Weekly Market Update 23 August 2019

Weekly Market Update 23 August 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw global share markets recover some of their recent losses helped by hope for more trade talks, a temporary Huawei reprieve, good earnings reports from US retailers and more talk of fiscal stimulus in Germany and the US.The positive global lead helped boost the Australian share market for the week led by IT and energy shares and …

The ins and outs of the Protecting Your Super package

The ins and outs of the Protecting Your Super package This year, the federal government introduced laws called the Protecting Your Super package. It’s a big deal because it addresses important changes to superannuation that are here to stay. In fact, there’s even been an industry-wide campaign about how it’s time to check your super. The package aims to protect Australians from super balances becoming eroded by fees and/or premiums in accounts that aren’t being …

Weekly Market Update 16 August 2019

Weekly Market Update 16 August 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw share markets remain under pressure as the trade war rolled and Chinese and German economic data was weak leading to an intensification of global growth fears particularly after declining US bond yields saw a further inversion in the US yield curve. While Chinese shares rose on stimulus hopes US, European and Japanese shares fell, leaving global shares …

How to retire early

How to retire early Whether you choose or need early retirement, having a plan can give your money the best chance of lasting the distance. Whether lifestyle preferences or circumstances beyond your control are behind your decision to retire early, you’ll need to make a plan to help your retirement savings last, while still enjoying a few of your favourite comforts in life. Here are some retirement planning tips to consider when thinking about retiring …

Weekly Market Update 9 August 2019

Weekly Market Update 9 August 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw a roller coaster ride in share markets with sharp falls after China responded to Trump’s latest tariffs by letting the Renminbi fall in value and ordering state-owned enterprises to halt agricultural imports from the US and the US responded by labelling China a currency manipulator, followed by a rebound as China limited downside in the Renminbi and …

Our Top 10 lifestyle costs

Our Top 10 lifestyle costs Six out of the top 10 categories relate to just two things. Can you guess what they are, and could you be cutting back? As a nation, Aussies aged 18 and over spent approximately $145 billion on lifestyle costs over a 12-month period, with the average spend per person around $7,800, according to research1. While clothing and footwear took out the number one spot by a country mile on the …

Weekly Market Update 2 August 2019

Weekly Market Update 2 August 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week It was back to “risk off” over the last week as the resumption of the US/China trade war, a less dovish than expected Fed and mixed economic data pushed global share markets down. The Australian ASX 200 followed the All Ords index to a new record high early in the week but the local market succumbed to global share market falls …

Helping grown-up children with their finances

Helping grown-up children with their finances It’s only natural to want to help your kids with big ticket items to give them a good start in life—particularly in an era when tuition fees and house prices make higher education and owning a home less affordable than in previous generations. But it can be difficult to know when to start turning off the tap. If you have an adult child who isn’t very good with money, …