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Can you survive a sharp downturn?

Can you survive a sharp downturn?

You sit down with the annual report, spreadsheet ready to see what hidden gold may await.  In the Balance Sheet there’s an important measure of liquidity known as the Current Ratio; total current assets divided by total current liabilities.  This little gem gives you an idea of whether the business could quickly cover their short-term […]

Why a fund manager could save your Life(style)

Why a fund manager could save your Life(style)

It’s no secret we are busier than we’ve ever been as a society.  With more people seeking to escape from debt, change into a less hectic lifestyle or transition into healthier work-life balance, investments have become a hot topic.  Before you dive your hard-earned cash into the next the dinner party tip, let’s have a […]

Nanosonics (NAN) a brief overview

Nanosonics (NAN) a brief overview

NAN: What do they do ? Today I want to take a quick look at Australian Medical Technology Company Nanosonics (NAN), what they manufacture and sell and quickly explain without too much jargon and technicality why their product is needed and then overview briefly some of the potential issues that it may face.   This company […]

Wesfarmers jumps higher on Coles demerger

Wesfarmers jumps higher on Coles demerger

The Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX:WES) share price jumped 5% to $43.41 this morning after the company announced historic plans to divest its Coles grocery business via a demerger. The proposed plan, which would be one of the biggest corporate transactions in recent memory, would see the new ‘Coles Company’ owning:   806 Coles supermarkets (including Coles Express and Coles […]

ASX brightens up as investors parse earnings

ASX brightens up as investors parse earnings

Australian shares pulled off early lows to end with mild gains on Thursday, as investors focused on earnings from some of the country’s biggest companies.  The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 13 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5890 while the broader All Ordinaries rose by the same point and percentage amount to 5995 and the […]

Franchise’s loose everything as RFG fails to deliver

Franchise’s loose everything as RFG fails to deliver

Many Australians who’ve been financially ruined, all because they wanted to fulfil their dream of owning and running a small business. They’ve lost their homes, their dignity – and in some cases their marriages.  They were all unlucky enough to buy a Michel’s Patisserie, Gloria Jean’s, Pizza Capers or Donut King franchise from Retail Food Group. It […]

Afterpay at record high as sales boom

Afterpay at record high as sales boom

Afterpay Touch shares are at a record high after the-buy-now-pay later service revealed its underlying annual sales are on track to reach more than $2 billion and flagged a potential foray into the US.  In the three months to December 31, Afterpay’s underlying quarterly sales hit $551 million, up from $367 million the previous quarter.  […]

Canva’s $US1b valuation a boost for start-up nation

Canva’s $US1b valuation a boost for start-up nation

The high-profile capital raising by online design and publishing platform Canva is a timely reminder of the power of digital marketing to transform a great idea into a global business.  Canva could easily become Australia’s national start-up champion given its long list of achievements in such a short space of time.  The $US1 billion valuation of the company inherent […]

NBN discounts criticised for ‘pricing out’ small telcos

NBN discounts criticised for ‘pricing out’ small telcos

Smaller providers have slammed the National Broadband Network’s pricing discounts as giving the big four an unfair advantage.  The NBN Co dropped prices for its 50 Mbps product to the price of its 25 Mbps speed plan in December, with hopes it would encourage telcos to pass on the savings to customers and encourage Australians to […]

Global correction overdue, warns Citigroup

Global correction overdue, warns Citigroup

The air is becoming treacherously thin for global asset markets at the peak of the cycle and investors should cut their exposure before central banks shut off emergency stimulus, Citigroup’s star economist has warned.  Willem Buiter, the bank’s chief economist and a leading theorist on monetary policy, said: “There are clearly signs of late-cycle froth […]