3 things to remember about market volatility

16 May 2016 3 things to remember about market volatility After a period of relative calm over 2012-2014 share market volatility has spiked over the last year as various worries about the global growth outlook intensified. With this renewed volatility a focus on risk in investing and a desire for safety …

The 2016 Australian Federal Election and Investors

10 May 2016 The 2016 Australian Federal Election and Investors Historically election campaigns result in a period of uncertainty which have seen weak gains on average for the Australian share market followed by a bounce once the election is out of the way. The starker choice at this election between …

The 2016-17 Australian Budget – putting popularity ahead of austerity

04 May 2016 The 2016-17 Australian Budget – putting popularity ahead of austerity While the iron ore price has improved, the budget deficit is now projected to be $39.9bn in 2016-17 (up from $35bn in last year’s budget). Return to surplus is still not expected until 2020-21. Modest personal and …

Federal Budget – what could it hold?

Federal Budget – what could it hold? Speculating about the likely look and feel of the 2016 Federal budget is fast becoming a national pastime. That’s largely because significant tax reforms are on the cards, with changes that could impact key wealth assets like property and superannuation. Any reforms are …

Why have Australian shares underperformed global shares? Will it continue?

28 April 2016 Why have Australian shares underperformed global shares? Will it continue? The underperformance of Australian versus global shares since 2009 reflects a combination of tighter monetary policy, the strong $A into 2011, the slump in commodity prices, property crash phobia and classic mean reversion. High dividend payouts are …

Federal Budget 2016 -17

28/04/2016   Federal Budget 2016 -17 ‘Election budget’ will highlight the need to reform Author: Shane Oliver Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy AMP Capital. There will be added interest in the Federal Budget 2016-17 announcement on May 3 as it’s likely to be the final major economic statement …

Emotional investing magnifies volatility & volatility is not the same as risk–what investors need..

13 April 2016   Emotional investing magnifies volatility & volatility is not the same as risk–what investors need.. The past year has seen volatility in investment markets spike higher. While fundamental drivers of volatility have fallen over time, investor sentiment has become a bigger driver. Volatility may remain elevated for …

Market turbulence always throws up opportunities, a Panel discussion.

18 February 2016 Market turbulence always throws up opportunities, a Panel discussion. AMP Capital The past few months have seen intense volatility, particularly across emerging markets, the banking sector and oil. Part 1: Market volatility: Causes, opportunities and outlook In this video we explain the reasons for market volatility and discuss …

The Australian dollar – up for now, but likely to resume its long term downswing

30 March 2016 The Australian dollar – up for now, but likely to resume its long term downswing A more dovish Fed, better Australian economic data, higher commodity prices and the reversal of high levels of shorts have seen the $A gain 12% from its January low. It could hit …

China in transition from manufacturing to services

23 March 2016 China in transition from manufacturing to services China’s economy is seeing an ongoing transition from manufacturing & investment to services & consumption at the same time that it is continuing to deregulate. This transition will entail slower growth than seen last decade and bouts of uncertainty. However, …