Weekly Market Update 6 December 2019

Weekly Market Update 6 December 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets were mixed over the last week with falls in the US and Europe on trade war fears and mixed economic data, but Japanese shares rose on fiscal stimulus plans and Chinese shares rose too. The Australian share market fell back from record highs taking its lead from the declines in US shares and worries about global trade but with …

Superannuation Changes

Superannuation Changes Learn more about the latest super reforms and what they could mean for you.  Putting Members’ Interests First legislation Putting Members’ Interests First (PMIF) law was passed in September 2019. It aims to prevent certain people being charged for insurance inside their super that they may not need. The PMIF law affects: members with a super balance under $6,000 new members aged under 25 People with a super balance under $6,000 Under the …

Weekly Market Update 29 November 2019

Weekly Market Update 29 November 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets rose over the last week helped by optimism regarding a US/China trade deal and mostly okay economic data with US shares reaching a new record high. Australian shares also broke out to a new record high helped by the positive global lead with strong gains in telcos, health, energy and IT stocks offsetting more constrained increases in financials with …

How Much Superannuation is enough?

How Much Superannuation is enough? When you plan for retirement you will probably develop a financial plan intended to increase the amount you have for retirement. If you are on an average wage of about $85,000 p.a. before tax, you’ll need to save about 15 to 20 times that amount for retirement – about $1.3 to $1.7 million at today’s prices. You’re probably nowhere near that. There are other ways of estimating what you may …

Weekly Market Update 22 November 2019

Weekly Market Update 22 November 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Most share markets fell over the last week as uncertainty about whether the US and China will agree a Phase One trade deal ramped up amidst a range of conflicting reports. This comes at a time when markets are vulnerable to a consolidation or correction after strong gains since early October has left investor sentiment at elevated levels. Australian shares got …

Weekly Market Update 15 November 2019

Weekly Market Update 15 November 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw some cautiousness creep back into share markets with increased uncertainty about a US/China trade deal coming at a time when major share markets had become a bit vulnerable to a pull back after a run of good gains since early October. US shares managed to rise slightly but Eurozone and Japanese shares fell slightly, and Chinese shares …

Boost savings with compound interest

Boost savings with compound interest If your goal is to save for the future, or perhaps start putting away for your children’s education – then unless you plan on putting your savings under your mattress, the sooner you start the better. That’s because you could be missing out on earning compound interest along the way that could make a stark difference to the overall amount you save. The difference between simple interest and compound interest …

Weekly Market Update 8 November 2019

Weekly Market Update 8 November 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw most share markets push higher on the back of positive news regarding US/China trade talks, benign economic data and some optimism that global growth will pick up, with the US share market making it to a new record high. Australian shares benefitted from the positive global led by strong gains in resources, IT and consumer discretionary …

Resist today, Relax tomorrow.

Resist today, Relax tomorrow. Can you recite the last line of Gone with the Wind? If not, you’ll find the answer at the end of this article. If you scrolled down straight away, you might be too keen for your own good. We’ve all heard that patience is a virtue, and it can even save you money. For people figuring out how to fund the lifestyle they’d like in retirement, now’s a good time to remember the …