NASDAQ in focus: the age of Amazon

“I really underestimated the brilliance of the execution” – Warren Buffet on Amazon at 2017 Berkshire Hathaway AGM Amazon went public 20 years ago at just $18 a share. In that time the company has transformed from a $400 million dollar online bookstore into a $450 billion dollar e-commerce behemoth. Name a consumer good and

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Investing profitably with a conscience – ethical or mythical?

Current investors have never had more choice when it comes to investment opportunities, but with all this choice there’s always been one common objective – and that is to make a profit. But what if you, as an investor, were able to make that profit by investing in companies or organisations which marry their commercial

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Time is on my side – equities for the long run

We all know the equity market has its ups and downs. Bullish runs are often interrupted by sharp corrections or extended bearish periods, even amid little change in fundamentals. With so much ‘noise’, how should investors be thinking about their equity investments? I studied the historical data to try to get some answers about longer

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Location, location, location! Is your ETF Australian domiciled?

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that provide access to international markets, sectors and specific thematics continue to boom on the ASX – there are now approximately 70 ETFs providing international equity exposures. International ETFs provide Australian investors with a simple and cost effective way to access growth opportunities, including under-represented – or even absent  – sectors

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Is it time to buy global banks?

With expectations rising that the United States Federal Reserve may re-commence its interest rate tightening schedule as early as next month, one potential investment opportunity could be the downtrodden global banking sector. Indeed, it may surprise some investors to know that rising short-term interest rates can in fact help profitability for some global banks, as it

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Japan Is Inexpensive — Where to Look for Performance

In BetaShares’ view, the sweeping upper house election victory this past weekend by Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic party was a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies and bodes well for the economy over the coming year. With this in mind, we think it is an opportune time to re-consider the case for

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