The Education Holy Grail

My nineteen-year-old daughter and I did our recreational boat operator’s course together. A day in a classroom and a day on the water. It was the first time I have been in the classroom in a while but I have to say, as a financial professional and a veteran of much financial education, there was…

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Is the sky falling

Stock Market News: The Sky is Falling

Here is a video you should all watch, it is on a website called LiveWire and you’ll find it in their top trending articles, for a reason. It is a video from a chap called Donald Amstad from Aberdeen Standard Investments. You have probably never heard of Aberdeen Standard Investments, but they are a large…

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Why The Big Funds Underperform

The press are carrying articles today talking about the performance of the biggest Super Funds. Here are the biggest 20 funds by size showing the size, number of Members, average balance and growth in member numbers or otherwise. I know there is this generally accepted view that fund managers always underperform and if you look…

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Listed Investment Companies

Listed Investment Companies, known as LICs, are effectively a managed fund with the main difference being that they are traded on the ASX like a share instead of being unlisted and traded through the fund manager’s administration system. So for one trade, on the ASX, through an LIC, you can buy a portfolio of shares…

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ASX Education: What Is The Average Return?

We had a question on the Marcus Today Stock Discussion Group on Facebook asking: “Silly question but Marcus mentioned the average market return is about 9%, I assume that is capital growth and dividends included?” (By the way there are no silly questions – we welcome all questions in the stock discussion group) When I…

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ASX Education: Capital and Income

In response to a question in the Marcus Today Stock Discussion Group we worked out that over the last forty years the average total compound return from the All Ordinaries index per annum including dividends reinvested but not including franking over the last: 40 years was 11.18%. 30 years was 9.48%. 20 years was 8.66%.…

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