2021-22 saw poor investment returns – the bad news and the good | AMP Capital

2021-22 saw poor investment returns – the bad news and the good Key points 2021-22 was a rough year for investors as high inflation, rising interest rates and recession fears impacted. Shares could still fall further as interest rates continue to rise and recession risks are high. However, inflation pressures are showing some signs of easing which may take pressure off central banks from later this year. Some key things for investors to keep bearing …

The falls in share markets this year – the bad news and the good | AMP Capital

The falls in share markets this year – the bad news and the good Key points Share markets remain under pressure from high inflation, rising interest rates and bond yields, the war in Ukraine and Chinese Covid lockdowns. It’s still too early to say markets have bottomed. However, it’s not all negative: we may have seen peak inflation in the US, share market earnings are still rising, Covid cases in China appear to be slowing …

Market Update 1 April 2022 | AMP Capital

Market Update 1 April 2022 Investment markets and key developments over the past week It was a mixed week for markets in terms of the economic data and news flow. US equities started the week strong, but are still down by 0.3% over the week (and ~6% below January highs), European shares had a good rebound up by 0.9% (but are still 11% below January levels), Japanese shares were 1.8% lower, Chinese shares continued to …

Coronavirus continues to cause havoc globally and in Australia – but here are five reasons for optimism | AMP Capital

Coronavirus continues to cause havoc globally and in Australia – but here are five reasons for optimism Key points The news on coronavirus has been bleak again lately – with rising cases globally & the ongoing NSW lockdown. However, there are five reasons for optimism: lockdowns still work against Delta (eg, in SA & Victoria); vaccines are working; once lockdowns end economic activity rebounds quickly; the threat posed by Delta will keep fiscal & monetary …

Five ways to turn down the noise and stay focused as an investor | AMP Capital

Five ways to turn down the noise and stay focused as an investor   Key points A surge in financial information and opinion along with our natural inclination to focus on bad news is arguably making us worse investors: more fearful & short term. Five ways to help manage the noise and stay focussed as investors are: put the latest worry list in context; recognise that shares return more than cash in the long term …

Big-spending Federal Budget set to spur on the recovery | AMP Capital

Big-spending Federal Budget set to spur on the recovery The 2021 Federal Budget harks back to the immediate post GFC budgets in some ways, with the Treasurer resisting any temptation to start early on the task of budget repair and doubling down on stimulus. The government has announced $96 billion of extra spending over the next four years, but the run of deficits will still be lower than was predicted last October, making this a …

Mortgage relief to be extended for struggling Aussies | Money & Life

Mortgage relief to be extended for struggling Aussies There may be some welcome news for distressed Aussie homeowners, with banks extending their offer of mortgage relief to those in need. Find out more about the offer and pay off your home loan sooner. Mortgage holders who are still struggling financially due to the impact of COVID-19 will be eligible for a further four-month extension to repay their home loans. The Australian Banking Association says lenders will work with …

Four reasons why share markets can continue to hold up as COVID-19 deepens | AMP Capital

  Four reasons why share markets can continue to hold up as COVID-19 deepens The news around the pandemic in past weeks has not been promising. New COVID-19 cases have shown early signs of stabilising over recent days, but it’s too soon to call a downtrend in new cases. The world’s largest economy remains under siege from COVID-19 as the virus begins to take hold in the Midwest and the Great Plains of the US. …

What’s on the cards for Australia now that we have a second wave? | AMP Capital

What’s on the cards for Australia now that we have a second wave? The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had its August board meeting on Tuesday 4th, and though there were no real surprises, I think we can expect more out of the central bank in the coming months. In its meeting, the RBA made mention of the situation unfolding in Victoria, which is sadly seeing COVID-19 infect more people in the state now than …

Markets craving guidance ahead of August reporting woes | AMP Capital

Markets craving guidance ahead of August reporting woes For many big corporates, the upcoming earnings season will be the first proper chance for the market to assess the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. How will markets respond and what could investors do to insulate themselves from the fallout? With the Robin Hood rally running out of steam, swap a sword for a shield For Australian equities, the beginning of the new financial year is likely …