Weekly Market Update 7 June 2019

Weekly Market Update 7 June 2019   Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets, except for China’s, rose over the last week on increasing prospects for Fed rate cuts in response to the negative impact of trade wars.The Australian share market also saw a modest boost from the RBA cutting rates. The prospect of more rate cuts and easier monetary policy left bond yields flat to down. Commodity prices were mixed with …

Weekly Market Update 31 May 2019

Weekly Market Update 31 May 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets fell again over the last week on the back of worries about global growth in the face of the escalating US/China trade war, made worse by Trump’s decision to put a 5% tariff on imports from Mexico rising to 25% by October unless it stops illegal immigration. Australian shares were dragged lower too as post-election euphoria wore off …

Ways to invest your money

Ways to invest your money If you’re interested in seeing what your options are outside of investment property and super this article explores some of the different investment options available. Cash investments If you put your money into cash investments (including savings accounts and term deposits), the returns will often be lower in comparison to other investment products. However, these types of investment options typically provide stable, low-risk income in the form of a regular …

Weekly Market Update 24 May 2019

Weekly Market Update 24 May 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets fell over past week amid escalating noise around the US/China trade war and increasing signs that it may be impacting business conditions. However, Australia’s “miracle” election set off a surge in the Australian share market with investors pricing out the risk of a Labor Government which resulted in a surge in bank, retail and property shares more than …

Weekly Market Update 17 May 2019

Weekly Market Update 17 May 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets fell earlier in the past week as the trade war continued to escalate, before rebounding helped by better economic and earnings news and hopes of a trade deal. This left share markets mixed with US and Chinese shares down slightly, but Eurozone, Japanese and Australian shares up. Australian shares saw strong gains in resources stocks helped by rising iron …

Things to avoid as a newbie investor

Things to avoid as a newbie investor Whatever your age, if you’re thinking of dabbling in investments like shares, managed funds or cryptocurrencies, here’s a list of common mistakes which are generally worth steering clear of. 1. Failing to plan When looking to invest, it’s generally wise to think about: your current position and how much you can realistically afford to invest (consider what other financial priorities you have or existing debts you may be …

Weekly Market Update 12 April 2019

Weekly Market Update 12 April 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets fell slightly over the last week on global growth concerns and renewed US/Europe trade war fears. Australian shares rose though playing catch up to the previous weeks rally in global shares with energy, tech and real estate stocks being the main drivers. Bond yields were flat in the US but fell elsewhere. Oil and iron ore prices continued …

Weekly Market Update 05 April 2019

Weekly Market Update 05 April 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets pushed higher over the last week helped by more “green shoots” pointing to improving global growth this year, including Chinese business conditions PMIs & the US ISM index and a stabilisation in Eurozone composite PMIs, and more indications that the US and China are getting closer to a deal on trade (albeit with issues around enforcement and the …

Weekly Market Update 22 February 2019

Weekly Market Update 22 February 2019 Investment markets and key developments over the past week While US shares were little changed over the last week other major markets saw solid gains helped by good news on trade. This included Australian shares which got a further lift from reasonable earnings results, more talk of rate cuts and upgrades to earnings growth expectations for resources stocks on the back of higher commodity prices. Bond yields were flat to …

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 …