In directing the banks to cut dividends, the prudential regulator has attacked a sacred cow.


Bull, bear or dead cat bounce?

Make no mistake, intense uncertainty remains the order of the day for markets.

Australian coins on the grass


Is dividend income safety under threat?

Dividend income is now in jeopardy with talk of key companies trimming, or not paying them at all.


Cash gains edge on government bonds

The attractive term deposit rates now being offered by the big four banks make government bonds appear less appealing.

Elizabeth Moran


Good stocks not always good buys

When sectors are priced for failure, such as airlines and retail property, it’s time to buy.

Mike Aked


Work-from-home hopefuls boom

The boom in home-based telecommunications and teleconferencing comes just in time for these stocks.

Tim Boreham


Between panic and fear of missing out

Fiscal and monetary boosts are massive and necessary … and more will come.

Don Stammer


Crisis hits home for investors

As the government looks to an aid package for tenants, housing owners face unprecedented pressures.


Income protection and mental stress

Insurers and advisers have reported a spike in inquiries about income-protection cover in the event of redundancy.


Rules for home office tax claims

Claiming tax deductions for ‘home office’ set-ups can be like walking through a minefield for the uninitiated.

More wealth

April 2, 2020 April 2, 2020


Money Cafe: Super, bonds and stimulus

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This week’s Money Cafe is about industry super, RBA bond buying and mega stimulus.

April 1, 2020 April 1, 2020


Super funds told to come clean on investments

Golden Eggs. Making Money and Successful Investment.

Regulators have warned super funds to review health of investments in the wake of virus crisis.

April 1, 2020


Sink or swim in discounted rights issues flood

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Wait until you see what companies might have to do to raise money in what could quickly become a race against the clock.

April 1, 2020


Hands off franking credits


One of the key figures in the fight against Labor’s failed plan to kill franking credits says they must stay a no-go zone despite ballooning government debt.

March 31, 2020 March 31, 2020


Property investors want their version of JobKeeper


Moves to soften a looming rental crisis gave details on protecting tenants, but no parallel proposals for property owners.

March 30, 2020 March 30, 2020


Early drawdown not so super: funds

Superannuation written on a white piggy bank.

Retrenched workers cashing in superannuation now will leave many millennials struggling in retirement and prompt fire sales.

March 29, 2020 March 29, 2020

Financial Services

The super secret behind share selldown

Reserve Bank Cuts Interest Rates As Economic Fallout Continues Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Giving super members access to their retirement savings comes as several super funds will feel the brunt of worker job losses.

March 28, 2020 March 28, 2020


Gold set to shine

Precious Metal Storage At Pro Aurum KG As Analysts See Gold Rally Fading

With investors having sold every sort of asset in recent weeks to raise cash, panic has ruled over markets.

March 27, 2020 March 27, 2020


Our brave new super world

Superannuation retirement income from nest egg super fund

It’s not just that your super savings have been hit by the coronavirus, the whole system has been redesigned.

March 27, 2020


Wait until the fog has lifted

UK On Lockdown Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

We are not there yet ... but when you return to this market, make sure to ‘average in’.

March 27, 2020


Perfect time to build portfolio

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Buy quality stocks at a rational price and you will do fine.

March 26, 2020 March 26, 2020


Money Cafe: Investing, consistency and the bounce

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Which stocks might bounce first? Day of reckoning for the fund management industry. Why be consistent when investing?

March 26, 2020


Super fund consolidation beckons

A waiter wearing a respiratory mask as part of precautiobary measures against the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, hands a capuccino at a cafe in downtown Milan on March 10, 2020. - Italy imposed unprecedented national restrictions on its 60 million people on March 10, 2020 to control the deadly coronavirus, as China signalled major progress in its own battle against the global epidemic. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Some industry super funds may find that having all their members working in one industry is an unsustainable risk

March 25, 2020 March 25, 2020


Bargain hunters sniff out cash cows

Fortescue Metals Group Mine Tour

Where are the cash-flow rich, dividend paying companies with balance sheets that can handle this crisis?

March 25, 2020


Super funds lose billions

Heather Ridout & Ian Silk & Martin Fahy

AustralianSuper, IFM Investors, SunSuper and UniSuper have booked billions of dollars in losses across their unlisted assets.

March 24, 2020 March 24, 2020


Fears major funds may ‘freeze’ super withdrawals

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Funds could face difficulties in honouring a sudden and large volume of superannuation withdrawal claims.

March 24, 2020


A not so super idea

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When your industry was created by government policy, the risk is you are subject to the whims of politicians.

March 24, 2020


Super fund slashes asset values

Heather Ridout & Ian Silk & Martin Fahy

AustralianSuper first to cut value of unlisted assets like toll roads and airports, as funds face threat of liquidity squeeze.

March 24, 2020


Hedge funds ramp up exit fees

A currency dealer monitors exchange rates in a trading room at KEB Hana Bank in Seoul on March 9, 2020. - South Korean shares tumbled by more than 4 percent on March 9 as foreign investors went on a massive selling spree in the face of growing coronavirus concerns and a crash in oil prices, with the benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) plunging 4.2 percent. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Hedge funds have quietly raised charges for investors who want to cash out their holdings, in some cases by up to 2000pc.

March 24, 2020


Defining a problem for UniSuper

"The main quadrangle building of the University of Sydney, seen from the front lawns. Established in 1850, the university is the oldest in Australia and Oceania."

The super fund that looks after much of the university sector’s retirement savings faces an unusual predicament.

March 24, 2020


Unexpected win for the elderly

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Retirees will benefit from the economic crisis package as two key retirement income arrangements are loosened.

March 24, 2020


RBA may fund early super payouts

Martin Fahy ASFA Ceo

The RBA could be asked to provide liquidity to help pay out workers seeking early access to super, under a new plan.

March 23, 2020 March 23, 2020


It’s not whether you can access super, but if you should

Businessman carry golden egg above the sea

Superannuation experts warn that accessing your retirement fund to tide you over hard times should be done only as a last resort.

March 23, 2020


Funds warn of liquidity pressure

Best performing Super fund in Australia last year

The sector has broadly welcomed early access to super savings but some warn against compounding liquidity pressures.

March 23, 2020


Super funds ‘liquid’ as assets switched

Prime Minister Scott Morrison Announces Second Stimulus Package In Response Coronavirus Crisis

Australia’s smaller superannuation funds have knocked back concerns of a liquidity crisis.

Business Review Editor

Eric Johnston joined The Australian in July 2014. Previously he was the business editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, overseeing award-winning business coverage and driving investigative reporting. He also has worked at The AFR and as a correspondent with Dow Jones, where his stories appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

Business Review Editor

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