How to play catch up with your super

How to play catch up with your super Now you can put more into super at the concessional rate of tax, starting from the 2019-20 financial year Putting more money into the tax-friendly framework of superannuation to help you enjoy a fulfilling retirement… it’s one of those things that seems like a no brainer, especially with the benefit of hindsight. In a recent report Australians in retirement said that making extra super contributions was the …

What the Coalition’s election victory means for Australia’s economy

What the Coalition’s election victory means for Australia’s economy With the Coalition returning to government following Saturday’s Federal election, it’s likely to be business as usual for the Australian economy. AMP Capital Senior Economist Diana Mousina says the Coalition’s focus in the near term will remain on providing tax relief to low-and-middle-income households, which was the focus of this year’s Federal budget. This tax relief represents about 0.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). …

Weekly Market Update 17 May 2019

Weekly Market Update 17 May 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets fell earlier in the past week as the trade war continued to escalate, before rebounding helped by better economic and earnings news and hopes of a trade deal. This left share markets mixed with US and Chinese shares down slightly, but Eurozone, Japanese and Australian shares up. Australian shares saw strong gains in resources stocks helped by rising iron …

Should investors be worried about the election outcome?

Should investors be worried about the election outcome? We’re in the midst of the 2019 Federal election campaign, and some investors may be worried about the impact of the outcome on investment markets. There is definitely a clearer difference between the major parties this time, which is creating more uncertainty than in previous campaigns. But those differences aren’t as extreme in many other countries around the world. While the election result may trigger some short-term …

The trade war is back – what went wrong, what it means for share markets and Australia

The trade war is back – what went wrong, what it means for share markets and Australia   Key points   Consumer expectations of instant gratification are driving down delivery times   Labour shortages and traffic congestion highlight the criticality of well-located logistics facilities The trade war between the US and China has returned after talks to resolve their trade differences broke down. Our base case remains that a deal will be reached to resolve …

6 steps to get your money stuff together

6 steps to get your money stuff together If you’re like three out of four Australians, you may have started the year without a proper budget.i Research indicates that over a third of us believe budgeting is too much effort and almost one in five Aussies say budgeting takes too much time.i Here are some easy wins to keep you on the right track for 2019 1. Work out your goals If you don’t know …

Women and Money:

Women and Money: Challenges and financial strategies Many women are still lagging behind in their longer term super savings.i There are several reasons for this that are often out of a woman’s control. However, women can try certain strategies to improve their financial situation. What’s holding women back financially? Women face some very real and specific challenges when planning to put money aside for the future, including: Juggling day-to-day demands – Caring for others and managing household …

Things to avoid as a newbie investor

Things to avoid as a newbie investor Whatever your age, if you’re thinking of dabbling in investments like shares, managed funds or cryptocurrencies, here’s a list of common mistakes which are generally worth steering clear of. 1. Failing to plan When looking to invest, it’s generally wise to think about: your current position and how much you can realistically afford to invest (consider what other financial priorities you have or existing debts you may be …

Most older Aussies prefer home care over a nursing home

Most older Aussies prefer home care over a nursing home While nearly nine in 10 say they have a preference, less than five in 10 have discussed their wishes with their family. What about you? According to a recent study by McCrindle, nearly 90% of Australians aged 50 and over said they’d prefer to live out their days in their own home, even though most admitted to not having given much thought to what support …

Weekly Market Update 12 April 2019

Weekly Market Update 12 April 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets fell slightly over the last week on global growth concerns and renewed US/Europe trade war fears. Australian shares rose though playing catch up to the previous weeks rally in global shares with energy, tech and real estate stocks being the main drivers. Bond yields were flat in the US but fell elsewhere. Oil and iron ore prices continued …