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The year 2018 reminded us emphatically that some of the more exciting investment products available did a lot worse than some of the conventional ones, to the extent that cash outperformed most other asset classes in Australia. Shares? Real Estate? The list of underperformers is a...

The Australian sharemarket’s long been tied to the fortunes of its bigger US equivalent and the last quarter of 2018 was a fairly characteristic example. You won’t need reminding that in the last quarter of the year our market shed 9 per cent of its value,...

At a high level, we need to feed society and the availability of food is important. However, not all food is created equally, given the growing call to minimise implications for the environment and society at large from food production. It's not only thermal power station...

'Active management'. It’s a term, like many in the finance world, that is jargon for a simple concept. Simply put, active management is where decisions regarding an investment are made by the analysis of investment professionals, sometimes with quantitative tools to assist. Imagine you wish to...

Many yield-focused investors have gravitated toward hybrid securities in recent years, but most people do not take the time to really understand some of the unique features contained deep in the offer documents of these securities. This article aims to cut through the jargon and...

Here are a few top reading tips for your summer from Stephen Bruce, Portfolio Manager, eInvest Income Generator Fund (Managed Fund) (ASX:EIGA). A fascinating book I read recently was “The new Tzar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin” by former NY times Moscow correspondent Steven...

There has been talk in the press over the last few months about whether tariffs will push the US economy towards higher inflation. We will address that question in a later post, but for now we address something more fundamental to bond investors – why...

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A growing investment trend that is big in North America but still emerging in Australia is Life Cycle Investing. Life cycle investing aims to invest aggressively in savers’ early lives to reduce the risk of being left with volatile asset valuations in the lead up...

Investors who are new to the bond market are often a little confused by the relationship between bond yields and bond prices. The yield on a bond has gone from 4% to 3%. Is that a good or bad thing? The answer is it depends. If...