10 medium to longer-term implications from the coronavirus shock | AMP Capital

10 medium to longer-term implications from the coronavirus shock Key points Key medium to longer-term implications flowing from the coronavirus shock are: lower for longer interest rates; a further blow to globalisation; another leg up in the US/China cold war; bigger government and public debt; a long-term risk of higher inflation; consumer & investor caution; faster embrace of technology; bad for airlines; another test for the Eurozone; and lower immigration. Some of these will constrain …

AMP Capital Core Infrastructure Fund update – Webinar | AMP Capital

INFRASTRUCTURE AMP Capital Core Infrastructure Fund update – Webinar 19 May, 2020 Within the infrastructure space, we are seeing an impact on the performance of some categories of assets, while others have proved to be resilient. In our view, some of the distinguishing characteristics of the infrastructure sector – assets that provide essential services, lower volatility and reliable long-term revenue streams – indicate that a well-diversified infrastructure portfolio should be well-placed to withstand a downturn …

Why it’s important to think about insurance ahead of retirement

  Finding the right level of insurance cover is important when you’re thinking about retirement. If retirement’s coming up on your horizon, the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) may have thrown a warehouse-sized rack of spanners in your planning.   It makes sense to concentrate on things you can control, such as insurance. Too-high premiums can chew away at the foundations of your savings, at a time when they’re more important than ever. Under-insure and one …

How to protect your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic | Money & Life

If you’re feeling worried about the impact of COVID-19 on your financial wellbeing, you’re not alone. CoreData reports that 81% of Australians are fearful about the potential impact of the pandemic on their personal finances and the broader economy. While it is a challenging time in many respects, the added burden of financial stress can be especially hard on your mental health. Severe financial stress can lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression, even triggering …

The Coronavirus pandemic and the economy – a Q&A from an investment perspective | AMP Capital

The Coronavirus pandemic and the economy – a Q&A from an investment perspective Key points Significant government support is essential to enable parts of the economy to successfully hibernate. This will be financed by borrowing and is affordable given Australia’s relatively low public debt and low borrowing rates. Central bank support to keep financial markets functioning properly is also essential and quantitative easing is part of this. We are more likely to see a U-shaped …

COVID-19 update: effect on equities and bond markets | AMP Capital

  The impact of the novel Coronavirus outbreak has played out in an unprecedented manner on stock markets over the past few weeks, with large falls, extreme volatility and rapidly changing conditions across the major markets. This is unlike any crisis we’ve witnessed over the past few decades, with movements of more than 5% on a daily basis. It’s difficult at this stage to predict how far this situation might run for the global economy, …

Four reasons the global economic outlook for 2019 looks positive

Four reasons the global economic outlook for 2019 looks positive Many investors have been rattled by falls in share markets and are fretting about what the new year may hold. But there are a number of reasons to suggest that after a weak 2018, 2019 will be better, and that a well-diversified portfolio should deliver reasonable returns. 1. This is a “mid-cycle” correction Firstly, while some investors fear a recession and full-blown bear market, when …

The super split

The super split By the time you retire your super may be one of your biggest assets. So when it comes to a divorce, it’s a very important part of a financial settlement. Find out from legal and financial experts what you need to know, and what to keep in mind when it comes to super and separating your family finances. Splitting your financial assets during divorce is often a complex and difficult process. In …

Econosights- The US economy – upcoming midterm elections & its impact

Econosights – The US economy – upcoming midterm elections & its impact Key points Upcoming US midterm elections may see the Republican party lose its majority in one or both houses of Congress which could make passing policy changes more difficult for the government. But, policy already passed (including tax reform) will be difficult to reverse.   Impeachment investigations against Trump are likely if Democrats gain a majority in the House, which would lead to …

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 feedback loop from falling prices risks developing.   Other cities will perform better having not seen the boom of the last few years.   Property …