Another five great charts on investing that are very useful in times of uncertainty like the present | AMP Capital

Another five great charts on investing that are very useful in times of uncertainty like the present   Key points Successful investing can be really difficult in times of uncertainty like now making it important to stay Here are another five great charts to help illuminate those basic principles: the importance of time in the market versus timing; the case to look less at your investments; the relationship between risk and return; the value of …

Why Australian interest rates are likely to rise and when

Why Australian interest rates are likely to rise and when Senior economist Diana Mousina answers our questions on potential interest rate changes and what it could mean for Aussie households. Why have interest rates been so low for so long? The main reason interest rates have been kept so low is the Reserve Bank of Australia undershooting on its inflation target of 2-3%. We haven’t seen underlying or core inflation within that band sustainably since …

Should you merge your finances with your partner? | Money & Life

Should you merge your finances with your partner? If you’re in a relationship, it can be tricky to work out when to start sharing income and expenses. Here are a few ways to successfully merge money as a couple. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our daily lives, and romance is no exception. While lengthy separations have led some relationships to end, other couples are choosing to move in together more quickly than …

Four key risks to consider for a comfortable retirement | AMP Capital

Four key risks to consider for a comfortable retirement Sometimes saving for retirement is the easy part, it’s how to manage risks when one approaches or enters retirement that can be tricky. There are four key risks in retirement – sequencing of returns, lower-than-expected returns, longevity risk and knowing how much a retiree can spend without falling short. There are other critical issues such as living arrangements and the rising cost of healthcare, but the …

What is capital gains tax?

What is capital gains tax and when might I have to pay it? Capital gains tax may be payable when you sell a certain asset (such as shares, land or property) and make a profit. Capital gains tax is charged on the profit you make from the sale of certain assets. These could be assets that you’ve purchased or inherited. To give you a few examples, capital gains tax might apply to things such as …

Four ways to save more for a rainy day | Money & Life

Four ways to save more for a rainy day Having access to savings can be vital when an emergency strikes. But making the most of your savings by earning interest can also help you get ahead financially. Discover ways to help your savings grow without leaving yourself stuck for extra cash. Last year our FPA Money & Life Tracker: Covid edition survey asked over 2,000 Australians how the pandemic has made a difference to their finances and …

Why women need a unique focus on their finances

Why women need a unique focus on their finances For many reasons, women face additional hurdles when it comes to achieving financial freedom. So it’s important to take control of your finances now, and be proactive when it comes to planning your financial future. Ladies, it’s time for a reality check. The unfortunate truth is that women experience low-income and poverty at a much higher rate than men. In fact, up to 40 per cent …

Show your finances some self-love

Show your finances some self-love Are you guilty of changing your spending habits when you’re in a relationship? Do you have a financial plan, or are you relying on a partner to take care of you in retirement? Whatever your situation, there’s never been a better time to step up and take charge of your finances. Your relationship status can have a big impact on your finances. From spending and managing your money, to the …

What’s the difference between a financial planner and an accountant? | Money & Life

  What’s the difference between a financial planner and an accountant? When it comes to getting professional advice on money matters, should you be looking for an accountant or financial planner? Find out how they’re different and what services each one offers to help you manage your finances. When you’re looking for help on anything to do with money, finding the right person to turn to for advice can be a challenge. According to a …

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 …