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ASX shares update; US markets down over 4%

It’s back: US markets down over 4%, dividends the story of the day, a deal with the devil The ASX 200 (ASX:XJO) finished another 0.8% higher, with everything but the IT, materials and utilities sectors adding to the rally. As

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Aussie shares to keep rising

The Australian sharemarket produced double-digit returns for investors in the financial year just ended and most of the expert commentary points to further growth in the year ahead. The S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 8.3 per cent in the 2017/18 financial

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Investors can rely on a growing dividend pot

Dividends paid to Australian equity investors are growing at more than 9 per cent a year, with payouts expected to continue growing for the foreseeable future. According to the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index, global dividend payments increased by 7.7

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BT Australian Share Fund upgraded to ‘gold’

Morningstar has upgraded BT’s Core Australian Share Fund to ‘gold’ and reaffirmed the ‘gold’ rating of BT’s Smaller Companies Fund. Comprehensive company research is the crucial factor in the success of the Core Australian Share Fund, Morningstar says. “The well-considered

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SMSFs consolidate their equity positions

SMSF investors consolidated their Australian equity portfolios during the first half of 2017, trading less often but taking bigger stakes. Online broker CommSec says in a report that lower market volatility appears to have given SMSF investors more confidence to

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Bell Direct tops online broker poll

Bell Direct has come out on top in the latest Investment Trends survey of investor satisfaction with online brokers. It was rated number one for value for money, research, tax reporting, trading ideas and the functionality of its website. While

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Dividends under threat

After a disappointing company reporting season, investment analysts are asking whether the dividends that companies have been paying out in recent years are sustainable. A report from Macquarie Securities suggests that they are not. Overall earnings per share grew by

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A ‘disappointing’ company reporting season

The 2016/17 company reporting season finished up last week, with commentators clearly underwhelmed by the “modest” results. According to CommSec, it was a solid reporting season, with around 90 per cent of ASX 200 companies reporting full-year earnings making a

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Dividends under threat

After a disappointing company reporting season, investment analysts are asking whether the dividends that companies have been paying

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