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Risk and Return

Risk and return. Making decisions on probability
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Risk and Return are two aspects of investment that are most often discussed separately, as if it were possible to have one without the other. This is especially true in the post-Global Financial Crisis (“GFC”) world, where the range of potential outcomes can be quite large. The GFC and its aftermath have created big huge…

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Risk on, Risk off but do you want to play the game?

risk on risk off it will lead to repetitive strain injuries if you let it
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“Risk on, risk off” is a phrase used to denote the massive trading shifts taking place at institutional levels in the post-GFC (“global financial crisis”) world. The phrase encapsulates the skittish approach investors have taken to the day-to-day news and data feeds that are highlighted on the evening finance news segment. The question for us…

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Self Managed Super non-compliance penalties

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Self Managed Superannuation Funds (“SMSF’s”) have long lived under a very harsh penalty regime. If a trustee failed to meet their obligations then the Australian Tax Office (ATO) was able or even required to declare the fund “non-complying”. That was a nuclear bomb option as it resulted in the fund assets being taxed at the…

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Should you buy now?

To buy or not to buy- that is the question for investors!
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Is the market ‘high’ or is it ‘low’? Is it ‘time to re-enter the market’ or should you be buying cans of baked beans, a shovel and a gun? This site sticks with the Great Disclaimer – nothing here can be considered personal advice, so the title is more correctly referred to as a ‘rhetorical…

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Is the world more volatile post the global crisis?

What are the major market risks currently?
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Is the world riskier? Here is a question received from a client recently.  My second question is, I remember a time when things ticked along with the ASX rather smoothly, whilst I appreciate the recent volatility is something that we are not used to, I still don’t get the way the market moves at the…

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Is it better to buy or to rent a home?

Is it better to buy or to rent a home?
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For most Australians, there isn’t even a question in this statement. Retate the question as “when to buy a home”, and you’re probably closer to the mark. Maybe even “how to buy a home”. It is borderline heresay to phrase it as “don’t buy a home if…”. If you don’t want to read my background…

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Why the sharemarket makes no sense in the short term

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Some would argue that the sharemarket makes no sense in the long term either but that is an argument easily dismissed through 4 or 5 years of intensive discussion, research, correspondence, argument and analysis. So for the moment, let’s just say that it does make sense in the long term but there is room to…

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Mining taxes and straight-line projections

RBA Index of Commodity Prices
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Much has been made over the last year on the relative merits of a “mining tax”, which has also been called a “super profits” tax. Very learned folk have invested a lot of time and energy into looking at Australia’s economy and trying to work out how to better spread around the benefits of the…

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The Gold price and investment markets

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Gold, like diamonds, holds a fascination much greater than its simple financial value. It is malleable, resistant to tarnishing, highly conductive and a fantastic metal to work with (in a previous life i completed a jewellery making course and came to appreciate just how easy gold is as a medium). In some countries, the open…

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