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Big boys chase DIY investors (selfies)

03 March 2014 | Broker reports editor

SMSF GrowthSelf managed super fund investors (selfies) are now have 16% of the stock market. Their holdings are now so large, professional investors are trying to follow what they do in their own investment choices. It is making the market more conservative.

The GFC hasn't ended

28 February 2014 | PSI

CashThe removal of interest rates in most of the developed world is a sign that the global financial crisis is ongoing. It is hitting pensions around the world and is a warning to DIY super investors to be cautious.

Australian companies sitting on a mountain of cash

28 February 2014 | Reynard

CashAustralia's corporates are sitting on $71 billion in cash. Some analysts are saying that it gives them the possibility of pursuing growth options. DIY super fund investors should start worrying if they do. The track record suggests they do not have the management skills. They should return it to shareholders.

Where DIY super is heading

27 February 2014 | PSI

Way ForwardA survey of self managed super trustees reveals a strong streak of independence and a liking for shares and cash. The results are significant for what they say about the role of financial advice.

Reporting season healthy so far

26 February 2014 | Broker reports editor

Reporting HealthyReporting season is about half over and the results are slightly exceeding expectations. It suggests a relatively healthy market that is fully priced. Resources and banks have performed well.

The giants who dominate the super industry

24 February 2014 | PSI

MellerAn interview with AMP head Craig Mellor reveals how much the "big boys" dominate the superannuation industry and the domestic investment options. It is worth examining what these players are thinking when crafting an investment strategy.

Japan's problems loom dangerously

21 February 2014 | PSI

JapanJapan has been in trouble for over two decades. Much of America's monetary policy in the lead up to the GFC was an effort to avoid Japan's mistakes. The only upside was that the country used to run a trade surplus, but that has ended. It may spell danger.

Risk averse DIY funds miss opportunities

19 February 2014 | Staff reporter

RiskA report by SPAA shows that DIY super funds stayed heavily invested in cash in 2013, missing out on opportunities in the stock market. It also shows sharp growth in younger people setting up their own SMSF funds.

Private debt good, public debt bad?

18 February 2014 | PSI

Public Private DebtOne of the lessons of the GFC is that high public debt is more dangerous than high private debt. Countries with excessive government debt suffered much more than those with low debt. Australia's public debt is low, which may explain some of the lack of impact of the economies other excesses.

Why markets can be mad, bad and dangerous to know

18 February 2014 | PSI

Strategy"Humans are economically rational" is one of the best jokes ever produced by the otherwise dull economics profession. Humans are in fact irrational, veering between fear and greed. A behavioural economist explains why.

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