5 ways to help prepare your finances for a recession

5 ways to help prepare your finances for a recession If you think storms may lie ahead, it makes sense to prepare your craft for choppy waters. With Australia facing continued economic uncertainty, it may be time to take stock of your finances and get in the right shape. First the good news. The Australian economy fared better in the first quarter of 2020 than many other countries¹. To the end of March, the economy …

Five asset classes we’re watching in the COVID-19 recovery | AMP Capital

Five asset classes we’re watching in the COVID-19 recovery At a time when most investors are seeking out defensive positioning, savvy managers should have an eye to the opportunities provided by the unfolding pandemic. These may be asset classes that are already undervalued at the present moment, but also include those which stand to benefit from an eventual recovery to an extent not currently priced in by the market. The latter might not necessarily represent …

Making the most of tax savings before 30 June | Money & Life

Making the most of tax savings before 30 June The COVID-19 crisis is turning out to be a tough time for many households. Maximising tax effectiveness is one strategy for being smart with your finances. With the financial impact of COVID-19 being felt by many individuals and families, perhaps you’re looking to lodge your next tax return quickly to benefit from a refund. Before the end of the financial year arrives on 30 June, it’s …

Essential checklist for the end of financial year

Essential checklist for the end of financial year The end of financial year on 30 June is a good time to take stock and get your finances in order. This is an end of financial year like no other. Being prepared, reviewing your super contributions and submitting your return on time are good policies every year, but the shadow of COVID-19 (coronavirus) means many of us face unexpected pressures in a changing economic environment. Many …

After the Bell: daily market update, May 21 | AMP Capital

ECONOMICS & MARKETS After the Bell: daily market update, May 21 21 May, 2020 Markets finished lower today for the first time this week, as geo-political tensions continue to flare on the global stage. Senior economist Diana Mousina offers her insights, and discusses how infections data is tracking in the US. Important information While every care has been taken in the preparation of this video, AMP Capital Investors Limited (ABN 59 001 777 591, AFSL …

Five charts on investing to keep in mind in rough times like these | AMP Capital

Key points Successful investing can be really difficult in times like the present with immense uncertainty around the impact of coronavirus on the outlook. This makes it all the more important to stay focussed on the basic principles of successful investing. These five charts focus on critical aspects of investing that are insightful in times of market stress: the power of compound interest; don’t get blown off by cyclical swings; the roller coaster of investor …

Which industries will Coronavirus hit hardest? | AMP Capital

We’ll have to wait some time for the full effects of the COVID-19 outbreak to show up in economic indicators, but the anecdotal evidence from local business is giving us a clear indication of the industries which will be worst affected. Reflecting the fact that the greatest impacts at this stage appear to be the result of containment efforts, rather than the virus itself, the two sectors most exposed to movements of people across our …

5 saving graces of giftmas

5 saving graces of giftmas Gift giving is one of life’s joys, until the credit card bill comes through. Here are five ways to maximise the love without blowing your budget.  According to a recent Financial Planning Association of Australia reporti, 85% of us find more joy in giving gifts to others than in getting them ourselves. Though we love the sound of ripping wrapping paper, almost three quarters of us don’t budget for gifts. …

Being a smart Santa with your gift budget

Being a smart Santa with your gift budget When you’re under pressure to give that perfect present at Christmas it can be much harder to stick to a budget. Find ways to make your gift budget go further with our top tips for giving generously without going overboard on spending. When giving gets expensive According to comparison website finder.com, the average Aussie is planning to spend $464 on Christmas gifts in the lead up to …

What two investing insights would you give your 20-year-old self?

What two investing insights would you give your 20-year-old self?   Hamish Douglass, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Magellan Asset Management My central advice would be that successful investing is about finding and then owning for the long-term companies that can generate excess returns for years to come. It’s not about looking for stocks that might come into short-term favour on stock markets. The worthwhile companies to own for the long term will …