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Did you know that not all investors are eligible to claim the franking credits? There are a number of strategies investors may look to utilise to limit their exposure to a fall in the share price of their chosen stock, while remaining eligible to receive the franking credits.

Research continues to show that companies with gender diversity in their leadership teams deliver better financial results. A new product from NAB – and Australia’s very first ‘social bond’ – allows investors to put their money where their mouth is and finally invest in gender-inclusive organisations.

We review February conditions and recommend overweight exposure in cash and alternative assets, with underweight positions in fixed interest, property and Australian equities, while keeping neutral exposure to international equities.

Private equity has made headlines in Australia over the past year or two, but for many of the wrong reasons. The demise of Dick Smith Holdings was a high profile collapse that impacted many shareholders and retail customers, and a lot of blame has been pointed at the private equity fund manager who floated the business.

Business survey suggests solid near-term activity, despite easing from multi-year high.

Low-tier SMEs’ business conditions now comparable to that of their mid-tier and high-tier counterparts

Get the latest monthly update on housing market conditions around Australia.

The strength witnessed in last month’s NAB Monthly Business Survey continued into January, with both business conditions and confidence jumping to much higher levels.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is investing an estimated $9.5 million in emissions reduction projects over the next five years as part of a far-reaching plan to generate a cleaner and greener environment as well as operational savings.

From a political perspective, President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the TPP reflected US sentiment against globalisation, particularly in the mid-west rust belt.

Business confidence has held up quite well and is remarkably steady given the context of major uncertainties both at home and abroad. That said, the level of confidence has not picked up to reflect the overall strength in business conditions seen over the past year or more.

By state, confidence has improved in VIC and QLD relative to the last survey, but this was offset by much weaker confidence in SA/NT and a small fall in NSW

Apartment construction which has risen strongly over the past few years was reported by the Statistician to have declined in the September quarter.

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