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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 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...

    Term deposits. Banks talk about them all the time. They mention interest rates and maturity rates but we want to look at them more broadly from an investment perspective. Do they make good investments? What is a term deposit? A term deposit, as the name implies, involves...

    EIGA Performance Overview EIGA paid distribution of 1.67 cents per unit in September. This was in line with our distribution estimate. Australian stock market eased in September. EIGA's value investment style was rewarded during the month as the market became more favourable towards value stocks after...

    Justin Tyler speaks with Tom Piotrowski on CommSec Executive Series about rising US interest rates, the impact of the US-China trade war and how an absolute return bond fund can be incorporated into an investor’s portfolio.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em0-W_L0l1o&feature=youtu.be...

    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...