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Australia’s superannuation system is based on individual accounts, with men and women treated equally. But that’s where equality ends. It’s a simple fact that women generally retire with much less super than men. The latest figures show women aged 60-64 have an average super balance of $289,179, almost 25 per cent less than men the...
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Dr Shane Oliver - Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital Successful investing can be very difficult in times like the present with immense uncertainty around inflation, interest rates, war in Ukraine & continuing covid waves. This makes it all the more important to stay focused on the basic principles of successful investing....
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Everyone buying into the housing market hopes that their purchase will appreciate over time, while sellers want to pick the top of the market. Clearly the growth rates in the Australian housing market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, peaked some time ago – March last year. But prices have mostly been still rising, albeit at...
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Heightened global markets volatility – as we’re experiencing right now – can easily trigger kneejerk reactions by panicked investors. Widespread selling, triggered by the Russia-Ukraine crisis, has been behind the recent big swings on global financial markets, including on stock markets, commodities markets, and currency markets. As serious as the current events are, heightened markets...
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While the extent of the local and global economic recovery post COVID-19 is unclear, there are still opportunities for investors able to capitalise on key trends that we believe will drive the performance of commercial real estate in 2022. Below are the top five trends that we believe will drive performance in the Real Estate...
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Even with the varying degree of lockdowns experienced across Australia in 2020 and 2021, the world remains largely at our fingertips. In fact, through the pandemic the use of our phones or computers to organise dinner, groceries, shopping, and workout programs only increased. Technology has undoubtedly enabled greater convenience in our lives. However, it’s important...
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Research shows that the vast majority of Australians increasingly want – and expect – their superannuation to be invested responsibly and ethically. According to research commissioned by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), four out of five Australians would consider changing super funds if they felt their current fund didn’t align with their values and...
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Why go through the worry (and expense) of moving when you can turn your current place into your dream home? While renovations aren’t always stress-free (or cheap) there are some straightforward ways to finance your property’s facelift so it suits your post-pandemic lifestyle. The type of renovation you want and the budget you’ll need will...
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Why buy shares? When people talk about investing in shares (or stocks), they're usually referring to common shares. These kinds of shares give you the opportunity to join in the success of public companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, and as such, they're an investment that can really grow your investment portfolio. Because you're...
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The lead up to 30 June can be a good time to maximise tax benefits that may be available to you inside super. If you’re keen on taking advantage of potential tax benefits available inside super, the lead up to 30 June could be a good time to act. Certain contributions, which we cover below,...
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