Category Archives: Market Updates


Investing in the future of fintech

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Aug 2018

Investing in the future of fintech

The potential for financial technology (fintech) and bank collaboration is endless. 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. This was a key message from Henri Arslanian, founder of the fintech Moven, who addressed AMP’s recent Amplify event. There is enormous work being done within banks…

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Australian equities: The questions you should be asking

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Aug 2018

Australian equities: The questions you should be asking

Investor uncertainty and market volatility appear to be increasing as the economy continues to strengthen, leading to higher bond yields and eventual interest rate rises. 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. The answers to these will help investors better understand the approaching dangers and…

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The future of transport brings new infrastructure opportunities

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Aug 2018

The future of transport brings new infrastructure opportunities

At AMP’s recent Amplify event, Mark Moore, Uber’s engineering director of aviation and Nick Earle from Hyperloop One, spoke about how innovation is likely to change the face of public transport. Emerging public transport systems are poised to free up road and rail systems, leading to less congestion and better use of infrastructure. As an example, Uber’s vision for the future of commuting involves a…

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, August 2018

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Aug 2018

Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, August 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economic expansion is continuing. A number of advanced economies are growing at an above-trend rate and unemployment rates are low. Growth in China has slowed a little, with the authorities easing policy while continuing to pay close attention to the risks in the financial sector. Globally, inflation remains…

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EOFY super returns: How have markets faired?

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Jul 2018

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 both in Australia and offshore, up 13.7% and 15.4% respectively. Returns were also positive across other asset classes such as direct property and infrastructure, and bond returns, although modest, were much stronger than the previous year. Overall, global growth conditions helped to drive earnings and although the…

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Why real estate can deliver solid returns through different cycles

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Jul 2018

Why real estate can deliver solid returns through different cycles

Commercial real estate is a unique asset class that acts and performs differently from other investment classes. It is generally characterised by relatively low total-return volatility and high-income stability. As part of a multi-asset portfolio, commercial real estate can provide several benefits, such as an attractive risk-return profile and low correlation with other asset classes (diversification) whilst also providing long-term inflation protection. While once regarded…

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How active ETFs work

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Jul 2018

How active ETFs work

Active ETFs are proactively managed and aim to outperform their benchmark or objective.  But they share many attributes with ETFs which are passively managed and aim to track a particular benchmark: Buying and selling via a live market price on the ASX using a full service or online broker Can be managed and reported in one place – alongside all other broker portfolio holdings Open-ended:…

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Should we worry about emerging markets?

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Jul 2018

Should we worry about emerging markets?

Key Points Emerging market equities have performed poorly since the beginning of the year. More recently, trade tensions between the US and China, a rising US dollar and issues in individual emerging market economies have hit emerging markets. The last emerging market downturn was in 2015 on the back of Chinese growth concerns, a devaluation in the Chinese Yuan and Fed interest rate hike fears….

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, July 2018

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Jul 2018

Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, July 2018

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economic expansion is continuing. A number of advanced economies are growing at an above-trend rate and unemployment rates are low. The Chinese economy continues to grow solidly, with the authorities paying increased attention to the risks in the financial sector and the sustainability of growth. Globally, inflation remains…

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The next rate move may be down

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Jun 2018

The next rate move may be down

The next interest rate change may be down rather than up, as the Reserve Bank of Australia grapples with falling property prices and low inflation according to AMP Capital Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, Shane Oliver. Oliver’s view on the where the RBA may go with rates is in sharp contrast to the US where the Federal Reserve has been raising rates since…

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