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 …

Market Update 30 April | AMP Capital

Market Update 30 April   Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets were mixed over the last week with US shares rising to new record highs helped by good economic data, strong earnings and more stimulus and Chinese shares rising but European and Japanese shares fell. Australian shares also fell back slightly as the local market continues to work off technically overbought conditions after its early April surge. Weakness in retailers, …

Market Update 20 November 2020

Market Update 20 November 2020   Investment markets and key developments over the past week While the US S&P 500 fell slightly over the last week on the back of rising new coronavirus cases and tightening restrictions in the US, other major global share markets rose helped by good vaccine news. Australian shares continued to recover with hopes that quick action will limit a covid outbreak in South Australia and as economic data continued to surprise …

Covid-19: Is now the right time to downsize my property? | Q&AMP

As a result of COVID-19 and the rising unemployment rate, many Australians have questions about their retirement and savings, especially whether it’s a good idea to downsize your home right now. AMP Capital senior economist Diana Mousina and financial adviser John Dani discuss downsizing your home in the current state of the residential property market. Watch for an outlook on Australian property prices, the main reasons for selling your home and downsizing, and the key …

Worker exploitation: an epidemic within a pandemic | AMP Capital

Worker exploitation: an epidemic within a pandemic In the wake of the global economic shutdown, unemployment figures are capturing the attention of most analysists. But the headline figures mask a stark reality – for some who remain in the ranks of the employed, the global pandemic is ushering in a new period of hardship at work. As our head of sustainable investing, Emily Woodland, touched on in a piece last month1, around the world, COVID-19 …

After the Bell: daily market update, May 19 | AMP Capital

ECONOMICS & MARKETS After the Bell: daily market update, May 19 19 May, 2020 Markets have had one of their best days of the month, hopes of a vaccine are rising and the pace of job declines in Australia is slowing. Senior economist Diana Mousina shares her insight for the day that was. Important information While every care has been taken in the preparation of this video, AMP Capital Investors Limited (ABN 59 001 777 …

Rising US interest rates, trade wars, the US midterm election results

Rising US interest rates, trade wars, the US midterm election results – should investors be worried? Key points It’s still too early to be sure that last month’s pullback in shares is over but we remain of the view that it was not the start of a deep bear market and that the trend in shares remains up   Worries around US interest rates, trade wars, European politics etc are unlikely to be terminal.   …

What happened to all the worries about rising inflation & bond yields?

What happened to all the worries about rising inflation & bond yields? :- Goldilocks, tariffs, Turkey & other things Key points The fear of rising inflation and bond yields that dominated investor thinking earlier this year has faded thanks to a combination of: ongoing relatively benign inflation in the US; Fed hikes remaining gradual; strong earnings growth helping distract share market investors; trade war fears; geopolitical worries around Italy and now Turkey; and finally, slower …

Trade war risks are escalating – but a negotiated solution remains most likely

Trade war risks are escalating – but a negotiated solution remains most likely Key Points US actions in recent weeks have increased the risk of a full-blown trade war – primarily between the US and China – with a more significant economic impact. So far the bulk of the tariffs are just proposed so there is still room for a negotiated solution (which remains our base case with a 55% probability). But there is now …

Put your backyard to work

Put your backyard to work Across Australia, the granny flat is currently experiencing somewhat of a construction boom. And it’s not hard to see why. Rising property prices, coupled with an ageing population, have resulted in an increased demand for multi-generational and multi-dwelling living. These popular and relatively affordable buildings offer considerable lifestyle benefits for homeowners. At an average cost of $100,000i, they can be used as a home office, a teenage retreat or even …