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Portfolio Update November 2019: The perfect microcosm of the macro

Six equity markets made new record all-time highs and closing highs, with another five within 2 per cent of their respective all-time highs. However, like July, there wasn't much rejoicing about the asset appreciation, in fact there was almost none at all.
5mths ago

Paul's Insights: The Santa Claus rally - fact or fiction?

Christmas is full of traditions, and some investors will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Santa Claus rally - the uptick in shares often seen in the final trading days of the year. Is it a coincidence or is the Santa Claus rally real?
5mths ago

Two companies ticking the boxes

Short term performance is not something we tend to focus on here at InvestSMART, so it came as a pleasant surprise to us when we saw the InvestSMART Ethical Share Fund (ASX:INES) was the highest performing actively managed Australian equity ETF* for the month of October returning 1.8%.
6mths ago

An income injection

There has never been a harder time to be holding cash and as we head towards the festive season and the end of 2019, it is not going to get any easier.
6mths ago

Paul's Insights: Selfies favour shares

It's official - Australia's army of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) makes up one of the biggest like-minded group of investors on the Australian sharemarket.
6mths ago

Paul's Insights: Super zombies - could you be affected?

Human beings can be a funny lot. On one hand the Australian Tax Office (ATO) receives around 230 tip-offs each day about businesses operating in the black economy. Yet vast numbers of Australians are being ripped off on their super each year, and many of us do nothing about it.
6mths ago

Portfolio Update October 2019: White Knights saving us from what again?

Historically, October is in the top two worst months of the year - May being the other. However, the 2019 enigma was again on display last month, as the initial collapse was quickly bid up and global markets started to question if the selloff was justified. October ended in the red, but the momentum it built through the middle of the month has already filtered into November.
6mths ago

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