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As market volatility continues to build, investors can protect the value of their portfolios with derivatives. The good news is that retail investors are able to easily buy and sell derivatives on the ASX, but caution is warranted as they can be complex products. A derivative...

Traditionally, when seeking income, investors have turned to fixed income investments such as term deposits or bonds. However, persistently low interest rates have seen investing in higher yielding stocks become an increasingly popular strategy for investors seeking to generate an income stream. For example, according to...

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...

During reporting season we were faced with many presentations that had flattering adjusted EBITDA and normalized NPAT figures – but these two numbers do not reveal the whole story to investors. To assess a company’s true health we make a beeline for their cashflow statement...

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...

PWR Holdings provides engineered cooling solutions to high-end auto and industrial customers and has become a world leader in these markets. In the 1HFY17 result, they delivered considerable organic growth but this was masked by the strong move of the AUD against the GBP as...

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...

Starting with quality of the earnings, the data was encouraging. Revenue growth continues to be strong reflecting the recovery in the mining cycle. More encouraging was the expansion in EBITDA margins (from 16.5% to 19.2%) and this was despite the disclosure of an additional $5 million invested...

The vast majority of stocks in the Australian microcap equities market are still lacking in formal coverage by brokers and analysts, leaving vast opportunities for value investors to uncover hidden gems in the sector. That is the view of leading equities manager Perennial Value, whose Microcap...

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...