Market Update 23 October 2020

Market Update 23 October 2020   Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets were mixed over the last week being buffeted again by waxing and waning stimulus prospects in the US and ever rising numbers of new coronavirus cases. US and Eurozone shares fell but Japanese and Chinese shares rose slightly. Reflecting the messy global lead Australian shares fell slightly as a rise in bond yields pushed down utilities, telcos and …

How to review your direct debits and save

  How to review your direct debits and save Direct debits can be extremely convenient and even save you money. But they can become costly – and may even send you into debt – when you lose track of your automated payments. Conduct regular reviews to keep on top of your direct debits. Here’s how. Type ‘direct debit’ into your internet search engine and the words ‘hassle free’, ‘easy’ and ‘simple’ will likely pop up …

7 ways to stay active and healthy in retirement

7 ways to stay active and healthy in retirement Staying active and connected in the current environment may have its challenges, but here are some tips that could help keep your physical and mental wellbeing in check. When it comes to living a longer, healthier, more active lifestyle, a good approach can often involve easy tasks that you can turn into everyday habits – even when social distancing is on the agenda. If you’re after …

Expect slower medium-term returns

Expect slower medium-term returns Key points The continuing decline in investment yields on the back of falling interest rates and bond yields has seen our medium term (5 to 10 year) return projections for a diversified mix of assets fall to around 4.8% pa. At least it’s still better than sub 1% bank deposit returns. The key for investors is to have realistic return expectations, allow that inflation is also low and focus on assets …

2020 AMP University Challenge – In conversation with Rod Edge

The countdown is on ahead of AMP’s 2020 University Challenge finals. This year’s event will be virtual, but as AMP Australia’s Rod Edge discusses, our five finalists will still face a challenging round of academic and performance-based tests. Original Author: Produced by AMP and published on 19/10/2020

Q&AMP Live – Property market update with Shane Oliver, October 2020

AMP Chief Economist Shane Oliver delivers the October 2020 economic market update with particular focus on what’s happening with property investments. Dr Oliver covers topics including ‘economic and investment outlook’, the ‘impact of coronavirus on consumer markets’ and delves into the ‘positives and negatives of the housing market’. For regular updates an insight into investing and finance, please review our insights section: https://www.amp.com.au/insights Original Author: Produced by AMP and published on 16/10/2020 Source You may also …

Five areas set to benefit from this year’s Federal Budget

Five areas set to benefit from this year’s Federal Budget This year’s Budget saw a big bag of measures announced to get growth accelerating in the Australian economy. Some people and sectors will feel its impacts more than others. Most groups in the Australian community look likely to benefit from this year’s Federal Budget in some way, assuming the measures are enacted (remember, the Budget is not legislation). You can read our detailed analysis of …

Nine keys to successful investing – and why they are more important than ever in the face of the coronavirus shock

Nine keys to successful investing – and why they are more important than ever in the face of the coronavirus shock Key points Even in good times successful investing can be stressful. For this reason, it’s useful for investors to keep a key set of things – call them rules – in mind. The key rules I think are: make the most of compound interest; don’t get thrown off by the cycle; invest for the …

Aussies saving for a rainy day instead of a holiday

Aussies saving for a rainy day instead of a holiday Not many people can say they’ve been unaffected by COVID-19. Whether you’ve lost work, had hours reduced or been fortunate to maintain employment, COVID has been a wake-up call for how we manage our money and set financial goals. Research1 by AMP shows that the majority of us now believe it’s more important than ever to plan for a secure financial future. For the first time …

Many Aussies in the dark about retirement

Many Aussies in the dark about retirement Whether retirement is a long way into the distance, or just peeking over the horizon, recent research1 shows half of us aren’t sure we’ll have enough money to retire when we want, or even how much money we’ll actually need. There’s always been a lot of unknowns when it comes to retirement but throw a global pandemic into the mix, and we’re feeling more uncertainty than ever before. Things …