Profit squeeze but companies ride out storm

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There are three days left in the profit-reporting season. CommSec has assessed the results of 114 companies from the ASX 200 index that have reported full-year results to June 2012 and 31 ASX 200 companies that have reported half year (HY) results (results for the six months to June). Results are up to and including

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Does the January effect signal a good year for equities?

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Ben Graham, Warren Buffett’s mentor and the father of modern share analysis, explained the ups and downs of the market to his students like this – he told them to imagine they were part-owner of a business with a neurotic partner called Mr Market, who every day would offer to buy their share in the

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Shares & the long term – how long is long?

A few weeks ago after producing a graph showing shares outperform cash and bonds over the long term I was asked a question along the lines “if shares outperform other asset classes over the long term how come over the last decade equity dominated balanced funds (which returned 4.5% pa) have underperformed cash (which returned

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The best performing shares over the past 20 years

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In these current uncertain times, investors are opting to leave more of their funds in cash rather than shares. However the fact remains that shares have out-performed all asset classes over the past 20 years. Since October 1991 total returns on Aussie shares have grown by 433 per cent or 22 per cent per annum.

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Reporting season scrutinised for signs of value and stability

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As reporting season kicks off, investors will be watching for signs of value and earnings sustainability, as well as eying specific stocks and sectors and the broader economy, according to Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets. Recently the Australian bourse has been weighed down by international issues such as a potential China slowdown,

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Aussie dividends ETF catches eye of international investors

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Russell urges investors to consider cash alternatives with new ETF Global investment services firm Russell Investments is encouraging investors to think outside term deposits and cash and look for income alternatives such as high dividend paying shares which can boost returns, provide capital growth and be more tax effective. Russell’s High Dividend Australian Shares ETF

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Artio Global Investors Selects Australia for Global Expansion

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Ian Webber to lead focus on Australian institutional investment market New York-based investment management firm Artio Global Investors (“Artio Global”) announced it is opening an office in Sydney, Australia, bringing its unique investment management approach to the Australian institutional market. Artio Global manages US$ 49.2 billion in assets as of May 31, 2011 across a

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Research reveals investor appetite for future innovation, but on new terms

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Improve existing products before creating new Focus on solutions which deliver targeted outcomes Human judgement a key enabler Third party administrators a partner for innovation An annual, independent study released today by CREATE-Research, commissioned by Citi’s Global Transaction Services and Principal Global Investors, finds that while innovation is deemed to have produced mixed results over the

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Australia sets the standard in ETF regulation

BetaShares Capital Ltd (BetaShares), one of Australia’s leading exchange traded fund (ETF) providers, says Australia is leading the way with best practice standards for regulating ETFs that are designed to ensure Australia avoids issues raised in the recent Bank for International Settlements (BIS) paper on the risk of ETFs. Some of the key issues highlighted

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