An introduction to ‘ethical investing’ | Money & Life

An introduction to ‘ethical investing’ Growing concern about a range of environmental and social issues is fuelling a rise in ethical investing in Australia. Here’s a look at this fast expanding sector. For many personal and financial reasons, a growing number of investors are seeking to apply an ethical lens to their decision making. For some it’s about using their funds to drive change on issues like the climate, animal cruelty or human rights abuse. …

Market Update 30 July | AMP Capital

Market Update 30 July   Investment markets and key developments over the past week Despite some concerns about Chinese regulatory tightening early in the week and ongoing worries about coronavirus US and European shares rose over the last week helped by strong earnings results in the US and strong data in Europe. Japanese and Chinese shares fell though with regulatory issues weighing on the latter. The positive US lead helped push the Australian share market …

Money worries and your mental health | Money & Life

Money worries and your mental health Worrying about your finances can take a real toll on your mental health. With many people experiencing financial stress this year, we look at what you can do to improve your financial (and mental) wellbeing. It’s been a trying time for many people, with our collective mental health taking a toll as the COVID-19 pandemic rolls on. The Melbourne Institute says one-in-three Australians are now reporting financial stress, while one-in-five are …

Is hydrogen the silver bullet that organisations are leaning on? | AMP Capital

  Is hydrogen the silver bullet that organisations are leaning on? Can renewable hydrogen reduce emissions and help solve climate change? As the dangers associated with climate change become more widely understood and accepted, the fight to save the planet and its people has intensified. As investors, we believe that stopping climate change will aid economic growth – as such we strive to understand how the companies we invest in can not only manage these …

Market Update 26 March 2021 | AMP Capital

  Market Update 26 March 2021 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Market sentiment was more cautious this week on concern about the economic reopening from rising COVID-19 cases and vaccine delays. Seasonal impacts affect sharemarkets as well and quarter-end profit taking may also be contributing to sharemarket weakness. US shares on the S&P500 were just negative over the week at -0.1% while the heavier tech NASDAQ index was down by 1.8%. NASDAQ …

Buying a home in 2021? Read this first | Money & Life

Buying a home in 2021? Read this first Thinking about making a sea-change or tree-change? Wondering if it’s a good time to buy in the city? With house prices rising fast across most of the country, here’s what you need to know to get onto the property ladder. It’s official, Australia is experiencing a widespread property boom not seen for more than a decade. After COVID-19 put the brakes on the housing market early last …

Budgeting for baby: What you need to know

Budgeting for baby: What you need to know Having a baby is an exciting and life changing experience. But what about the cost? There are many hidden and unexpected expenses that go along with your new bundle of joy. Follow our handy guide to planning your finances, so you can avoid any money worries once baby arrives. No two ways about it, having a baby in Australia isn’t cheap. It also comes at a time …

3 golden rules that make saving for retirement easier

3 golden rules that make saving for retirement easier If you’ve thought about how much money you need to save so you can retire comfortably, it might feel a little daunting. Maybe so much so, you’d rather not think about it at all. But, according to AMP Technical Strategy Manager John Perri, there are three simple rules anyone can follow that make saving for retirement a lot easier. Follow the sleep test All investments come …

Market Update 25 September 2020 | AMP Capital

Market Update 25 September 2020 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets fell again over the last week on concerns about rising coronavirus cases, tightening social distancing restrictions in Europe and the lack of progress towards additional fiscal stimulus in the US. Despite a rally late in the week, US shares fell 0.6%, eurozone shares lost 4.2%, Japanese shares fell 0.7% and Chinese shares fell 3.5%. Australian shares however managed a …

Australia’s “eye popping” budget deficit and public debt blow out – can it be paid off? Does it matter? | AMP Capital

Australia’s “eye popping” budget deficit and public debt blow out – can it be paid off? Does it matter?   Key points The Australian Federal budget next month will likely see a further blow out in the budget deficit due to the ongoing hit to tax revenue & more stimulus. We expect an “eye popping” 2020-21 deficit of around $230bn. Stepped up economic reforms will help grow the economy but are unlikely to drive a …