China stocks in trading halt – what to consider?

Published: July 8, 2015

Turbulent financial market dynamics in recent weeks have demonstrated the importance of turning down the noise, diversifying widely and adopting an active approach to asset allocation. In this article, we address the situation in Europe and China and what this means for investment markets. Over the past month China’s sharemarket has suffered sharp price falls […]

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The Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged at 2 per cent

Published: July 7, 2015

  Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent. The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, but some key commodity prices are much lower than a year ago. This trend appears largely to reflect increased supply, […]

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Fed tightening: 3 things for investors to remember

Published: June 12, 2015

This year, what happens in the US is critically important to what happens in the global economy because of the intense focus on the Federal Reserve (Fed). We’ve had near-zero interest rates since the onset of the global financial crisis, and the Fed has indicated that at some point, probably this year, it will start […]

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4 reasons to consider investing in corporate bonds

Published: June 12, 2015

A question many investors face is where to invest for sources of income in a low yield environment. With the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cutting the official cash rate by 0.25% to 2.0% in May, many investors are looking for income opportunities outside of term deposits. In this article, we discuss corporate bond investing […]

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Commercial property set to benefit from tighter lending conditions

Published: June 12, 2015

What’s driving the demand for Australian housing? While it’s generally agreed Australian property prices are high in a global context, the reasons for it are subject to many factors. In our view, the shift to low interest rates since the early 1990s, deregulation of the banking system and the rise in two income households has […]

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How to address high priority goals in retirement

Published: June 12, 2015

Financial planners are adopting new frameworks as they deepen their understanding of client goals in retirement and implement more targeted investment strategies both pre-and post-retirement. While this trend has been in place for some time, largely driven by changing customer attitudes, interest in new approaches has accelerated in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. […]

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Be clear on investment goals

Published: May 15, 2015

From AMP Capital Retirees concerned about the latest cut to the official cash rate need to clearly identify their investment goals to help clarify whether capital stability or income sustainability is of greater importance.  Sustainable income in a low- rate environment Cash investments such as term deposits have been regarded as a safe option for […]

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2015 Federal Budget Summary

Published: May 13, 2015

Here’s a brief round-up of what the budget could mean for your family finances—whether you’re starting out in your working life, building a career and family, or enjoying the fruits of your labours in retirement.  But don’t forget—the proposals may change or not eventuate at all as legislation passes through parliament. Social Security 1.   Pension […]

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RBA lowers the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.0 per cent

Published: May 5, 2015

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.0 per cent, effective 6 May 2015. The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, but commodity prices have declined over the past year, in some cases sharply. These […]

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