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The SMH Guide to Estate Planning

Everyone wants their financial affairs to be in the best possible state when they die so that their loved ones can enjoy the benefits of their legacy without dispute or conflict.

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The secret of China’s success — and what it means for the west

James White, Senior Investment Analyst, Colonial First State 27/10/2014 | “Every dollar the Chinese government invests creates two dollars in extra gross domestic product.”

Prices slashed - everything must go!

Nick Swales, Regional Director, Newcastle Office, Rathbones 27/10/2014 | “If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd.” Sir John Templeton.

The stock market will kick off the new trading week in a positive frame of mind

Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 27/10/2014 | Over the past nine trading sessions, the ASX 200 index has gained nearly 5% and looks likely to open higher this morning. The recovery continues to be supported by another good earnings season for US stocks.

Just because it is in fashion – doesn’t mean it fits.

marketvectors-australia 24/10/2014 | The differences between LICs and ETFs

The "Mythbuster" approach to Indexing : Inefficient Markets

Vanguard - Chris Phillips 23/10/2014 | Probably the most common myth I hear, and I hear it a lot, is, “We’re happy to index large-cap U.S. stocks, but we prefer active in small-cap or international markets.” Makes sense, right? After all, large-cap stocks, those in the S&P 500 Index, for example, are closely followed by analysts, traders, portfolio managers, and sell-side research firms.

How to take advantage of the "new mediocre" global growth

FIIG 23/10/2014 | For a few months now, the RBA has commented in its statements that financial volatility was lower than could be justified. After some extreme movements in global financial markets since last Thursday night, I can assure you that this is no longer the case. It wasn’t clear when, why or how it would end, but we all knew the preternaturally low levels of volatility would end at some stage.


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