CyberSecurity

HACKED! The investment opportunity in the world’s fastest growing threat

Uber, the ride sharing company, was caught out last week after it was discovered they had paid US$100,000 to cybercriminals in October 2016, following the theft of 57 million customer and driver records worldwide. This has caused significant reputational damage to the company and clearly shows no company is safe from the ever increasing threat

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Hybrids: The importance of active management

Due to their attractive franked income returns, usually relatively low capital volatility, and ready availability through the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), hybrid securities have been a popular choice with Australian retail investors over recent years.  That said, while until recently investing in hybrids directly was the primary method available to investors, this note outlines the

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Far from middling performance: How the EX-20 Index has outshone small and large caps

Although the Australian sharemarket has delivered relatively sluggish performance in recent years, one standout area in terms of returns has been EX20 stocks, as broadly captured by the BetaShares Australian EX-20 Portfolio Diversifier ETF. Not only has this exposure outperformed the largest market-cap stocks in Australia, it has also outperformed smaller cap stocks.  This performance

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Abe’s Win: What does it mean for Japanese Equities?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently called an early snap election, resulting in a resounding win for his party (the Liberal Democratic Party). Abe’s party now holds a two thirds majority, thereby establishing an extremely stable government, allowing for continuity and a continued focus on economic policy. Aside from maintaining ultra-loose monetary policy through ‘Abenomics’

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ex20 blog post

Taking some eggs out of the basket: A case study on EX20

Whilst a number of Australian investors derive the majority of income from their share portfolios from the 20 largest companies on the ASX, there can be significant benefits to diversifying away from these shares and looking at the remaining 180 companies that make up the S&P/ASX 200 Index. Indeed, recent reductions in dividends and the

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Worlds worst investment

What’s currently the world’s worst asset class investment?

Investing success is often not just about picking the right asset class or securities – but also avoiding the poor investments.  In the current global economic environment, out of the world’s major asset classes, it’s hard to go past global bonds as having potentially the lowest likely return over the next year or so. Let

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