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Why timing the market could lose you 0.5pc a year

Analysis of Australian investor behaviour between 2004 and 2013 โ€“ before and after the GFC โ€“ found those chasing returns were worse off than their โ€œbuy-and-holdโ€ peers.

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  • Duncan Burns

Uncertainty no excuse to do nothing to your investments

Slower growth, higher inflation, higher interest rates and persistent volatility leave a laundry list of opportunities.

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  • Scott Haslem


Avoid information overload to make good investment decisions

The idea that volatility and drawdowns are irrelevant is simply lazy portfolio management, particularly if your mantra is capital preservation.

  • James Wright

Why โ€˜how many shares should I hold?โ€™ is the wrong question

Adequate diversification depends on the correlation of your investments and the level of concentration.

  • Tim Mackay

This Month

Where to holiday for the best value for your dollar

While the United States is becoming more expensive, there could be bargains in Europe, South America and Japan.

  • Duncan Hughes

Equities slow to get the Fedโ€™s message

The sharemarket appears to be struggling to synthesise key signals from data releases and messages from the US central bank.

  • Christopher Joye

Red flags to show your relationship has money troubles

One partner may have much more control over the finances, either deliberately or due to the other personโ€™s lack of interest. Hereโ€™s how to restore the balance.

  • Lucy Dean

What rising prices mean to aged care fees

The age pension is also increasing but that doesnโ€™t help self-funded retirees who face higher costs.

  • Bina Brown

โ€˜Amazingโ€™ gap in property fund returns sparks correction fears

The returns from unlisted funds are blitzing the market. But experts question their valuations.

  • Duncan Hughes

How much of my business sale can I put into super?

The new rules on contributions make a big difference for those whoโ€™ve just turned 75 or are younger.

  • John Wasiliev

Pricing power helps these stocks beat inflation

With prices of goods and services skyrocketing, investors are seeking companies that can quickly pass on higher costs to customers.

  • Stewart Oldfield

Investors reap the spoils of private credit as banks pull back

Private credit can be both a defensive and lucrative addition to a portfolio. But the return of offers with echoes of the GFC era is adding to a long list of risks.

  • Ayesha de Kretser

Four top tips for investing in private credit

Financial advisers say donโ€™t be lured by big returns without understanding the risks and management track record.

  • Ayesha de Kretser

Five lessons to remember when changing super funds

This yearโ€™s super results got you spooked? If youโ€™re thinking of swapping funds, you should proceed with caution.

  • Lucy Dean

How to save on costs but keep the quality in your apartment block

There are many ways you can cut charges and curb levies, and some will even make your building a better place to live.

  • Jimmy Thomson

Expect much lower growth from China

The latest economic data suggests the government has yet to stem the property market slump, and weakness has spilled over into household and business sentiments.

  • Gerwin Bell

Donโ€™t just focus on paying off the mortgage, start to invest

A robust investment plan at the wealth building stage can make things much easier later.

  • Michael Hutton

Serial panicker when markets fall? Hereโ€™s what to do

How to override your โ€œflight to safetyโ€ gut reaction that will inevitably lead to even more financial pain.

  • Ben Smythe

Premium paid for renovated property as buyers snub DIY

Valuers are reporting high demand for fully revamped homes across most markets, with buyers paying a premium to avoid upgrade work altogether.

  • Duncan Hughes

Alternative assets that could save your portfolio

When financial markets are in upheaval and listed assets offer little diversification protection, this is what smart investors should be looking at.

  • James Weir