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If retail investors are serious about earning a yield they can hope to live on, one logical option is to look to the ETF (exchange traded fund) market where a number of ETFs have been specifically set up to maximise the amount of franked dividends...

What is an ETF? That stands for Exchange Traded Fund and is shorthand for a parcel of stocks that is traded in the same way as a single stock. In other words, it’s a simple way to own a small portfolio of shares rather than a...

One of the great misunderstandings among retail and Self Managed Super investors is the belief that infrastructure stocks and property trusts are always good assets to hold if you are seeking a secure income stream. Sometimes, these stocks are even referred to as “bond proxies”, suggesting...

Where do you look to invest in a low interest rate environment? It’s maybe simpler better to start by ruling out the assets that are likely to underperform, and work up from there. The least exciting, as ever these days, is cash or term deposits at...

One of the biggest mistakes amateur investors make is to get more concerned with fees than with net returns. They are mesmerised by the prospect of saving money rather than growing their super pie. It’s true, as superannuation expert Jeremy Cooper memorably pointed out not long after...