Shares near all-time high as rates fall

Original article by Melissa Yeo
The Australian – Page: 21 & 29 : 5-Jul-19

The S&P/ASX 200 reached a new 12-year high during intra-day trading on 4 July, and the benchmark index is now just 133 points shy of its record high of October 2007. George Kanaan of UBS says the fall in bond yields has been the key driver for local and international shares in 2019. The federal government’s income tax cuts package has also boosted sentiment among Australian investors; Plato Investment Management’s MD Don Hamson says the tax cuts could have the same stimulatory impact as two reductions in the cash rate.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, PLATO INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, PEPPERSTONE GROUP LIMITED, EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE INDEX, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA

Rate cut may lead to riskier investing

Original article by Sarah Turner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 31 : 13-Jun-19

Anthony Doyle of Fidelity International says Australian savers are likely to seek out higher-yielding and higher-risk investments following the Reserve Bank’s decision to reduce the cash rate to a new low of 1.25 per cent. He notes that there was a similar trend in the UK following the global financial crisis, with Britain’s cash rate reaching a low of just 25 basis points. Doyle also expects the search for yield to bolster Australia’s corporate bond market.

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FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, M&G INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Property risk to credit market

Original article by Samantha Bailey
The Australian – Page: 19 : 9-May-19

Fitch Ratings’ latest quarterly survey of fixed-income investors shows that 70 per cent of respondents consider a housing market downturn to be the biggest risk to Australia’s credit market. This compares with just 29 per cent a year ago. The survey also shows that nearly all respondents anticipate a further decline in house prices, compared with 52 per cent a year ago. Meanwhile, 60 per cent of respondents expect official interest rates to be cut by up to 50 basis points over the next 12 months.

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FITCH RATINGS LIMITED

Dividend credit refunds distort economic system

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 19 & 26 : 24-Jan-19

Professor Kevin Davis from the University of Melbourne has expressed support for Labor’s plan to abolish cash refunds for excess dividend imputation credits. He says that dividend imputation was intended to prevent the double taxation of corporate profits, and providing franking credit refunds for investors who do not pay tax has resulted in a "significant economic distortion". Meanwhile, the University of Sydney’s Andrew Ainsworth says retail investors may be engaging in short-term trading to receive franking credit refunds.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE, GRATTAN INSTITUTE, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Year of shame puts floats on ice

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro, Sarah Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 18 : 10-Dec-18

Hugh Dive of Atlas Funds Management says the financial market is approaching the end of its bull run, resulting in lower-quality IPOs. Sebastian Evans of NAOS says many companies have no good reason for listing on the Australian sharemarket, and he does not anticipate an improvement in the quality of IPOs in the near-term. Meanwhile, Andrew Stevens of UBS says investors are becoming more selective with regard to IPOs. Coronado Global Resources and Viva Energy are among the recent IPOs that have underperformed.

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ATLAS FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, NAOS ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, CORONADO GLOBAL RESOURCES INCORPORATED – ASX CRN, VIVA ENERGY GROUP LIMITED – ASX VEA, REDCAPE HOTEL GROUP – ASX RDC, SMILES INCLUSIVE LIMITED – ASX SIL, EVANS DIXON LIMITED – ASX ED1, BLUE SKY ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS LIMITED – ASX BLA, PROSPA GROUP LIMITED, RAIZ INVEST LIMITED – ASX RZI, TRIMANTIUM GROWTHOPS LIMITED – ASX TGO, RCR TOMLINSON LIMITED – ASX RCR, LATITUDE FINANCIAL PARTNERS, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, TRANSURBAN GROUP LIMITED – ASX TCL

Record looms as dividends ready to soar

Original article by Sarah Turner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 24-Sep-18

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 has gained around two per cent so far in 2018, and analysts are hopeful that the market will be bolstered by some $13bn worth of dividend payments in the last week of September. Richard Coppleson of Bell Potter estimates that listed companies will pay out around $18.9bn in dividends for the month, compared with $16.4bn in September 2017. The resources sector has accounted for four of the top five companies in terms of the size of dividend increases in 2017-18, and Shane Oliver of AMP Capital notes that this is having a flow-on effect across the broader market.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, BELL POTTER SECURITIES LIMITED, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, ALUMINA LIMITED – ASX AWC, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP

Turmoil slashes $20bn from ASX

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 19 & 27 : 22-Aug-18

Political uncertainty is expected to continue to weigh on the Australian sharemarket, which recorded its largest single-day fall in five months on 21 August. The Australian dollar also fell sharply in the wake of the leadership spill, before recovering late in local trading. Analysts note that investors are concerned that the Coalition’s lack of unity could ensure that Labor wins the next election, which could in turn have negative implications for financial markets and the economy.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, WAM CAPITAL LIMITED – ASX WAM, BELL POTTER SECURITIES LIMITED, PENGANA CAPITAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX PCG, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, INFIGEN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX IFN, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA, MIRVAC GROUP – ASX MGR, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN, MYER HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX MYR, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW

Investors expect more solid profits

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 20 : 20-Aug-18

The S&P/ASX 200 has gained one per cent so far in August. Investor sentiment has been boosted by an earnings reporting season that has exceeded expectations, with more than 80 per cent of companies having posted higher profits than at the same time in 2017. Shane Oliver of AMP Capital also notes that the share prices about 60 per cent of companies have risen on the day their financial results were announced. BHP Billiton, Qantas and Woolworths are among about 70 major companies that are slated to release their latest results in the next week.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, COCA-COLA AMATIL LIMITED – ASX CCL, ATLAS FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, QBE INSURANCE GROUP LIMITED – ASX QBE, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, TRIBECA INVESTMENT PARTNERS PTY LTD, DOMAIN HILL PROPERTY GROUP PTY LTD, REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA, REALESTATE.COM.AU, CELESTE FUNDS MANAGEMENT LIMITED, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AMCOR LIMITED – ASX AMC, BORAL LIMITED – ASX BLD, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Risks are real even in blur of reporting season

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 28 : 15-Aug-18

The earnings outlook for Australian companies has been encouraging so far in the August reporting season. There has been an 0.5 per cent increase in the consensus estimate for growth in earnings per share over the next year, based on financial results to date. Local investors have largely shrugged off global issues such as the downturn in the Turkish lira and continued trade tensions between the US and China. However, local shares – and other asset classes – remain vulnerable to external risks.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, DOMINO’S PIZZA ENTERPRISES LIMITED – ASX DMP, COCHLEAR LIMITED – ASX COH, CHALLENGER LIMITED – ASX CGF, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, QBE INSURANCE GROUP LIMITED – ASX QBE, DEXUS – ASX DXS, INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX IAG, SEEK LIMITED – ASX SEK, PERPETUAL LIMITED – ASX PPT, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

Golden age of mining returns may be hard to sustain

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 & 16 : 7-Aug-18

The proceeds of large Australian miners’ asset sales will boost shareholders’ returns in 2018, but Plato Investment Management MD Don Hamson cautions that investors must lower their future expectations. He argues that miners have limited scope to maintain high returns via asset sales, and the "golden age" for shareholders must end. However, Camille Simeon of Aberdeen Standard Investments and Brenton Saunders of Pendal Group contend that large miners such as BHP can keep rewarding investors by constantly refreshing their portfolios.

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PLATO INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS, PENDAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX PDL, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, WHITEHAVEN COAL LIMITED – ASX WHC