May 2019
The trade war is back – what went wrong, what it means for share markets and Australia

After taking a back seat over the last six months as negotiations appeared to make progress the US/China trade war is back on with the President Trump – “tariff man” – ramping up tariffs on Chinese imports again and threatening more and China moving to retaliate. This note takes a simple Q & A approach to the key issues.   What is a trade war?

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May
2019
5 ways to help your grown-up children manage their finances better

There are ways you can help your children by encouraging positive behaviour when it comes to their personal finances. We all love our children. So it can be tough to admit they may not be great with money. But be honest, do any of these ring a bell? They keep running out of money before their pay cheque comes in. They keep ‘borrowing’ money from

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May
2019
Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision, May 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, although the risks are tilted to the downside. Growth in international trade has declined and investment intentions have softened in a number of countries. In China, the authorities have taken steps to support the economy, while addressing risks in the financial system.

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May
2019
Seasonal patterns in shares – should we “sell in May and go away” and what about renewed trade war fears?

Since late last year share markets have rebounded with US shares up 25% to their recent high, global shares up 22% and Australian shares up 17% as last year’s worries about tightening monetary policy led by the Fed, global growth and trade wars have faded to varying degrees. Following such a strong rebound some have said that maybe it’s now time to “sell in May

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May
2019
8 things you might need to get sorted when you fly the nest

If you’re moving out of the family home for the first time, here’s what you need to think about. So the time has come to think about moving out of the family home. It’s a big step…take a second to imagine what it will feel like. Playing your music as loud as you want. House guests who can come and go as you please. Your

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May
2019
April 2019
Inflation undershoots in Australia – why it's a concern, is the RBA running out of ammo & what it means for investors?

Surprisingly weak Australian inflation has led to expectations the Reserve Bank will soon cut rates. But what’s driving low inflation? Is it really that bad? Why not just lower the inflation target? Will rate cuts help?And what does it mean for investors? Inflation surprises on the downside again Australian inflation as measured by the CPI was flat in the March quarter and up just 1.3%

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Apr
2019
Spouse super contributions – when adding to your partner’s super pays

If your other half is a stay-at-home parent, working part-time or out of work, find out how adding to their super could benefit you both financially. If your spouse (husband, wife, de facto or same-sex partner) is a low-income earner or not working at the moment, chances are they’re accumulating little or no super at all to fund their retirement. The good news is, if

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Apr
2019
Making downsizer contributions into super – what you need to know

Older Aussies can put up to $300,000 into their super using the money from the sale of their main residence, regardless of caps and restrictions that otherwise apply. If you’re aged 65 or over and are looking to boost your retirement savings, you can make a tax-free contribution to your super of up to $300,000 using the proceeds from the sale of your main residence.

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Apr
2019
The financial power of women

The financial power of women

at Latest Articles - by Navigate Financial

A state-of-the-nation report on the barriers to women investing. The research underlying this white paper was carried out via an online survey developed by CoreData, in conjunction with Fidelity International. The survey was sent out to CoreData’s proprietary panel of consumers with a minimum of $20,000 in investable assets outside of super. The survey was sent out between 14 January and 25 January 2019 and

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Apr
2019
Corporate bonds vs. term deposits

Invest in a corporate bond fund or put your money in a term deposit? It’s a question more pertinent now than ever, as market interest rates push towards new lows. Both term deposits and managed bond funds are suitable for investors who want a reliable income stream, liquidity and capital preservation. But they have different risk and reward outlooks. We consider each in detail below.

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Apr
2019

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