Five charts and a table that are critical to watch regarding the global economy and markets this year

Five charts and a table that are critical to watch regarding the global economy and markets this year Key points After a strong rebound since December share markets are at risk of a short-term pull back. However, despite this we see this year as being a decent year for share market returns.   Five key global charts to watch as to whether this will be the case are: global business conditions PMIs; global inflation; the …

Weekly Market Update 22 February 2019

Weekly Market Update 22 February 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week While US shares were little changed over the last week other major markets saw solid gains helped by good news on trade. This included Australian shares which got a further lift from reasonable earnings results, more talk of rate cuts and upgrades to earnings growth expectations for resources stocks on the back of higher commodity prices. Bond yields were flat to …

Three positive signs for global growth in 2019

Three positive signs for global growth in 2019 Many investors in 2018, particularly at the end of the year, were worried the global economy was slowing and that it might slide into recession. The concerns contributed to the weakness in share markets at the end of the year, along with a bit of uncertainty about the US Federal Reserve’s rate hike agenda and worries about the US-China trade war. But our view is that 2019 …

Weekly Market Update 15 February 2019

Weekly Market Update 15 February 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets rose over the last week helped by optimism on US/China trade talks, progress towards averting a renewed partial government shutdown in the US along with okay earnings results. Australian shares were little changed having outperformed sharply in the previous. Bond yields were little changed. The oil price rose but metal and iron ore prices fell. The $A was …

Weekly Market Update 8 February 2019

Weekly Market Update 8 February 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global shares were flat to down over the past week not helped by weak economic data and trade uncertainty. Australian shares saw a strong rise though as the banks saw a Royal Commission relief rally, the prospect of RBA rate cuts provided a boost to retailers, industrial stocks and yield sensitives and miners continued to benefit from the surging iron ore …

Why growth in China is unlikely to slow too far and why it needs to save less and spend more

Why growth in China is unlikely to slow too far and why it needs to save less and spend more   Key points China’s economy is slowing but not collapsing as the services sector holds up. A further slowing is likely in the short term, but policy stimulus is likely to see growth improve in the second half, giving 2019 growth of 6.2%.   Concerns about China’s rapid debt growth are overstated given it reflects …

5 life insurance questions you’ve always wanted to ask

5 life insurance questions you’ve always wanted to ask What impact do factors like your weight, age and smoking status have on your ability to buy life insurance?  Life insurers take into account a number of different factors when assessing insurance applications, but asking your insurer about the impact these factors might have can sometimes be difficult. Here are the answers to some commonly held – but seldom asked – questions you might have about …