Australia delivers good company earnings

Published: March 9, 2015

In summary: 55% exceeded earnings expectations (versus a norm of 43%); 66% have seen their profits rise from a year ago (in line with recent trends); and 62% have increased dividends from a year ago (also in line with recent trends). The better performers during the season were beneficiaries of the continuing low interest rate […]

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RBA Board to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.25 per cent

Published: March 3, 2015

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.25 per cent. Growth in the global economy continued at a moderate pace in 2014. A similar performance is expected by most observers in 2015, with the US economy continuing to strengthen, even […]

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3 themes investors should watch in Europe

Published: February 10, 2015

There has been a lot of commentary surrounding Europe in recent weeks. In this article, we explore the main issues that require consideration. 1. Quantitative easing The European Central Bank (ECB) launched quantitative easing (QE) as expected. It plans to make purchases of 60 billion euros per month until at least September 2016. The move […]

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Oil prices: what’s behind the drop?

Published: February 10, 2015

There’s been a lot of commentary around the recent drop in oil prices, and what it might take for them to recover. Integral to this discussion is the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Saudi Arabia, which produce about 33% and 9% of the world’s oil respectively. In this article, we examine the factors […]

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China’s property market in a slump

Published: February 10, 2015

In the first industry-wide move since 2012, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) cut its reserve ratio requirement (RRR) – the amount of cash banks have to hold as reserves – by 0.5% to 19.5% this month. The easing is likely to provide support in the near-term to China’s slowing economy – and, in-turn, sluggish […]

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Timeless investing: tools to help you stay focused on your investment strategy

Published: February 10, 2015

Given the continued volatility in investment markets, it’s no wonder some investors develop mixed feelings about investing in shares. When markets are volatile, emotional instincts can begin to play a role in investment decisions. In this environment, a well-anchored investor stands to benefit by persisting with an appropriate investment strategy to achieve long-term results. In […]

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RBA lowers the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.25 per cent

Published: February 3, 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 2.25 per cent, effective 4 February 2015. Growth in the global economy continued at a moderate pace in 2014. China's growth was in line with policymakers' objectives. The US economy […]

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2015 outlook: 2 things you need to know

Published: January 13, 2015

Globally Growth is likely to remain around 3.5%; ranging from 1-1.5% in the Eurozone and Japan, 3.5% in the US and 7% in China. Inflationary pressure is likely to remain fairly low and the overall monetary backdrop, despite a probable tightening by the US in the middle of the year, will remain fairly easy. We […]

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Keep your investments on track this new year

Published: January 13, 2015

This is especially true for retirees who are largely reliant upon their financial assets to fund their lifestyle. As a result, advisers are fine-tuning their advice frameworks, and seeking investment strategies better matched to client goals and expectations. With the new year upon us, we explore the importance of goal-setting and retirement planning. Boost your […]

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Lessons from 2014

Published: December 8, 2014

A combination of the blanket news coverage of economic worries, the associated information avalanche we are now exposed to and our innate fascination with crises is likely making us worse investors. We’re more fearful, more jittery and more focused on the short-term. With the year drawing to a close, now is a good time to […]

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