22
Aug

Australian Equities: The questions you should be asking

Australian equity investors trying to navigate the choppy waters that lie ahead should ignore the day-to-day ‘noise’ of the markets and instead focus on seven key questions.

22
Aug

Investing in the future of fintech

Emerging technologies and innovations such as crypto currencies, voice-activated banking and the application of artificial intelligence to financial services are likely to transform banking in the future.

22
Aug

Why the $A is likely to fall further and shorting it is good protection against things going wrong globally

This note looks at outlook for the $A and why it makes sense for Australian-based investors to hold a decent exposure to foreign exchange.

07
Aug

Is it better to buy an investment property or home first?

There's a lot to consider when buying an investment property or home, especially for the first time.

07
Aug

The US economy - does the flattening yield curve indicate recession is imminent?

Ever since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) there has been an obsession with looking for the next recession. In this regard, over the last year or so there has been increasing concern that a ...

07
Aug

The growth of savings outside of super

Are you among the investors holding a growing proportion of your investments outside super?

07
Aug

The power of financial role models

Role models are important in many stages of life. Be it school years, on the sporting field or in your career, having a positive role model, someone to compare yourself to and measure your progress against, can be a powerful and positive influence.

07
Aug

How high debt disrupts investment success

Cooling house prices – particularly in Sydney and Melbourne – may prompt astute existing and would-be homeowners to take a closer look at their household debt and its long-term impact on their personal finances.

07
Aug

Lender's mortgage insurance explained

Find out what lender's mortgage insurance is and how it could affect your home loan and what you pay back.

07
Aug

Trumponomics and investment markets

Since Donald Trump was elected President back on November 8, 2016 we have focussed on whether we will see Trump the rabble-rousing populist or Trump the business-friendly pragmatist. Despite lots of noise – particularly via Trump’s frequent tweets – for the most part Trump the pragmatist has dominated so far. But we have clearly seen a swing to Trump the populist this year – raising risks for investors.

07
Aug

7 money personalities you may identify with or want to avoid

Are you the friend that shouts more than what you can afford, or the one that’s happy with a handout because no one knows struggle street like you do?

20
Jul

Why real estate can deliver solid returns through different cycles

Commercial real estate is an important consideration for investors wanting to diversify beyond asset classes such as term deposits and bonds. The good news is, in the current market, real estate is still fairly priced.

20
Jul

EOFY super returns: How have markets faired?

The last financial year has been a strong period for super fund portfolios. Equity markets posted solid gains in Australia and offshore, up 13.7% and 15.4% respectively. Returns were also positive across other asset classes.

06
Jul

Australia's SMSF Army

Australia's army of Chief Investment Officers is marching into retirement.

06
Jul

Staring At A Screen All Day? Here Are 3 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Eyes

Our eyes are pretty amazing organs. We get to witness the outside world with them. Every day they are exposed to constant stimulation yet continue to work efficiently, for most of us.

06
Jul

Winter savings tips

If you're looking for ways to reduce how much water, electricity or gas your household uses, you might be surprised at the difference just a few small changes can make.

06
Jul

Should the RBA raise rates to prepare households for higher global rates?

It’s nearly two years since the Reserve Bank of Australia last changed interest rates – when it cut rates to a record low of 1.5% in August 2016. That’s a record period of inaction – or boredom for those who like to see action on rates whether it’s up or down. Of course, there are lots of views out that the RBA should ...

06
Jul

2017-18 saw strong returns for diversified investors - but there's a few storm clouds around

After reviewing the returns of the last financial year, this note looks at the investment outlook for 2018-19 financial year.

27
Jun

Environmental and financial cost of fast fashion

 

Avoid becoming a fashion victim by understanding the real cost of fast fashion.

22
Jun

An update on Australian property prices

Despite national house prices falling in May, largely driven by falling markets in Sydney and Melbourne, Dr Shane Oliver says talk of a property market crash is overdone.