How to save for retirement at every age

How to save for retirement at every age No matter how old you are or where you’re at with your financial goals, it’s important to plan for your retirement. The average Australian now lives to 82.8 years, making retirement a life stage that can continue for two decades or longer. So while this milestone may seem like a lifetime away now, it’s never too early or late to start planning for retirement. Our decade-by-decade guide …

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 …

The benefits of contactless payments

The growth of contactless payments COVID-19 has accelerated our move towards a cashless society. If you can’t tell your Apple Pay from your AirPlay, now’s a good time to consider the benefits of contactless payments. It’s a very 2020 story. Your new homemade breadmaking skills are as uneven as the lump you lifted from your oven, so you pop down to the bakers for their tasty sourdough rolls. But as you make it to the …

Mixed outlook for Australian housing amid prolonged pandemic

  Mixed outlook for Australian housing amid prolonged pandemic   A relatively high rate of unemployment across the nation, coupled with a freeze on immigration, and consequently population growth, might ordinarily spell bad news for the housing market. Instead, Australian capital city average dwelling prices rose 0.2% in October, according to CoreLogic, the first monthly gain since April and hot on the heels of a cumulative contraction of almost 3% between April and September. Prices …

Financial wellness in 2020 – how does yours compare?

Financial wellness in 2020 – how does yours compare? Financial wellness is how you feel about your money. It can affect your overall wellbeing and other areas of your life, such as work and family. So, while money isn’t the be-all and end-all, how you feel about it is pretty important. Since 2014, AMP has been commissioning research1 into the financial wellbeing of Australians and has developed the Financial Wellness Index. It measures a person’s satisfaction …

Five investment markets impacted by a big week in Australia

Five investment markets impacted by a big week in Australia It’s been a big week in Australia, with the central bank meeting and the government handing down one of the most significant Budgets in our history. For a detailed analysis of our thoughts on the Federal Budget, you can read a note from Shane Oliver and I. Here, we take a look at the outlook for some asset classes after a busy few days. 1. Cash and …

Market Update 14 August 2020 | AMP Capital

  Market Update 14 August 2020 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Major global share markets, with the exception of Chinese shares, rose over the last week as US new coronavirus cases trended down and on optimism regarding a vaccine and the economic outlook, with the US share market briefly surpassing its February closing high. The positive global lead along with a fall in new Victorian cases saw Australian shares rise to the …

Mortgage relief to be extended for struggling Aussies | Money & Life

Mortgage relief to be extended for struggling Aussies There may be some welcome news for distressed Aussie homeowners, with banks extending their offer of mortgage relief to those in need. Find out more about the offer and pay off your home loan sooner. Mortgage holders who are still struggling financially due to the impact of COVID-19 will be eligible for a further four-month extension to repay their home loans. The Australian Banking Association says lenders will work with …

Why you need more than one budget | Money & Life

Why you need more than one budget Coming up with even a basic budget is a big achievement for most of us. But having more than one budget can actually help you get to your goals sooner. Find out why. Sticking to a budget can be a tough business. Even with a step-by-step budgeting guide to follow, having the discipline to stay on target with goals for spending and saving is a challenge. Even the task of …

Market Update 31 July 2020 | AMP Capital

Market Update 31 July 2020 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets were mixed over the last week with Chinese shares up solidly and US shares rising slightly on the back of good earnings results, particularly for tech stocks, but Eurozone, Japanese and Australian shares fell on uncertainty regarding the economic outlook. Australian shares were dragged lower by sharp falls in energy, financial, health, property and utility stocks. Bond yields generally fell …