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Securing your family’s future using the financial muscle of education bonds

Many retirees choose to financially assist in their grandchildren’s education, primary, secondary and tertiary, leaving a powerful legacy that will benefit future generations.

Staff Writer | 7th May 2024 | More
Rising rates and retirement: The biggest investment stories from 2023

At the close of another tumultuous year for markets, our most-read stories show readers were interested in the effects of higher interest rates, as capital protection and income security gained importance amid cost-of-living concerns.

Lisa Uhlman | 20th Dec 2023 | More
  • Compounding, growth, no ‘silly mistakes’: Investing tips with Shane Oliver

    Investors today have no shortage of worries to keep them up at night. According to AMP’s chief economist, it’s an ideal time to revisit some crucial investment principles that can help protect capital and provide peace of mind.

    Lisa Uhlman | 29th Nov 2023 | More
    Weak October markets show mounting pressures weighing on sentiment

    The ASX 200 fell 3.8 per cent over the month, the biggest fall this year, as investors sought to understand the impact of war, economic factors and other concerns on markets at home and abroad, according to Selfwealth.

    Lisa Uhlman | 15th Nov 2023 | More
  • ‘Stronger as a united force’: Top shareholder groups plan merger to enhance member benefits

    The Australian Shareholders’ Association and the Australian Investors Association have agreed to amalgamate in the new year, seeking to grow their membership and influence as a unified leader in advocacy and education.

    Lisa Uhlman | 8th Nov 2023 | More
    ‘Keep it simple, stupid’: Navigating markets once the soft-landing dream dies

    Morningstar head of equity research Peter Warnes recently laid out a bleak take on the chances of a recession, along with simple rules for investors to follow in the coming economic and market confusion. Simplicity and risk control will be key, as will harnessing sustainable tailwinds.

    Lisa Uhlman | 18th Oct 2023 | More
    How valuations drive returns, and why bonds are set to thrive

    Whether an investment is expensive or cheap is a key and often overlooked driver of future returns, explains AMP’s Shane Oliver. At the moment, starting points signal a brighter medium-term outlook for some asset classes than for others.

    Lisa Uhlman | 4th Oct 2023 | More
    No ‘dirty word’: Derivatives offer downside protection in volatility

    Derivatives should not be a “dirty word” for investors looking for better returns, capital protection and diversification at a time when volatility and higher inflation appear here to stay, according to Atlantic House Group’s Andrew Lakeman and Global X’s Evan Metcalf.

    Lisa Uhlman | 27th Sep 2023 | More
    Aussie companies cut dividends as costs rise; Banks buck the trend

    Australian companies’ dividend payouts are down 24 per cent from a year ago, as higher interest rates and cash flow challenges darken the outlook. Payouts from miners decreased significantly, although the dividend picture remains positive for banks.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 20th Sep 2023 | More
  • Whopper sport deals, trophy assets and the ‘dean of valuation’

    NYU finance professor Aswath Damodaran recently looked at the apparent disconnect between blockbuster sport franchise prices and earnings fundamentals, in an examination of how assets reach “trophy” status and what it means for determining their value.

    Lisa Uhlman | 30th Aug 2023 | More
    Nvidia leads AI rush as shares ride profit to fresh record

    Shares of the in-demand chip maker hit an all-time high of US$502 on the back of a strong profit report, and analysts say it could be set for more gains, despite rising US bond yields complicating the outlook for equities and especially tech stocks.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 25th Aug 2023 | More
    Sweet-spot wages growth calms rate hike forecasts, as women make gains

    Recently released wages data increased the likelihood the RBA will pause its rate hiking campaign for the near term, economists say. Meanwhile, an increase in full-time employment, and the wages they earn for it, has helped narrow Australia’s gender wages gap to its lowest-ever level.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 18th Aug 2023 | More
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