Opinion – 2018 to be the year of the machine


As artificial intelligence (AI) moves from the realms of fantasy to reality, it brings both opportunities and threats for investors in 2018. The possibilities of AI were underscored in 2015 when Google’s DeepMi.. Read More

Opinion – Yield hunters set to come unstuck


Chasing income usually entails more risk – both direct and indirect – than the client can understand and the adviser can explain, yet the last few years have been unusual in that these extra risks haven&r.. Read More

Opinion – Healthy returns in medical arena


Spending on healthcare has risen sharply across the globe in recent decades, and further strong growth is widely expected. According to recent projections by the World Bank Group and the Institute for Health Me.. Read More

Opinion – Welcome workers who raise the alarm


Whistleblowers are usually reluctant victims, bearing the burden of broken systems and dysfunctional cultures that fail to protect employees trying to do right by their employer. The financial services industry.. Read More

Opinion – Smooth the path to social bonding


There is no longer any question that social media can work for financial advisers. The key questions are how to overcome the challenges for its implementation and what strategies work best to optimise adviser reach a.. Read More

Opinion – Retail appeal to marketplace loans


Consumer credit is emerging as a possible asset class for retail investors, potentially providing the elusive combination of both higher returns and lower volatility. Large financial institutions have been inve.. Read More

Opinion – Japan’s sun rises with Trump win


The surprising US presidential election victory by Donald Trump is leading to major shifts across the global investment landscape. In this environment of new winners and losers, one possible beneficiary is emerging i.. Read More

Opinion: Support, expansion to drive fintech


Last year was the year in which fintech entered the mainstream in Australia, becoming a major driver of activity in the start-up ecosystem and a political and business talking point. At Stone & Chalk, in our.. Read More

Opinion – Unlock the secret to social success


Look around any train carriage, café or busy street and it’s likely you won’t meet anyone’s eye – they are all looking at their phones. The majority are diligently scrolling through the.. Read More

Opinion – Markets to eclipse doom and gloom


There were clearly legitimate concerns about the sustainability of the global economic recovery going into 2016. These stemmed from a contraction in United States manufacturing activity, which had, in turn, caused US.. Read More

Opinion - Hard lessons well learned


It is now almost 10 years since the start of the global financial crisis, and its ramifications for investment markets are still being felt. Conventional investment wisdom has been turned on its head post 2008 as inv.. Read More

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