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The year of investing dangerously

The year of investing dangerously

JASON TEH | 2018 was the year of living dangerously as far as the stock market was concerned. The year began with a bang, cheered on by the global growth squad. However, unbridled risk taking eventually led to negative returns later in the year. Most equity indices around the globe delivered negative returns for 2018 […]

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11, January 2019
Australian equities | Australian shares
The next stock to release franking credits

The next stock to release franking credits

TRENT CRAWLEY | There’s no better feeling than receiving a cheque from the tax man. But with Labor likely to win the next federal election, fewer cheques will be posted by the ATO. Will companies sitting on large franking balances rush out and try to beat the impending changes to the imputation system? Companies can […]

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10, December 2018
Australian equities | Australian shares
One of the most dangerous things an investor can do

One of the most dangerous things an investor can do

JASON TEH | The market corrections in February and October should be a warning to investors that the stock market is highly cyclical. It was inevitable that ‘growth’ stocks, which pushed the market to new highs for many months eventually led the collapse. Investors who paid heed to Howard Marks’ famous quote on cycles would […]

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26, November 2018
Australian equities | Australian shares
Coles vs Woolworths: Comparing trolleys

Coles vs Woolworths: Comparing trolleys

DANIEL MUELLER | In a matter of weeks, Wesfarmers’ demerger of Coles will be complete. Coles will be listed as a stand-alone business for the first time in 11 years. You may think that both Coles and Woolworths have similar risks given that they operate in the same industry. However, a deep dive into the […]

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09, November 2018
Australian equities | Australian shares
Witching hour for Cinderella stocks

Witching hour for Cinderella stocks

JASON TEH | We all know the story of Cinderella. Transformed into a glamorous princess, she was the belle at the ball. However, the celebration abruptly stopped at midnight, when her gown turned back into rags and her coach turned into a rotten pumpkin. Growth stocks are sometimes like Cinderella, glamourous companies that can have […]

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01, November 2018
Australian equities | Australian shares
The yield trap of 2018

The yield trap of 2018

LIVEWIRE | DANIEL MUELLER In each of the previous 5 years, there have been several obvious candidates from which to ‘award’ the yield trap of the year. 2018 was harder. One could easily pick on AMP. But a combination of a lofty starting share price and lack of asset sales, due to management overhaul and […]

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26, September 2018
Australian equities | Australian shares
Caltex: Shrink to grow

Caltex: Shrink to grow

SAM DYSON | Investors love companies that can deploy capital at high returns over a long period of time. However, great shareholder returns can also be achieved from companies that shrink their capital base. Take Caltex for example. It operates in an industry perceived to be dying. Vehicles are ever more fuel-efficient, and cheap battery […]

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08, June 2018
Australian equities
The bubble in quality

The bubble in quality

JASON TEH | It is hard to spot a market bubble in the making. As they inflate, market participants often rationalise their investment decisions as to why they are paying higher prices. It’s only after they burst that that bubbles become clear. The most recent bubble bursting has been Bitcoin. Now we would contend that […]

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27, April 2018
Australian equities | Australian shares
Capitalising on R&D

Capitalising on R&D

SAM DYSON | Looking for assets the accountants can’t see Even well-known companies can have ‘hidden assets’. There could be an undervalued property, for example, or a resilient brand or perhaps an innovative culture. Another, thanks to a somewhat misleading accounting convention, is a company’s research and development (R&D) efforts. Consider two of Australia’s most successful […]

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09, November 2017
Australian equities | Australian shares