Super – so what? | Money & Life

  Super – so what? For some people, super may be the most valuable asset they’ll ever have. So it makes sense to know how much they have and how it’s invested. But it’s very often the case that young people, in particular, see super as being something that’s of low concern. So how can the super industry get young people interested in something they won’t benefit from for years to come? With home ownership …

Mixed implications for infrastructure as COVID-19 outbreak continues | AMP Capital

COVID-19: Impacts on Infrastructure AMP Capital believes infrastructure, as an asset class, offers defensive positioning that makes it an attractive inclusion in a portfolio in an environment such as the one we are currently facing. That’s not to say that individual infrastructure assets won’t be exposed to significant risk from the COVID-19 outbreak, however, in our view, a number of defining characteristics of the sector – consistent returns, lower volatility, and reliable long-term income yields …

Dealing with being asset rich and cash poor

Dealing with being asset rich and cash poor Reverse mortgages could be one way to help with living expenses, but they may also erode any equity you have in your home over time. Given longer life expectancies, the rising cost of living and the property boom, more and more retirees find themselves asset rich and cash poor. One option is to downsize to a cheaper home, but this often has major disadvantages. If they are …

Five factors for nervous investors

Five factors for nervous investors You wanted shares to buy last year but didn’t get around to it, then prices rose and so you were waiting until prices fell, but now that they have fallen you are worried they will fall further. I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is as a ‘Nervous Investor’, you will never find a perfect time to invest, when everyone agrees markets are going to …

Accountant or Planner – which do I need?

Accountant or Planner – which do I need? When it comes to sorting out money matters, where do you go to seek professional help? Can an accountant take care of your finances or should you be speaking to a financial planner? Discover more about the difference between these two support services and how you can benefit from both. Seeing an accountant is something that’s routine for most Australians. After all, lodging a tax return is …

Why passive investing now won’t deliver all your goals

Why passive investing now won’t deliver all your goals Passive investment funds used to be a relatively obscure part of the market. But with their popularity soaring in recent years, many investors might now be sceptical about paying for active investment. Market performance over recent years would reinforce that scepticism. Holding a passive mix of mainstream assets has performed very well over the last 5 years. For example, an investor who suffers a permanent 25% …

Separating fact from fiction when it comes to superannuation

Separating fact from fiction when it comes to superannuation If you’re wondering whether super is improving retirement outcomes for Australians, we take a look at some of the findings. If you’ve got compulsory super contributions coming out of your wages or salary, or you’re making voluntary contributions, or both, you’re probably keen to know how super is making a difference to everyday Aussies, if at all, given it’s a system that has now been in …

Spread your money, reduce risk

  Spread your money, reduce risk Six out of ten Australians own investments outside of the family home and super. That’s good news. The only problem is that many people are still putting all their eggs in one, or just a few, baskets. The latest investor study by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) found 40% of investors admit they don’t have a diversified portfolio. Almost one in two investors think their portfolio is diverse, yet …

Bitcoin – is it really for you?

Bitcoin – is it really for you? If I could sum up the contents of my junk emails over the last 12 months in a single word it would be: Bitcoin. I can’t tell you how many unsolicited invitations I’ve received to start trading bitcoin – you may have experienced the same thing. This alone is a concern but when heavy hitters like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) start calling out the risks of bitcoin, …