Investment Strategies

Crowdfunding a blow for ‘investor democracy’

There are many ways to describe crowdfunding, but the one I like best is “investor democracy”. In whatever form a crowdfunding project takes, it presents an opportunity for people who like an idea but have limited capital to participate. On…

How funds can help their retirees in a low-rates world

Recommended: income solutions Big super funds have been grappling with strategies for their growing numbers of retirees for many years now. And it is not easy. In the first of a four-part series, we discuss how to cope in the…

How age affects our investment decisions

Milestone birthdays do play an important role in influencing investment behaviour, most evident in a declining appetite for risk, a new study has confirmed Reseachers from the UWA Business School at the University of Western Australia and the Department of…

Life insurance health check

Investors have learned some important lessons about the life insurance market over the past year, as successive reviews of the industry have revealed poor claims handling, flaws in product design and high costs. The most important takeaway is to review…

The assets that make SMSFs above-average performers

Self-managed superannuation funds produced higher investment returns than APRA-regulated industry and retail funds last year, according to industry consultant Rice Warner. Using publicly available figures supplied by the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Rice Warner calculated…

Perils of the DIY will kit

Investors should keep their enthusiasm for the do-it-yourself approach in check when it comes to making a will, a lawyer specialisng in estate planning has warned. A recent court case illustrates the cost and inconvenience that can result from making…