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Internationally diversifying your share portfolio

November 29, 2016 - 12:20 -- Admin

The case for diversifying your equity portfolio internationally is obvious given that Australian equities are such a small component on the overall international equity market and given the strong growth potential in many newly emerging markets.   One way of doing this – that I have in the past thought was a sound idea is to buy “low load” (low transaction cost) exchange traded funds from firms such as Vanguard.   I have increasingly developed reservations about pursuing this path.

Thoughts on Australian company tax reform

August 26, 2016 - 19:53 -- Admin

Introduction. One of the important constraints on tax reform in Australia is widespread ignorance about notions of tax incidence. A mistaken theory of tax incidence – the “flypaper theory” – suggests that taxes impact on those groups that they are directly levied on.  So, payroll taxes and superannuation levies fall on the companies they are levied on.

Doddle

May 2, 2016 - 19:20 -- Admin

A student pointed out to me the Doddle Software for organizing meetings. It is easy to use and effective for seeking “majority rules” solutions to scheduling.  Here.

Or explicitly:

http://doodle.com

 

 

Pessimism overrules logic on our macroeconomic future & this imperils us all

January 18, 2016 - 20:56 -- Admin

I posted this on FaceBook on 27th August, 2015 but current events in world equity markets invite a repost and some further comments. Quote:

“There is hysteria over the alleged “China slowdown”. 7% growth in an economy that has been growing at 8-10% for a decade is substantial growth.

Do the arithmetic.