CPD: Where profits come from, and the vulnerabilities in Australian corporate earnings

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Key points Equity investors rejoiced in June as the Fed signaled it may cut interest rates – but interest rates do not drive long run equity performance. Profits do. While the Fed gets a lot of credit for the US bull equity run, the reality is that market performance has been supported by a near […]

CPD: Estate planning and insurance

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Improving the financial outlook for the family is the key driver for most Australians, yet many fail to fortify that legacy through sound estate planning and adequate insurance. In this article, Zurich examines the importance of estate planning and within that, the role played by insurance, the funding mechanism for a comprehensive estate plan. The […]

CPD: A conservative government, falling interest rates, and new APRA lending guidelines; what now for residential property?

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The RBA recently cut its official interest rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 1.25%. Along with the recent win by the conservative government (that campaigned on maintaining tax concessions for property investors), there is now a growing expectation that the recent decline in residential prices will end – with some commentators […]

CPD: Back from the brink

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While the US is ‘back from the brink’ and markets have returned to positive territory in 2019, this cycle is well into its late innings. As discussed in this article from GSFM’s investment partner, Epoch Investment Partners, written by CEO and co-CIO Bill Priest, there are three reasons to maintain a cautious investment stance. The […]

CPD: The fourth pillar of retirement funding

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Australia’s retirement income policy has been traditionally framed as having three pillars: superannuation, non-superannuation savings and the Age Pension. However, for many Australian baby boomers these three pillars provide inadequate resources to fund 25+ years of retirement. Household Capital explains why it’s now time to include the fourth, and largest, pillar of retirement funding – […]

CPD: Ethics and self-managed super funds

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Since the official introduction of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) in 1999, they have become a significant part of Australia’s $2.6 trillion[1] superannuation sector. At the end of 2018, with assets worth $728 billion, SMSFs represented 27 percent of the total super sector. Bound by an array of rules and regulations, this article, sponsored by GSFM […]

CPD: 5G – connecting to new investment opportunities

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5G heralds a new era in telecommunications, one that’s focused on speed and software. It’s an area of interest for Munro Partners, one of GSFM’s investment partners and manager of the Munro Global Growth Fund. In this article, the benefits of 5G are examined and the investment thesis explored. Some commentators are heralding the arrival […]

CPD: Importance of financial advice in a relationship breakdown

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When a couple separate with the intention of divorce, the importance of both parties seeking legal advice is well established. However, arguably it is just as vital that both members of the couple obtain financial advice including reviewing and revising their financial position and objectives and establishing a financial strategy to provide for both the […]

CPD: Modern Monetary Theory, and why you’re still hearing a lot more about it

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Last month we published our take on one of the biggest economic discussions today – Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Most of the public debate to date has centred around the role of government: that is, deficits, the causes of inflation, and implications for public policy. As we stated last month, however, MMT is extremely detailed […]

CPD: The conversation – talking risk with clients (Part 2)

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In The conversation – talking risk with clients (Part 1), we looked at the reasons your clients need risk insurance and strategies for having what can often be a difficult conversation. In this second part, we examine how you can use storytelling as an effective strategy to introduce this conversation. This series is proudly sponsored […]