August 2019
Plunging bond yields & weak share markets amidst talk of recession – what does it mean for investors?

Introduction Only last month share markets in the US and Australia were at record highs. But ever since President Trump ramped up the US-China trade war again at the start of August, financial markets have seen a significant increase in volatility. Share markets have had 6% or so falls from their highs to recent lows and bond yields have plunged to new record lows in

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Aug
2019
Escalating US-China trade war – triggering (another) correction in share markets

Introduction After a third round of talks made little progress last week, the US/China trade war has escalated badly with tit for tat moves on an almost daily basis by each side. This has seen share markets fall sharply with US, global and Australian shares down about 5-6% from recent highs and safe haven assets like bonds and gold benefiting on the back of worries

07

Aug
2019
Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, August 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.00 per cent. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable. However, the increased uncertainty generated by the trade and technology disputes is affecting investment and means that the risks to the global economy remain tilted to the downside. In most advanced economies, unemployment rates are low and wages growth has picked up,

06

Aug
2019
The Fed cuts rates

The Fed cuts rates

at Oliver Updates - by Navigate Financial

As widely anticipated, the US Federal Reserve has cut its key Fed Funds cash rate by 0.25% to a range of 2-2.25%. This is the Fed’s first rate cut since December 2008 and follows nine 0.25% rate hikes between December 2015 and December last year. The Fed also announced that quantitative tightening (ie the process of reversing its quantitative easing program by letting bonds on

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Aug
2019
July 2019
The valuable diversification benefits of international exposure

With protests in Hong Kong and an unresolved trade war between the United States and China, this may not seem like a wise time to invest abroad. Looking beyond current events however, a sound investment strategy starts with an asset allocation, aligned to an individual’s goals, that is built upon reasonable expectations for risk and returns over the long-term. Well diversified investments can help investors

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Jul
2019
Beyond super: Our other personal investments

Given the attention on the size of Australia’s super savings, it may surprise you that personal investors in total have almost as much outside super as inside super. The latest Personal Investments Market Projections report, recently published by consultants Rice Warner, calculates that the total value of super* and non-super personal investments was $5.5 trillion at June 2018. Non-super investments make up almost half or $2.7 trillion

31

Jul
2019
How to find the best business ideas

Some of the best business ideas are crazy. Others are plain boring. There aren’t any magic rules for finding the good ones. Your best shot at picking the right idea is to make sure it’s a good fit for your personality and your skills. About the idea Maybe you already have a lot of business ideas but you can’t pick one. Or perhaps you want

30

Jul
2019
Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, July 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 1.00 per cent. This follows a similar reduction at the Board's June meeting. This easing of monetary policy will support employment growth and provide greater confidence that inflation will be consistent with the medium-term target. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable. However, the uncertainty generated by the trade and

26

Jul
2019
The longest US economic expansion ever – does this mean recession is around the corner?

A common concern ever since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) ended a decade ago is that the next recession is imminent. This concern has become more pronounced recently as yield curves – ie the gap between long-term bond yields and short-term borrowing rates – have inverted (or gone negative) as in the US. This concern has taken on added currency now that the US economic

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Jul
2019
Prioritisation: The first key to productivity

By Flying Solo contributor Fiona Adler If you think of the truly impactful, amazing people you know, that are operating 10x above their peers, chances are they have an uncanny ability to prioritise. They might work hard, yet they are not rushing and not particularly stressed. But somehow they achieve amazing results. In fact, they often have an enviable calmness and a sense of clarity

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Jul
2019

July 2019

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