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Mark Draper (GEM Capital) is writing a monthly column for the Australian Financial Review.  This article will appear in the print edition of the Financial Review on Wednesday 13th June 2018. At the time of writing, Mark did not own Telstra shares.   If you have any story ideas that…
Why investors should take notice of rising bond rates Are the Bond market ghosts of 1994 coming back to haunt, or is this as high as long term interest rates rise?  That’s unknowable at this stage, but investors should ensure their portfolio’s can weather rising interest rates. Investment strategies that worked…
The ALP has proposed that if it wins Government at the next election it will scrap cash refunds that are currently paid to investors with surplus imputation credits they receive from shares that they own which pay franked dividends. Bill Shorten claims that only the wealthy will pay the tax,…
This is an edited rendition of a presentation delivered by Kerr Neilson at the NAB Asia Development Congress in September 2017 in Shanghai.  It has been reproduced with permission from Platinum Asseet Management from the September 2017 Quarterly Report from Platinum Asset Management. by Kerr Neilson, CEO, 17 October 2017…
Apple is among the largest companies in the world.  The company enjoys strong brand recognition globally and extensive market penetration for its flagship products, most notably the iphone.  While speculation around the success of Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPad, or even the likelihood of an Apple Car often captures headlines,…
One of the most common questions financial advisers are asked is "how much can I spend in retirement without running out of money", and "do I have enough to retire on?". To help those who are contemplating retirement, or already retired and questioning their existing reitrement funding plans, we have…
  Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw share markets fall on the back of worries around emerging markets, trade wars and the potential regulation of US social media stocks. US shares fell 1%, Eurozone shares lost 2.6%, Japanese shares fell 2.4% and Chinese shares…