usual “market”, that being shorthand for the sharemarket. If possible, Alternatives should...

Many investors make the mistake of putting all their financial eggs in one basket. If anything goes wrong with that one product or asset they are in serious trouble. That’s why, as their savings increase, they should diversify or widen out the type of their...

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 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...

“How do I invest for passive income?” is a common request among savers. They are mostly people who don’t want to be trading shares all day, or watching the markets, but would much prefer the “slow and steady” approach to investing. That sounds dull but there’s...

One of the great misunderstandings among retail and Self Managed Super investors is the belief that infrastructure stocks and property trusts are always good assets to hold if you are seeking a secure income stream. Sometimes, these stocks are even referred to as “bond proxies”, suggesting...