Weekly Market Update 19 October 2018

        Weekly Market Update 19 October 2018 Investment markets and key developments over the past week While share markets had a great bounce from oversold levels early in the last week they fell back to varying degrees as worries around US interest rates, the US trade conflict …

Boom turns to bust – falling Australian home prices.

Boom turns to bust – falling Australian home prices. How far and for how long and what’s the impact on the economy? Key points Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are likely to see top to bottom falls of around 20% as credit conditions tighten, supply rises and a negative …

Why investors should go back to basics in a low-return world

Why investors should go back to basics in a low-return world Investors can be forgiven for wondering how they are going to continue to make money in financial markets. Cash rates globally are low and are likely to remain so, especially in Australia. This article looks at a ‘back to …

An update on the US rate rise

An update on the US rate rise   Although we’ve seen declines on Wall Street this week, there’s still strong growth in the US market. The most recent rate hike in the US may have investors concerned that the Fed could threaten markets with even more aggressive hikes. But I …

The pullback in shares – 7 things investors need to keep in mind

The pullback in shares – 7 things investors need to keep in mind Key points   The current pullback in shares has been triggered by a range of things – but most notably worries about rising US interest rates and the US/China conflict.    Shares may still have more downside, but …

Weekly Market Update 12 October 2018

Weekly Market Update 12 October 2018 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets fell sharply over the last week led by the US share market primarily on the back of worries about rising interest rates and bond yields and the deteriorating US/China relationship. Bond yields generally …

Outlook for the Australian economy

Outlook for the Australian economy   Investors might have noted some recent positives in the Australian economy. June quarter GDP growth of 3.4% was above potential and its fastest rate since 2012. We have also seen pretty good jobs numbers, with the unemployment rate trending down and sitting at a …

Weekly Market Update 5 October 2018

Weekly Market Update 5 October 2018 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets fell over the last week, largely in response to a renewed rise in bond yields. Commodity prices rose, although this was mainly due to higher oil prices. Strong US economic data and some rise …

How is the Kiwi dollar faring?

How is the Kiwi dollar faring? Investors have been watching the Australian dollar weaken since January, but they may not be aware that the currency of our near neighbour New Zealand has also been under pressure, with further weakening likely. The New Zealand dollar has fallen as the Fed continues …

What’s happening in the Chinese economy at the moment?

What’s happening in the Chinese economy at the moment?   Investors should keep a watching brief on the Chinese economy, AMP Capital Investment Strategist, Angus Nicholson says. He warns that key risks include weak credit growth, the US trade war and signs of slowing global growth. “Investors should keep a …