March 2019
Millennial socialism” and the swing of the political pendulum back to the left – what it means for investors

When I was in my early 20s I thought socialism might be the way to go. Two things happened. One I studied economics which led me to the conclusion that socialism/heavy state intervention doesn’t lead to the best outcome in terms of living standards for most. Second, I had the benefit of a trip to the USSR before it and the eastern bloc disintegrated. It

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Mar
2019
Australia slides into a "per capita recession"

Much has been made of Australia’s nearly 28 years without a recession. Despite many seeing recession as inevitable in response to the 1997 Asian crisis, the 2000-2003 tech wreck, the GFC and the “end” of the mining boom Australia has seemingly sailed on through each of these regardless. This has been thanks to a combination of economic reforms in the 1980s and 90s, the floating

07

Mar
2019
Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, March, 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy grew above trend in 2018, although it slowed in the second half of the year. The slower pace of growth has continued into 2019. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, although downside risks have increased. The trade tensions remain a source of uncertainty. In China,

06

Mar
2019
February 2019
Why I still love dividends and you should love them too

Prior to the 1960s most share investors were long-term investors who bought stocks for their dividend income. Investors then started to focus more on capital growth as bond yields rose relative to dividend yields on the back of rising inflation. However, thanks to an increased focus on investment income as baby boomers retire, interest in dividends has returned. This is a good thing because dividends

28

Feb
2019
What financial records you need to keep and how to organise them

A quick guide to organising your financial paperwork With Marie Kondo’s books and TV shows riding high in the charts, it feels as though everyone’s talking about the joys of decluttering and tidying up. But when you’re drowning in a sea of old bank statements, utility bills and receipts, it can be difficult to know where to make a start. The good news is that

25

Feb
2019
Buy now pay later services

Buy now pay later services

at Latest Articles - by Navigate Financial

What you need to know about buy now pay later services Buy now pay later payment services allow you to delay payment or pay by instalments (often fortnightly) over a period of time. Here we explain how these payment services work, what fees you'll pay and how to avoid getting into financial trouble if you're using these services. What is buy now pay later? Buy

22

Feb
2019
Top 10 ESG issues for 2019

Top 10 ESG issues for 2019

at Market Updates - by Navigate Financial

Investors around the world take environment, social and governance (ESG) issues into account when deciding where to invest, how to invest and how to measure returns.The ESG issues most likely to come under the microscope this year include some old favourites and a few new ones. 1. Climate change Three years after the Paris Agreement promised to cap global temperature rises to below two degrees

22

Feb
2019
Earnings season and the Australian economy in focus

Right now, investors are focused on corporate profits. Australian companies are forecast to show earnings growth of between four and five per cent this results season, which is a modest result compared to recent years. This decline is in large part due to the deteriorating performance of the resources sector compared to recent results seasons. But many indicators suggest that broader economic conditions are also

22

Feb
2019
The 4 drivers of infrastructure investment

Since the 1970s governments have spent relatively less on vital infrastructure. With the aftermath of the global financial crisis constraining government finances, that underinvestment has continued. The private sector is stepping up to meet a surge in demand for new infrastructure – across water, energy, transport and communications — and that is creating opportunities for investors in global listed infrastructure. Infrastructure is vital to economic growth.

22

Feb
2019
Two key reasons US interest rates look set for a pause

You might remember that late last year markets fell sharply because investors were worried the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, wasn’t ‘dovish’ enough. Investors fretted that the Fed would keep raising rates through 2019 in the face of financial market volatility and signs of slowing global growth. The sell-off was exacerbated by the US Government shutdown, instability surrounding Donald Trump, and ongoing fears over

22

Feb
2019

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