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Growth stocks have had a truly spectacular 12 months, with many fortunes being made from investing in stocks like NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ: SMCI), which have soared 154% and 170%, respectively. In the last year alone, the NASDAQ 100 has lifted 26% - meaning, over the past five years, the bourse is now up 153%. Ahh! The…
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Healthcare stocks have been some of Australia's most consistent wealth generators, with stocks like CSL (ASX: CSL) skyrocketing more than 6000% since listing on the ASX 25 years ago. Over the past 20 years, the S&P/ASX Health Care Index has far outperformed the rest of the market, lifting 994% compared to the S&P/ASX 200's 121% over that same perio…
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Consumer stocks are split into two distinct categories - those that are sensitive to economic cycles (discretionaries) and those that aren't (staples). Both, however, have been on a tear over the past 12 months, despite a cost of living crisis that is continuing to take a bite out of Australians' wallets. Take Lovisa, for instance, which has soared…
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Over the past 12 months, the S&P/ASX All Tech Index has soared more than 28%, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ has skyrocketed nearly 33%, with investors betting big on the revolutionary change promised by artificial intelligence. That's not to say there aren't risks - inflation remains stickier than we would have hoped, interest rates are likely to sta…
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Everyone loves a theme these days. Whether you’re an individual investor looking to capitalise on both short and long-term trends, or a product issuer looking to provide access to opportunities, themes are dominating the way we think and the way we invest. And while themes will fall in and out of fashion (lithium, for example), it is important for …
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Boy oh boy, it has been a big first half. Interest rate expectations have whipped around, sticky inflation has confounded central banks, most commodities are surging - paticularly silver and gold - and AI has lit a fire under.... well, everything. Did we miss anything? That's right, the ASX 200, like many global markets, is trading at all time high…
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End of financial year can be a drag. With tax time upon us, we need to give up an evening, possibly a weekend, to get our affairs in order. But EOFY also affords us the opportunity to look over our investment portfolios, pat ourselves on the back for what has gone well, and undertake the cathartic experience of culling the underperformers. It has b…
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Franking credits are important for many investors, particularly those operating in a low or no-tax environment. A company paying a 5% fully franked yield, for example, gets grossed up to around 7% after franking. Juicy. More than half of the companies listed on the S&P/ASX200 either fully pay or partially pay franked dividends, and it is important …
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There are currently 10 stocks with double-digit yields on the ASX, exactly half the amount there was this time last year. While double-digit yields certainly sound enticing, investors should be aware that they could indicate that the market believes a company has limited growth prospects, a falling share price, or a one-off dividend. For those not …
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With interest rates up 4.25% in the space of two years, investors have entered a Goldilocks era for income. But while many retirees live happily off the income generated by some of the market’s dividend stalwarts, there are potential traps out there. To help ensure you’re investing in companies with sustainable dividend yields, Livewire's Ally Selb…
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Do you spend your days searching for the next spicy mining stock headed for the moon, a biotech promising revolutionary health advances, or a tech company changing the status quo? If that sounds like you, you've come to the right place. While Buy Hold Sell typically focuses on companies at the larger end of the market cap spectrum, this week, we're…
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From 1981 to 2022, the MSCI World Quality Index outperformed the MSCI World Index by 2.6% per year - while the growth and value styles generated returns that were pretty much identical to the broader market. So, is the trend your friend? In this episode, Livewire's Ally Selby was joined by IML's Daniel Moore and Tribeca Investment Partners' Jun Bei…
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Time and time again, investment experts tell us punters the same thing - that earnings drive share prices. When earnings per share is positive and continues to grow in each reporting period, it means that your share in a company's profit pie is continuing to grow as well. Higher EPS can often translate to a company's share price trading higher, as …
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If there is one thing investors have heard on repeat over the last 12 months, it's that there's a massive opportunity in small-cap stocks, which were, at the time, massively undervalued compared to their large-cap counterparts. And while experts' predictions seem to have come to fruition, with the Small Ordinaries Index outperforming the ASX 100 si…
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Given interest rates remain at decade-long highs, and hopes of cuts continue to be pushed out into the future, it may be surprising for some that growth companies have continued to go from strength to strength. The S&P/ASX 200 Growth Index, for example, has risen 7.76% over the past 12 months. In comparison, the S&P/ASX 200 Value Index has lifted j…
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Growth stocks are the bread and butter of investors who are happy to stomach typically higher prices for exceptional above-market earnings growth. These companies typically exhibit high earnings and sales growth, a unique product or service, significant market share in their industries, impressive moats, and loyal customers. Take WiseTech Global, f…
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Just as in science, catalysts are the starting point for major change or action in life. It may be a whistleblower whose revelations lead to significant systemic change, or an enzyme that helps speed up a chemical reaction. In investing, however, catalysts trigger a drastic change in a stock's share price trajectory. And while no one can know the f…
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Want to learn how to identify undiscovered stocks before the rest of the market does? Of course, you do - what else are you going to talk about at your next dinner party... Or at the pub over a lukewarm beer... Or around the office coffee machine? In this episode, Livewire's Ally Selby was joined by LSN Capital's Nick Sladen and Elston Asset Manage…
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There's something to be said about discovering a gem of a stock the rest of the market missed. Like uncovering a musician before the world does, or being the first to watch a TV series before everyone else's eyes are glued to the same screen. It's a great feeling - and one that may leave you asking, 'Am I better than everyone else?' In most cases, …
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As the name would suggest, future-facing commodities are those that will carry humanity forward as we take on the momentous task of decarbonising the world. These are the commodities that are essential to the energy transition, including lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, graphite and copper. Much of the demand for these commodities is expected to…
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There are a couple of hot commodities right now, including uranium, cocoa, and gold. The latter exploded higher in February this year after being stuck in a range for the best part of five years. Several reasons have been posited for gold's renaissance, the primary being that investors who expect the Fed to cut rates have been buying the commodity.…
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The law of supply and demand determines commodity prices. Currently, the uranium market is undersupplied, just as more nuclear reactors requiring fuel are being brought online. Some reports suggest the market will remain in structural undersupply for more than a decade. It’s one thing for an underlying commodity to rally. Where the rubber meets the…
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Over the last five, 10, 15 and 20 years, mid-cap stocks have managed to outperform both their large and small-cap counterparts. They've done this with the same volatility as small caps and, over the last decade, they've grown earnings at around 7.5% per annum - more than double that of the small and large-cap indices. So, why is this? According to …
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed it's been an incredibly strong six months for global markets. The ASX 200, for instance, has rebounded 13% over the past six months, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 have soared 23% and 24% respectively over that same period. Elsewhere in the world, the UK's FTSE 100 has lifted 6% in s…
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In 2016, Bain & Company found that the companies most successful at maintaining profit growth over the long term disproportionately were companies where the founder was still running the business, still involved on its board, or where the principles the founder originally put in place persisted. That's because founders possessed these three traits:…
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By now, you’re probably aware of the stats highlighting the growth of ETFs in Australia (if not, they’re available here). Alright, alright already, we get it… they’re very popular. But just because something is popular, doesn’t always mean it is good, or that people know how to use it effectively (think Q-tips, running shoes, and Taylor Swift songs…
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Around 51% of Australians (or 10.2 million people) hold investments outside their homes and superannuation, according to the ASX. Of these investors, around 20% (or 2 million people) use exchange-traded funds (or ETFs) - up from 15% in 2020. Investor interest in low-cost, liquid and diversified ETFs has seen assets under management in the industry …
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There are now more than two million Australians using exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to invest, an increase of 7% compared to 2022 (according to Betashares). As of the end of February, there was $189.4 billion invested across 359 ETFs, and with BlackRock estimating the market could more than double by 2027, it seems there's no stopping the explosive …
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Growth stocks have been off to the races over the last few months, with the S&P/ASX 200 Growth Index rebounding 14% since hitting a low at the end of October 2023. Over that same time period, growth stocks like Megaport (up 52%), NEXTDC (up 44%), REA Group (up 28%), WiseTech Global (up 60%), and Lovisa (up 76%) - among many others - have all skyroc…
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How do you avoid the small-cap potholes and identify the fast-lane stocks on the highway to success? In this episode, Livewire's Ally Selby was joined by Regal Funds Management's Jessica Farr-Jones and Spheria Asset Management's Brittany Isakka for their tips and tricks for investing in emerging ASX-listed stocks. They also share their outlook on s…
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If rates have peaked, which local cash rate futures indicate they have, long-duration growth names, small-cap stocks, and cyclicals are likely to continue to recover from here. That said, there are some risks to that outlook - particularly given it's the market consensus. So in this episode, we'll be putting some of the ASX's up-and-coming small-ca…
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When it comes to income, you need a recipe for success. Sure, term deposits are cooking up around 5% yields right now, but for income-hungry investors, 5% may just not cut it. That's where equity income comes in. The yield on the market itself has been around 4-5% over the last 20 years - and a diversified portfolio of stocks with rising and sustai…
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Over the 12 months to the end of December, housing costs rose 6.1%, alcohol and tobacco prices lifted 6.6%, medical costs bumped up 5.1%, and insurance and financial services prices soared 8.1%. We also spent more on food and non-alcoholic beverages, more on transport, and more on education.* All this is to say that it costs a lot more to be alive …
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Global markets soared to new heights in 2023, with the MSCI World Index (AUD) lifting 23.2%. Lucky for income-hungry investors, this saw dividends grow with it, with payouts up 8.9% in Aussie dollar terms, according to Plato Investment Management. While the majority of investors around the globe enjoyed increased dividend payouts in 2023 (compared …
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Given the underperformance of small and mid-caps since 2021, and the fact that central banks have tipped the end of the rate-hiking cycle, many money managers are spruiking the coming wave of capital that could enter the smaller end of the market in 2024. While small caps tend to outperform post-recession - and we haven't seen one of those - the Sm…
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Last year, we asked two fund managers what they would do if they could start completely from scratch. It seemed to hit a nerve with our readers, with the episode turning out to be the most popular of the year. It's likely because we all, at some point in our investment journeys, have cursed the day we bought a particular stock (or let's face it, st…
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Welcome back to Buy Hold Sell for 2024! And what a start to the year it's been... This week, the S&P/ASX 200 hit a new all-time high, buoyed by investors' expectations for rate cuts over the year ahead. This is all thanks to inflation starting to ease, and recessionary fears finally starting to fall. But in a world of goldilocks thinking en masse, …
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If only there was a way to identify game-changing opportunities before they are announced to the market. Sometimes, major strategic moves and company catalysts are telegraphed to the market. The Tabcorp demerger last year, for example, was the subject of multiple investor activism campaigns, over multiple years, before finally coming to fruition. B…
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As part of Livewire's Outlook Series for 2024, James Marlay and Ally Selby challenged 12 of Australia’s most successful investors to each name one company that brings that “sleep at night” assurance so many of us are seeking right now. In many cases, their responses yielded well-known stalwarts of the investment world, including names in listed pro…
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No great investor ever got to where they are now by going with consensus. If you believed the analyst consensus of 2022, 2023 was going to be another challenging year for asset allocation as economies and markets were forced to come to terms with inflation and interest rates remaining higher for longer. Many analysts continued to have a deep US-led…
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There have been many opportunities to buy some of the market's favourite stocks at cheaper prices in recent years. Many fortunes were made buying these discounted darlings at the bottom of the COVID-19 crash, and then again during the latter months of 2022 and throughout 2023 as markets looked out to the end of the Reserve Bank of Australia's inter…
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Sometimes it’s the things ticking over in the background that can cause the greatest chaos in markets. Take an unidentified virus circulating in a lesser-known city in China back in late 2019. Or the rise in populism that resulted in Brexit back in 2017. Just a few years earlier, the debt problems in Greece threatened the ongoing existence of the E…
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They say you should never run from a bear. And, strangely, nothing typifies this like investors' response to the macroeconomic hazards, rising geopolitical tensions, and the myriad of other risks that continue to face the market. Worried that your portfolio will continue to falter as the Magnificent Seven soar even higher? Fear not, my friend. The …
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How are Australia's brightest investment minds investing as we kick off the new year? Livewire has assembled an exclusive roll card of 12 of the country's finest global and local equities investors for their highest conviction stock picks for the year ahead. This includes Alphinity's Mary Manning, whose top stock last year delivered a whopping retu…
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As we round out another year of Buy Hold Sell, we're taking the chains off. Normally, we try to keep things civil by putting a handful of stocks to our guests and asking for their analysis. Whilst guests don't always agree, at least they don't have to analyse each other's highest conviction picks. In essence, the stocks are like Switzerland - neutr…
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If there is one lesson markets can bestow on their followers, it's humility. Not even the world's most respected economists get every macro call right, nor do the world's market animals consistently pick only winning stocks. Getting things wrong, making mistakes, and replaying these (often) haunting moments in our heads is intrinsically human. But …
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We all know 2023 has been a challenging year for investors. And that’s not necessarily because overall returns have been low, but rather because of the extremes we have seen. There have been significant bouts of volatility, although volatility overall is near all-time lows. This is particularly true for the US, where markets have rallied but only s…
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Currently, there is a 22% short interest in fallen lithium darling Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS). This is up from around 3.7% a year ago - meaning that today, 22% of the shares in this hard rock lithium miner are shorted. I know what you are thinking... Oh, anonymous writer! Why should I care? After all, Pilbara's share price has sunk around 30% over…
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The silly season is finally here! So, we thought we'd take a look at some stocks investors could add to their Christmas stockings and hold throughout 2024. After all, nothing spreads joy quite like a few winning stocks. Take Kelsian, Nexgen Energy and CSR, for example, which have seen their share prices rise 20%, 50% and 27% respectively since the …
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Last week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics gave the RBA (and investors) an early Christmas present. It was revealed that the monthly consumer price index (CPI) indicator rose 4.9% in the 12 months to October 2023, down from 5.6% in September. This came in below economists' estimates, who had projected a 5.2% rise over the period. Hallelujah! It…
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