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How much do I need to start investing?

By Dee Chan, Financial Advisor Far from being the realm of the rich, building an investment portfolio is something that most people can do. It can start as a simple savings plan – a few dollars in the bank – before expanding into a diversified portfolio containing a range of asset classes. Getting started may […]

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All assets are not the same

By Jarryd Thraves, Financial Advisor Do you sometimes wonder what effect the latest billion dollar share market “correction”, property “boom” or “bust” is having on your investments? Understanding the differences between the various investment assets will help you enjoy peace of mind. A diversified portfolio can be a good way to manage investment risk. Asset […]

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The nine most important lessons about investing

Dr Shane Oliver – Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital Key points My nine most important lessons from investing over the past 35 years are that: there is always a cycle; the crowd gets it wrong at extremes; what you pay for an investment matters a lot; getting markets right is not […]

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2019 Australian Federal election and investors

Sunset image of parliament house in Canberra.

The Federal Election Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital, shares his perspective on the upcoming Australian Federal Election. Some might be forgiven for thinking the wheels have fallen off Australian politics over the past decade with the same number of PM changes as Italy, a fractured Senate and “minority […]

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2019 Financial Snapshot

2019 – a list of lists regarding the macro investment outlook By Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital Introduction 2017 was a great year for well diversified investors – returns were solid (balanced super funds returned around 10%) and volatility was low. So optimism was high going into 2018 […]

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Financial Snapshot: should investors be worried?

Rising US interest rates, trade wars, the US midterm election results, etc – should investors be worried? October was a bad month for shares with global shares losing 6.8% in local currency terms and Australian shares losing 6.1%. It’s possible that following top to bottom falls of 9% for global shares, 11% for Australian shares, […]

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the pullback in shares – seven things investors need to keep in mind

Introduction Every so often shares go through rough patches. We saw this most recently around February on the back of US inflation and interest rate concerns and the start of US tariffs which saw US shares and global shares fall roughly 10% and Australian shares fall 6%. Shares mostly recovered – even getting through the […]

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Tariffs, Trump, North Korea and other global political risks in the Year of the Dog

Geopolitical events like Brexit and Donald Trump’s election in the US “surprised” investors in 2016 but had no lasting negative impact on global financial markets. By last year investors were well focussed on geopolitical risks – Trump taking over as US President, Eurozone elections, the Communist Party Congress in China and rising risks around North […]

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Where does the money go when the share market “corrects”?

By David Baruffi, Financial Advisor During a share market correction or downturn the media will report that a certain market has ‘lost’ billions of dollars. But what happens to all that money and where does it go? Is it really lost? The answer is that it is purely a book figure – a ‘paper loss’. […]

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Correction time for shares?

Financial Snapshot The following financial snapshot looks at the pullback seen in US shares and the implications going forward. The key points are as follows: The US share market is long overdue a decent correction. This now appears to be unfolding as higher inflation, a slightly more aggressive Fed and higher bond yields are factored […]

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