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 …

Why rates aren’t going up in Australia Here’s 4 reasons why:

Why rates aren’t going up in Australia Here’s 4 reasons why: It wasn’t so long ago that everyone was wondering when rates were going to rise. Now it’s looking like we will be waiting for a while before the Reserve Bank of Australia puts up official rates. We don’t expect the RBA to raise rates until 2020. How is this so, you may ask, given inflationary fears are playing some havoc with stock markets, particularly …

Five good reasons for seeking financial advice

Five good reasons for seeking financial advice Financial advice isn’t just for people with wealth. Whether you’ve set your sights on owning a home or retiring early, advice from a financial planner can help you make it happen. Buying a home Managing your budget and cash flow to save for a deposit are key to getting you into your first home. A financial planner can help you simplify and prioritise your finances and manage existing …

Putting the global “debt bomb” in perspective – seven reasons to be alert but not alarmed

Putting the global “debt bomb” in perspective – seven reasons to be alert but not alarmed Key Points Global debt levels have reached new records. Countries with very high gross debt to GDP include Japan, Belgium, Canada, Portugal and Greece. The main areas of rising debt since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) have been public debt in developed countries (with more to come in the US) and private debt in emerging countries (and of course …

5 reasons to save for retirement

5 reasons to save for retirement Saving for retirement might not seem important, especially when there’s the super guarantee and aged pension to fall back on. But employer contributions and government benefits may not keep you as comfortable in later life as you’d like. Here are 5 reasons to make saving for your super a priority in the coming year.  Whether you’re near retirement or not, it’s important to get your head round what to …

The Australian economy – five reasons growth will continue but unlikely to be enough to justify rate

The Australian economy – five reasons growth will continue but unlikely to be enough to justify rate Key points The Australian economy grew 2.4% through 2017, good but well below potential given high population growth. There is good reason to expect growth to continue and pick up a bit: the drag from falling mining investment is nearly over, non-mining investment is turning up, public investment is strong, trade should add to growth and profits are …

The pullback in shares – seven reasons not to be too concerned

09 February 2018 The pullback in shares – seven reasons not to be too concerned Key points The current pullback in shares has been triggered by worries around US inflation, the Fed and rising bond yields but made worse by an unwinding of bets that volatility would continue to fall. We may have seen the worst, but it’s too early to say for sure. However, our view remains that it’s just another correction. Key things …

10 reasons your kids won’t listen to your money advice

10 reasons your kids won’t listen to your money advice …and how you can bring them around Every parent wants the best for their children but kids often won’t listen to the wisdom of your experience, especially when it comes to money. Don’t give up! Here are some of the common beliefs and misconceptions kids have about managing money—and how you could get them to take your advice. Money buys happiness This is one of …

4 Reasons Why Money Shouldn’t Be A Worry For You

4 Reasons Why Money Shouldn’t Be A Worry For You The importance of money in a person’s life is almost unparallel and there is no denying this aspect either. With such high integrity to a particular aspect, it is almost natural for people to make money earning and managing one of their top most priorities. The problem with this approach is that it leads to them facing issues and problems when money related issues don’t …

3 Reasons For Your Credit Card Application To Be Rejected

3 Reasons For Your Credit Card Application To Be Rejected When you go into a bank and want to apply for a credit card, the reason for your application can be very different to someone else. Some people might want it just for the first time to enter the world of credit, while others may simply want to widen their already present credit card range. Irrespective of why you apply, it is perhaps safe to …