Shares have had a very strong rebound since March last year so where are we in the investment cycle? | AMP Capital

Shares have had a very strong rebound since March last year so where are we in the investment cycle?   Key points The history of cyclical bull markets in shares suggests that the rebound since last March still has a way to go. But it’s normal for the second 12 months of a cyclical bull market to see slower returns from shares. While shares are vulnerable to a further correction triggered by the spike in …

What does it really cost to raise kids? | Money & Life

What does it really cost to raise kids? We often hear that raising kids is expensive, but just how much will it cost you over the first five, 10 or 20 years? Here’s a closer look at the costs of each stage of life. If you’re thinking about having kids, or have already taken the plunge, you might be wondering how much you’ll need to budget for their welfare. There are a few different answers …

Bitcoin – it’s not a currency, it’s not a capital asset… so what is it?

Bitcoin – it’s not a currency, it’s not a capital asset… so what is it? Key points Digital currencies and blockchain technology may have a lot to offer – but that does not mean Bitcoin will be it. Due to extreme volatility, high transaction costs and slow processing, Bitcoin does not cut it as digital cash. But it’s not an asset generating cashflows either, which makes it impossible to value. Key for investors is not …

Nine common mistakes investors make

Nine common mistakes investors make Key points Many of the mistakes investors make are based on common sense rules of thumb that turn out to be wrong. As a result, it’s often wise for investors to turn common sense logic on its head. The easiest way to avoid many of these mistakes is to have a long-term investment plan that aligns your financial goals with your risk tolerance. Introduction In the confusing and often seemingly …

AMP backs campaign for digital awareness this Safer Internet Day

AMP backs campaign for digital awareness this Safer Internet Day Research shows that almost 70 per cent of adults have experienced a negative interaction online. This can include repeated unwanted messages or contact, hate speech, abuse and threats, viruses and scams. February 9, 2021 is Safer Internet Day and AMP is backing the eSafety Commissioner’s call for all of us to ‘Start the Chat’ around the best ways to stay safe on the web. Original …

How to have a happier new year

How to have a happier new year What’s the key to lasting happiness? If you think that having more money, a better job or more stuff will make you happier, you’d be wrong, according to science. Take a look at the latest research and follow our tips to change your spending habits and boost your happiness in 2021. After living through a year when our collective mental health took a beating, the new year has brought …

What a COVID vaccine means for stocks

What a COVID-19 vaccine means for stocks AMP Capital’s Australian Equities Portfolio Manager, Dermot Ryan, shares why a vaccine could be great news for stocks in 2021. In a massive healthcare breakthrough in the race to save and protect lives from COVID-19, Pfizer and Moderna have both announced some highly promising vaccine trial results. All going to plan, this should save lives and, in time, help us return to some form of normality. While it’s …

Still The Lucky Country – five reasons why Australian shares are likely to outperform in the year ahead

Still The Lucky Country – five reasons why Australian shares are likely to outperform in the year ahead Key points Australia continues to perform better in “controlling” coronavirus, it has a stronger economic support policy response, its major trading partners in Asia are in better shape, the drag from the mining bust is over and it should benefit from a cyclical global recovery in 2021. This is likely to result in a stronger recovery for …

Four signs Aussie equity markets look set for a strong finish to 2020

Four signs Aussie equity markets look set for a strong finish to 2020   The government has signalled that business will be a driving force behind Australia’s recovery efforts, and we think this will be good news for domestic shares as we charge towards 2021. This year has been wild for share markets globally, but the world is learning how to cope with COVID-19 and business is learning how to manage through. Though nothing is …