Investing is like water, but what the hell is water?

By Graham Hand. on behalf of Firstlinks July 2021 David Foster Wallace was a brilliant American writer and satirist. In a commencement speech to Kenyon College graduates in 2005, he gave a parable about the difficulties of daily life: There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish…

A tale of the inflation genie, the Fed and the RBA

By Stephen Miller. on behalf of Firstlinks June 2021 Inflation is the topic du jour in global financial markets. The parameters of the debate appear to be focussed on the likelihood of some persistent inflation, and potential financial stability concerns, in the absence of a timely withdrawal of the historically high levels of monetary accommodation…

The end of financial year – time is running out!

If you are thinking about making a last-minute superannuation contribution to give you a bigger deduction and tax saving this financial year, then you’d better snap to it as time is running out.

Reporting Season 2021

February 2021 Chief Investment Officer, Tony Edwards provides an investment market update following the most recent Australian company reporting season.

11 key findings on retirement dreams during the pandemic

By Matt Rady, on behalf of Firstlinks November 2020 COVID-19 is taking a harsh toll on the economic wellbeing of many retirees with research showing it has shaken their confidence in the quality of their retirement and how long their money will last. Notwithstanding the recovery in many share prices over recent months, returns on cash and…

10 investment themes for the next 10 years

By Matt Reynolds, on behalf of Firstlinks August 2020 As Microsoft founder Bill Gates has noted, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10.” Join us on a journey to 2030, as we imagine the change that will take place over…

Five industries profoundly changed by COVID-19

By Angus McLeod, on behalf of Firstlinks July 2020 Four months have passed since the country and the world were rocked by a pandemic not seen in the lifetime of almost everyone. The virus has caused a major shake-up in the way we work, play, shop and live. There will be huge ramifications for many years to…

Chris Cuffe on why private debt is a hidden gem

  By Chris Cuffe, on behalf of Firstlinks June 2020 Among my various investment activities, I am the Portfolio Manager of the $110 million Australian Philanthropic Services Foundation (APS Foundation). This article focuses on how I have navigated the uncertainties and wild gyrations of investment markets during the COVID-19 pandemic and benefited from a relatively-large…

Market Update 2019 and outlook for 2020

December 2019 Chief Investment Officer, Tony Edwards, provides an investment update on 2019 and an outlook for 2020.


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