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Will coronavirus cause a recession?

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting economies across the world with education, hospitality, retail, tourism and entertainment sectors majorly impacted by social distancing measures and travel restrictions. As developed markets prepare for an economic slowdown, we answer the questions – will coronavirus cause a recession? The fallout from COVID-19 has led people to wonder what’s in…

Capital Gains Tax: Implications for Australian tax residents

In Australia, special capital gains tax rules apply when dealing with assets of a deceased estate. The most common types of assets inherited by a beneficiary that could be subject to a capital gain are property, shares and managed funds. You may have just received (or are about to receive) an inheritance. While this article…

Story Stocks in the Making

Why do many newcomers to share market investing seek the advice of history’s great investors and then ignore what they have to say? Two of the most successful investors in recent memory both shared the same belief: Stay away from businesses you can’t explain. Warren Buffet has earned the reputation of the Oracle of Omaha….

Shares vs property

There’s no quick answer to the question of where to invest your hard-earned money. However, there are some basic facts and rules that can help guide your decision. Is property best? We all love property. We all want to buy property. Whether we can afford to buy it is another question, but we all talk…

The Financial Year In Review

PAUL SKAMVOUGERAS Head of Equities, Portfolio Manager This passing financial year marks the seventh consecutive year the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index (+11.4%) has posted a positive return. As the current economic cycle continues to mature, we are starting to observe an increasing number of warning signs in the economy and the equity markets, what we…

A Bullish Buy for Copper Stocks

The advice to “Follow the Money” goes beyond the world of investigative journalism and government probes.  In the investing arena it is known as “whale watching”; where investors follow the moves of big money players – private equity firms, hedge funds, and big-name investors like Warren Buffet, Carl Icahn, and James Packer. On occasion whales…

Keeping a nimble portfolio in volatile markets

George Boubouras, CIO, Contango Asset Management  The recent market volatility is a timely reminder for investors to review their portfolios and expectations of future returns. Key questions investors should ask themselves are: Is my portfolio performing how it is designed? Should I be targeting income or growth? Is the recent market correction a time to…

Reserve Bank keeps powder dry

Reserve Bank Board meeting  The cash rate has left at a record low of 2.25 per cent. The door has been left open to another rate cut. What does it all mean?  Rate cut or no rate cut, interest rates have never been lower. Looking out across the yield curve to 10-year swaps (10-year fixed…

Telstra, Westpac and Google into venture capital

By Marco Navone, University of Technology, Sydney Opening a venture capital branch seems to be the new “thing” in the corporate world. While Telstra and Westpac are the new big national players, Google is clearly ahead of the curve, with two distinct venture capital firms: the newly launched Google Capital and the five-year-old Google Ventures….

The RBNZ prepares to kick-off a lengthy tightening cycle

By Chris Tedder, Research Analyst, Forex.com The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is expected to kick-off a prolonged tightening cycle this week by increasing the official cash rate by 25bps to 2.75% (the announcement is due at 2000GMT tomorrow). This represents a significant turning point in monetary policy in NZ. The RBNZ has kept the…