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How fixed-interest funds fare in the money trap

If you've ever taken a passing interest in share-based managed funds, you'd know there is often a big gap between the best and worst performers - particularly over shorter periods such as one year. Fund managers have different investment objectives, different investment styles, and can operate in different sections of the market. And, frankly, some are just better than others.
12yr ago

If you run with bulls, watch out for bears

Harvey Kalman is a man with a conundrum. As head of funds management with Equity Trustees he is responsible for Australia's best-performing diversified Australian share fund. But it's not something he can boast about. Over the past year the fund has lost 1.85 per cent.
12yr ago

One-stop shop to help consumers

CONSUMERS in dispute with financial service providers have a one-stop shop after the launch of the national Financial Ombudsman Service.
12yr ago

Man with long-held mineral dreams may have tapped well of riches at last

A retiring director's abiding faith in shale oil appears to have finally paid off. LANCELOT reckons most of the screen jockeys riding today's sharemarket roller-coaster were not born in 1969, so the historic moment of Leslie White stepping aside as chairman of East Coast Minerals a week ago was probably lost on them. It was the first move on the road to retirement for the 82-year-old director, who has been a tireless advocate for shale oil in his mini-stable of companies comprising Greenvale .
12yr ago

REIT investors await reporting season with dread

IT HAS been a dark week for real estate investment trusts, and the outlook is grim for months to come. Pushed to heady heights by investors who have enjoyed annual returns of 20 per cent or more for the past five years, REITs have crashed harder and faster than anyone expected.
12yr ago

Racecourses seek development bonanza

MELBOURNE'S big racetracks are turning to residential developments to shore up their financial viability, with major new building projects planned for the home of the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup.
12yr ago

Build your balance

Phased retirement is something we will hear a lot of in the next 15 years as baby boomers hit their 60s. Recent research by Russell Investments, based on Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, shows 41 per cent of full-time workers expect to shift to part-time work before retiring, while 20 per cent don't expect to retire at all.
12yr ago

Lawyer faces 19 charges over cash

MELBOURNE lawyer Michael Brereton, who has battled five years of investigation by the Australian Crime Commission and an even longer Tax Office inquiry, now faces 19 charges brought by the Legal Services Commissioner.
12yr ago

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