Investment markets

The rising pressure on investors

As widely expected, the introduction of higher stamp duty rates for foreign investors and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority's tightening of bank lending regulations on... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 17 September 2017, The Canberra Times

Interest-only loans still have appeal

Regulatory changes by APRA and the introduction of the bank levy have added to the pressures on the banking system from an overheated property market and a slowing economy. The major banks... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 4 July 2017, The Canberra Times

Lower fees benefit of index funds

For a combination of reasons including low ongoing fees and easy access to a diversified share portfolio, index-following managed and exchange traded funds have become increasingly popular... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 11 June 2017, The Canberra Times

Bonds lose lustre as rates rise

With Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalling that US official rates could soon rise, now's the time to review the merits of bond and other fixed interest fund investments. With... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 27 November 2016, The Canberra Times

Low level investment returns bite

Funding a comfortable retirement has always been a challenge for many Australians, but falling and volatile investment returns and increasing longevity are now making it even more difficult... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 6 November 2016, The Canberra Times

AAA rating a key asset for Australia

What a difference just a week has made to the 2015-16 financial year superannuation fund returns. The Brexit leave decision came as a complete surprise to world sharemarkets with the... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 3 July 2016, The Canberra Times

Reserve Bank and election guarantee an unsettling time for investors

By highlighting the increased risk for both investors and the banking system of an oversupply of apartments and commercial real estate, the Reserve Bank has added to the normal uncertainty... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 20 April 2016, The Age

It's not the time to buy off the plan

Buying apartments off-the-plan involves construction risks and uncertainty about the quality of the finished product. Unhappy purchasers have limited recourse to protect their interests... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 17 April 2016, The Canberra Times

Rise in US rates little threat

Judging by gyrations in the world's financial markets, ordinary investors are worried the United States Federal Reserve will proceed with its slated intention to increase US cash rates... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 28 September 2015, The Canberra Times

Sorry tale for small share investors

Top marks to CBA for seeking information about whether institutional applicants for the $1.5 billion shortfall in its recent rights issue had short positions which they intended to cover in... Read more

Daryl Dixon, 21 September 2015, The Canberra Times


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