Go global but forget about chasing yield

Giselle Roux | Australian buyers of international equities should be willing to diversify across geographies, currencies, sectors and types of returns.

Fixed Income

Bond myths to ignore

Jeffrey Johnson | Just because the US central bank is on the verge of raising interest rates does not mean bonds are on the brink of collapse.

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Franking’s new threat

Joanna Mather | Labor is refusing to say whether dividend franking credits would be at risk under a Buffett rule.

Market Intelligence

The upside in China

Vanessa Desloires | The renewed volatility in China’s mainland sharemarkets has investors gritting their teeth, but long-term, bullish fund managers are seeing only an upside as China’s reforms take hold.

Market Intelligence

Slow growth warning

Rose Powell | Local investors are warning that Australia is in for tougher years than many other nations as global markets grapple with a slower growth outlook.

Market Intelligence

‘Buffett tax’ considered

Joanna Mather | The Coalition’s pledge not to raise taxes has been shaken for the second time in a week after Treasurer Joe Hockey agreed to examine Labor’s so-called Buffett rule.

Australian Equity Indices

Points Change % Change Value Volume
S&P/ASX 200 5,669.5 + 45.3 + 0.81% $ 3,593,559,832.0 505,354,284.0
S&P/ASX 200
ALL ORDINARIES 5,653.1 + 43.5 + 0.78% $ 3,700,801,719.0 701,355,282.0
ALL ORDINARIES
S&P/ASX 100 4,736.1 + 37.3 + 0.79% $ 3,266,615,645.0 378,327,680.0
S&P/ASX 100
SMALL ORDS 2,099.8 + 18.2 + 0.87% $ 386,688,665.0 255,426,605.0
S&P/ASX SMALL ORDINARIES
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Market Summary

Price % Chg
GUD G.U.D. $ 9.380 + 10.87%
PDN PALADIN $ 0.225 + 9.76%
KAR KAROON $ 2.350 + 8.29%
SIP SIGMAPHARM $ 0.885 + 5.99%
MRM MMAOFFSHOR $ 0.555 + 5.71%
BPT BEACH $ 0.965 + 4.89%
BRG BREVILLE $ 7.050 + 4.75%
DLS D/SEARCH $ 0.900 + 4.65%
TEN TEN NET $ 0.205 - 4.65%
REG REG HEALTH $ 5.750 + 4.55%

Commodities

Price Change % Chg
BRENT SPOT (USD/BBL) 55.420 0.000 0.00%
LIGHT CRUDE SEP5 (USD/BBL) 48.500 - 0.290 - 0.59%
NAT GAS SEP15 (USD/MMBTU) 2.780 - 0.084 - 2.93%
Bid Ask Bid Chg Bid % Chg
GOLD (USD/OZ) 1088.31 1089.08 - 8.00 - 0.73%
SILVER (USD/OZ) 14.70 14.80 - 0.037 - 0.25%
PLATINUM (USD/OZ) 983.75 993.75 + 1.01 + 0.10%
PALLADIUM (USD/OZ) 617.97 623.52 + 1.97 + 0.32%

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Currencies

AUD USD EUR JPY GBP
AUD AUD 0.7289 0.6666 90.49 0.467
USD 1.371 USD 0.9146 124.11 0.6407
EUR 1.4984 1.0929 EUR 135.68 0.7002
JPY 0.0110 0.0081 0.0074 JPY 0.0052
GBP 2.1389 1.5603 1.4268 193.69 GBP

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Iron ore crunch continues

Rose Powell | Equity investors are expecting weeks of reporting season results characterised by the falling dollar and devastated commodity prices.

Shares

Franking’s new threat

Joanna Mather | Labor is refusing to say whether dividend franking credits would be at risk under a Buffett rule.

Property

Loan clampdown spreads

Clancy Yeates | ING Direct will force property investors around Australia to stump up bigger deposits and AMP Bank has ceased all new lending to landlords.

Property

ANZ lifts investors’ rates

Clancy Yeates | ANZ is raising interest rates on home loans held by property investors 0.27 percentage points, so far the most dramatic step by a bank to comply with a clampdown on lending to landlords.

Fixed Income

Bond myths to ignore

Jeffrey Johnson | Just because the US central bank is on the verge of raising interest rates does not mean bonds are on the brink of collapse.

Specialist Investments

Gold has further to fall

Stephen Cauchi | Gold prices may need to fall another 30 per cent to reach fair value, according to Deutsche Bank.

China ETFs surge ahead

Matthew Smith | Investors of all stripes are now buying into the China story, with ASX-listed exchange-traded funds proving a popular way to bet on the recent market sell-off.

Market Intelligence

The way to approach China

Philip Baker | Despite the savage fall over the past few months, is China’s sharemarket still, overall, just playing catch up to other major sharemarkets?

Market Intelligence

Slow growth warning

Rose Powell | Local investors are warning that Australia is in for tougher years than many other nations as global markets grapple with a slower growth outlook.

Superannuation

SMSF loans likely to stay

Sally Rose | A crackdown on lending practices in the $550 billion self-managed super fund industry, which has allowed funds to gear up on property, is looming.

Superannuation

SMSFs ceding to advisers

Kate Cowling | SMSF investors are increasingly handing over the reins to advisers in the midst of low cash rates and barriers to other defensive asset classes.

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