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Market trends May 2019

Market Trends: May 2019

Reading time: 5 minutes Video: Quick highlights Asset Class Performance – global equities power on Global equities were the best performing of our seven major asset classes* in April, while Australian equities also posted good returns.  Supporting stocks was a better than feared US earnings reporting season, persistent low inflation and continued gradual improvement in

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No franking worries

No franking worries! Generating income without relying on franking credits

Reading time: 4 minutes The proposed removal of franking credit rebates that is part of the ALP’s election policy has been an ongoing point of discussion over the last 12 months. Irrespective of debate around the upcoming election or the form any rule changes may ultimately take, a central issue for many investors is how

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RINC

RINC one year on – delivering in a volatile market

Reading time: 7 minutes Volatility returned to investment markets over the past year as growth accelerated and central banks, especially the US Federal Reserve (Fed), started to remove excess liquidity by raising interest rates and reversing quantitative easing.  As a defensive, income focused equity strategy, the BetaShares Legg Mason Real Income Fund (managed fund) (RINC)

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ASIA: Behind the Ticker – You’ve heard of DJ’s, but what about JD.com?

Quick read: 3 minutes JD.com aka Jingdong could be the biggest company you’ve never heard of. The company started as a small bricks and mortar store in Bejing in 1998 and moved online in 2004. It now provides over 314 million active customers in China with direct access to an unrivalled range of authentic high-quality

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Market trends_April 2019

Market Trends: April 2019

Reading time: 5 minutes Property gains on lower rates Australian listed property was the best performing of our seven major asset classes* in March, benefiting from a steep drop in global bond yields as central banks moved back to a more neutral policy stance.  Indeed, Australian bonds were the second best performing asset class as

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Investment trends ETF Report

BetaShares / Investment Trends ETF Report

Reading time: 6 minutes ETF industry continues to prosper as it becomes more mainstream The tenth annual BetaShares/Investment Trends ETF Report provides a unique snapshot of the key statistics and drivers in the Australian Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) industry, from the perspective of self-directed investors, SMSFs and financial planners. The latest report shows the ETF

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Port in the storm? Hybrids performance during market sell-offs

Reading time: 4 minutes Hybrid securities last year again demonstrated their ability to hold up well in the face of equity market volatility. Hybrids: impressive risk-adjusted returns The Investment Manager of our Active Hybrids Fund (ASX: HBRD) recently wrote a post discussing the strong performance of the hybrids market last year.  Indeed, the index of

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