Australia best long-term performer among developed sharemarkets

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The Australian equities market has been the best performing developed sharemarket over the past 111 years. “It has posted a real return of 7.4% a year since 1900,” noted Paul Taylor, Head of Australian Equities at Fidelity and Portfolio Manager of the Fidelity Australian Equities Fund. “If you invested $1 in the Australian market in

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S&P Assigns Three-Star Rating To BT European Share Wholesale Fund

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Standard & Poor’s Fund Services today assigned its three-star rating to the BT European Share W fund, which is managed by MFS International (U.K.) Ltd. Relative performance has been good since MFS started managing the fund and it is meeting its objective over each rolling three-year period to March 31, 2011. Pleasingly, this has also been

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Gold stocks falling short on returns

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Most of the gold stocks in Australia’s gold mining index returned less than the gold price over the last three years according to E.I.M. Capital Managers. Many investors buy gold producing companies to gain a leveraged exposure to movements in gold prices. The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries gold index increased just 38% over the three years to

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Is it time for an equities comeback?

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Paul Taylor, Head of Australian Equities at Fidelity and Portfolio Manager of the Fidelity Australian Equities Fund, provides his outlook for the Australian stock market and why the market is presenting so many opportunities for stock pickers. It could be a good time to buy Australian equities, according to one of the country’s best performing

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Vanguard builds on ETF base with the upcoming launch of three new funds

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Vanguard announced its intention to launch three new Australian Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) which will all track segments of the Australian share market. The new funds will include Australian small and large companies ETFs and a high yield Australian shares ETF complementing Vanguard’s existing range of funds. The ETFs, which Vanguard has applied for quotation

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Confidence returns as traders get active and more adventurous, CMC Markets survey says

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Traders get savvy with social media tools – websites, forums and blogs top the list SGX gets thumbs down while Chi-X more warmly received; almost one in four think the ASX is government owned CMC Herd Index shows traders continue to grapple with timing the market Traders are showing greater signs of confidence and are

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Investor Signposts: Week Beginning February 13 2011

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The big picture The big issue across the globe at present is inflation. At the start of the year sharply rising food prices prompted riots in Algeria, with dissatisfaction quickly spreading to Tunisia and Egypt. The unrest in Egypt also served to unsettle other regimes across the Middle East as evidenced in anti-government riots in

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Weekly market & economic update – 4 February 2010

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Headline developments Nature continued to wreak havoc in Australia, with Cyclone Yasi smashing into North Queensland as a category 5 storm (the highest they get) leaving a trail of devastation. Fortunately due to great preparation and the fact that it missed major population centres there appears to have been only one or two fatalities and

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Weekly market & economic update 28 January 2011

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Headline developments The Australian Government announced that it needs around $5.6bn to help rebuild flood affected areas and that it will source $1.8bn of this from a temporary levy on taxpayers with the remainder coming from spending cuts. It makes sense for the Government to still be aiming to return the budget to surplus by

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