Market Update 17 April 2020 | AMP Capital

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets, with the exception of European shares, pushed higher again over the last week on ongoing signs that the coronavirus curve is flattening in a number of countries which is resulting in a move towards relaxing lockdowns amidst promising reports regarding anti-viral drug tests. While Australian energy stocks were hit as oil prices fell, the local share market was pushed higher again by a strong global …

A mixed reporting season – share market hits new high before coronavirus correction | AMP Capital

The company earnings reporting season was best described as mixed, but probably better than we feared. The Australian share market hit a new record high in the middle of the reporting season before it got whacked by concerns over coronavirus. The ASX 200 reached a record close of 7,162 points on February 20 before joining Wall Street in a sell off that was fanned by fears over the effect of COVID-19 on the world economy. …

Are shares expensive?

Are shares expensive? Key points Starting point valuations for shares matter a lot in terms of medium-term return potential and vulnerability to share market falls. Basically, the cheaper the better.   Developed market shares are not dirt cheap (and haven’t been for several years) but on most measures they are not at overvalued extremes. US shares are most at risk, but other markets are reasonable. Introduction Some commentators claim shares are way overvalued and so …

Should your investment journey start with property?

Should your investment journey start with property? When you’re priced out of owning a home in your neighbourhood, is property investing a good solution for growing your wealth? Will renting for the rest of your life cost more and make you more vulnerable? We talked to CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional Rebecca Fergusson, financial planner at Main Street Financial Solutions, about the pros and cons of property investing as a strategy for securing your financial future. …

Dealing with redundancy

Dealing with redundancy How you spend your time and money after redundancy can make a difference to your future career and wellbeing. Find out how to plan for your best outcome. When your time at work comes to an end because of redundancy, it can stir up all sorts of feelings, ideas and possibilities. For some it’s a great opportunity to rethink how you want to be spending your time. Fear of the unknown can …

Your wedding windfall

Your wedding windfall The average Aussie couple are spending around $65k on their big day. By making some smart wedding budget choices you could be investing that money for a better financial future. Let’s take a look at how saving $30k on your wedding could help you out with other lifestyle goals. Online source: Produced by The Financial Financial Planning Association of Australia and published on 15 June 2017.  Original article.   You may also like Finding the …

The four steps to a better retirement

The four steps to a better retirement Today, with Australians living longer and healthier lives, the concept of retirement is much different to what it was only one generation ago. For each retiree, retirement is different. Typically, there are four areas that need to be considered to help you better understand your retirement goals and objectives. The four steps to a better retirement.  These are: Define your retirement vision; Understand your cash flow requirements; Clarify …

Does a part-time job in retirement work for you?

Does a part-time job in retirement work for you? Maybe you can’t wait to give up work forever. But having a part-time job in retirement offers health and income benefits that could make it worth considering for your future lifestyle. Boosting your super For many people in their retirement years, one of the most compelling reasons for continuing with paid work is to make ends meet. According to a recent research report from the Association …

Is it better to buy an investment property or home first?

Is it better to buy an investment property or home first? There’s a lot to consider when buying an investment property or home, especially for the first time. Have you been saving for a long time and feel ready to get into the property market? Maybe you’re considering buying a home to live in or investing in a property you can rent out to somebody else. Either way, it’s worth knowing some more about both …

7 little ways to be better with money

7 little ways to be better with money  Discover these 7 essential ways to change your money mindset and behaviour for good and feel richer for decades to come. 1. Develop your own value One of the most important investments you can make is in yourself. Whether that’s reading up on something that interests you, improving your skills and education, getting expert support from a coach or mentor or looking after your health and well-being, …