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

Smart Investor | August 2017

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

 The Power of Investment Discipline – A Case Study

 With the White House and Pyongyang ratcheting up their war-posturing rhetoric, it is inevitable that at some point, financial markets around the world will respond with a meaningful sell-off.

All experienced investors know that financial markets hate uncertainty, and as the uncertainty heightens, something will give. They also know the exact … 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

What Quilting and Investing Have in Common

By David Andrew

David Andrew

Last week we celebrated my Mum’s 80th birthday and quite a celebration it was. As family and friends gathered we were reminded of many of Mum’s strengths and in particular her creative streak. You see, she has always had some form of craft on the go, but in the last fifteen years it has been quilting.

Quite remarkable are her creations, too, small pieces of randomly selected … more

How do you get from A to B?

Smart Investor – March 2017

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

By Song Goh

Song Goh

What is your primary consideration when shopping for a car?

If I could indulge in my fantasy world where money was no object, I would own my dream car, the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Coupe that starts in excess of $400,000 for the base model. From the options menu, I’d pick the Nero … 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.

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Against … more

Smart Investor – October 2016

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

When cheap isn’t bad

I remember as a kid in the 1970’s, Japanese cars being referred to as “Jap. c**p”.  As it turned out the Japanese have had the last laugh on this one, but it’s a generally accepted truth that you get what you pay for. Except that is, in the funds management industry.

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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

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