Rainy Day Investing

Rainy Day Investing

By Jim Parker – Guest Contributor

rainy day copyAustralia, earth’s driest continent, experienced national rainfall in 2017 that was 8 per cent above the historical average. The year was the 30th wettest on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.1 But the story is more complicated than that.

While rainfall on a national basis was much higher than normal, the downfalls were concentrated in the west of the country. In much … more

Avoiding Bad Investment Products

By David Andrew

David Andrew

The message for this blog is simple – Life is too short to invest your hard earned money in awful investment products.

To have a successful financial plan there’s four things  all investors should look at: Purpose, Strategy, Investing and Legacy.  While all four components are important the investment piece underpins the whole plan, and a great plan with terrible investments, sadly won’t deliver.… more

Titanic in the Sky – Lessons from QF 32

By Rakesh Shah

The passengers looked troubled, but the Captain’s voice over the aircraft’s PA system was calm and reassuring. The voice was that of Qantas Captain Richard de Crespigny, and I was watching the documentary QF32 – Titanic in the Sky.

For those who have not seen this documentary – QF32 is the story of how one of Qantas’ brand new A380’s had a very close brush with … more

Top 10 New Year Headlines

By Jim Parker – Guest Contributor

What will 2017 hold? Our natural curiosity about the future makes a ready-made market for speculative media articles about events likely to drive financial markets in the coming year. But the assumption driving much of this seasonal coverage is that the mere turn in the calendar from one year to the next justifies overhauling your investment portfolio, generating significant turnover and unnecessary cost.


Against … more

Trump and the aftermath – what does it mean for investors?

By David Andrew

David Andrew

When I wrote the article “Will your investment plan get Trumped?” earlier this week, I like most people, wasn’t seriously contemplating the likelihood of him actually winning.  In my earlier article, I suggested that selling down in anticipation of a Trump win was the wrong thing to do, and now as the impossible is happening, I remain of that view.… more

My morning dilemma

By James McLeod

James McLeod

I woke up this morning, checked my phone, today is not Saturday – I am going to work!

Shower, breakfast, coffee, quickly scan the industry emails in my inbox. Despite having over a decade of experience working with financial markets I am STILL perplexed by the world of investment management! This time it was because of an email from a well-known newsletter that had the following two … more

Presidential elections and the stock market

Next month, Americans will head to the polls to elect the next president of the United States. While the outcome is unknown, one thing is for certain: there will be a steady stream of opinions from pundits and prognosticators about how the election will impact the stock market. … more

How much is enough?

By David Andrew

David Andrew

If you do a Google search for ‘how much is enough in retirement’ you will get almost 85 million results.  So if you’ve been wondering how much is enough for your retirement, you’re not alone.  The answer will depend on your circumstances and expectations.… more

Pokémon Investing

By Jim Parker – Guest Contributor

Have you noticed the surge recently in people wandering aimlessly and staring at their smartphones? Chances are they’re playing Pokémon GO, the latest craze. It’s an activity eerily close to how some folk see investing. … more

Smart Investor – August 2016

Research, Trends, Topics and Asset Class Returns for Long-term Investors.

Doing what works in financial markets

We recently attended an industry event where there was a panel discussion with some of the leading minds of the active funds management world – some of the top dogs. One manages infrastructure investments, one global shares, another emerging markets shares, and one global bonds.… more

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