Econosights: The economics of COVID-19 lockdowns | AMP Capital

Econosights: The economics of COVID-19 lockdowns   Key points Rising COVID-19 cases around the world is leading to questions about the need for another round of government lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus. Lockdowns lead to closed businesses, lower household spending and higher unemployment. But a lot of these outcomes would still occur without a lockdown as households self-regulate their behaviour. Sweden is evidence of this. It has pursued a herd immunity strategy, …

Australian dollar rallies but Coronavirus and economy will dictate its direction | AMP Capital

Australian dollar rallies but Coronavirus and economy will dictate its direction The rise of the Australian dollar has been a notable feature of fast-changing markets over the past few months. Since the currency hit a low of US55 cents in March, the peak of the coronavirus crisis, it has rallied more than 20 per cent. It is no coincidence the Aussie dollar’s low in March correlated with the weakest point for share markets and its …

After the Bell: daily market update, May 5 | AMP Capital

ECONOMICS & MARKETS After the Bell: daily market update, May 5 05 May, 2020 Markets gained 1.6% today, backing up yesterday’s rise. The RBA also met today, firming up its plans for getting Australia into gear for COVID-19 recovery. Senior economist, Diana Mousina, talks through market wins and the RBA’s statement in more detail. Important information While every care has been taken in the preparation of this video, AMP Capital Investors Limited (ABN 59 001 …

An update on the US rate rise

An update on the US rate rise   Although we’ve seen declines on Wall Street this week, there’s still strong growth in the US market. The most recent rate hike in the US may have investors concerned that the Fed could threaten markets with even more aggressive hikes. But I don’t think that is likely; I expect the Fed will continue raising interest rates at a gradual pace. The latest 25 basis point rise takes …

Where the money is: Jobs on the rise towards 2020

Where the money is: Jobs on the rise towards 2020 A new year can get you thinking about all sorts of lifestyle changes, including career direction. We look at the 5 industries expected to experience growth and offer the best in job opportunities in the next two years. Money isn’t the only reason we choose to work in the jobs we have. You might be following a personal passion or making the most of natural …

The rise of the gig economy and side gigs (thanks to technology)

The rise of the gig economy and side gigs (thanks to technology) Chances are you either have a side gig (a way to make money on the side of your usual job), want to have one, or you benefit from someone else’s.  While the gig economy has been bubbling away in the background for a while now, it continues to be on the rise, and people are finding new ways to make a bit of …

What the rise of the $A means for global investors

What the rise of the $A means for global investors The recent rise of the Australian dollar has been surprising but not confounding for experts who believe the its natural level is closer to US70 cents. Indeed, it’s the weakness of the US dollar that’s pushed the Australian dollar higher relative to the benchmark currency in recent weeks even though US economic growth and a resurgent commodities segment had most market watchers expecting the Australian …

What if interest rates rise faster than expected?

What if interest rates rise faster than expected? The US Federal Reserve may raise interest rates twice as often as the market expects in 2018, according to AMP Capital Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist Shane Oliver. “This year we think the Fed is going to raise rates more than the market is allowing for,” says Oliver. “Market expectations are factoring about two and a half hikes and we actually think they will do …

All aboard – The popularity of cruising continues to rise

  All aboard – The popularity of cruising continues to rise Pulling into the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour has to be one of the highlights of any cruise, and it seems Australians agree – according to industry experts it’s predicted that one million Australians1 will hit the high seas next year. The growth in the Australian cruise industry shows no sign of slowing down – rising by an average of 20 per cent each …