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When is the next interest rate hike in Australia? It’s the $64 question for local financial markets1. Our base case remains that the first hike will come in August but there is a chance that it could happen earlier, in June. That’s recently been reinforced by the January jobs data where the unemployment rate came...
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It's a common misperception that the greatest determinant of portfolio return variability is your stock selection. Understandably, choosing which ETFs, individual shares, active funds or other securities to invest in is often the most exciting part of portfolio construction for new investors, and of course it remains an important factor. But as Vanguard research shows,...
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Senior economist Diana Mousina answers our questions on potential interest rate changes and what it could mean for Aussie households. Why have interest rates been so low for so long? The main reason interest rates have been kept so low is the Reserve Bank of Australia undershooting on its inflation target of 2-3%. We haven’t...
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It’s easy to walk into debt, but so much harder to get out of it. You must own your mess and know that your financial reason for living is to pay down your debt, writes Glen James author of Sort Your Money Out & Get Invested. Apathy and debt reduction don’t go hand in hand....
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Despite the rough and uncertain start to the year there is reason to be optimistic about the share market in 2022. Economies are recording solid economic growth, profits are rising and monetary policy, notwithstanding increases in interest rates this year, will remain easy. But 2022 is unlikely to replicate last year’s very strong investment returns...
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It’s been a rocky start to the year on world markets but that doesn’t mean you should hit the panic button. Staying the course is generally the best course, but that’s easier said than done when there’s a big market fall. In January markets plunged some 10 per cent but then staged a recovery. That...
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Investment returns are unpredictable. Take last year, for example. Few would have predicted that the price of coffee beans would outperform global share markets. But that’s exactly what happened, thanks to a combination of unforeseen climatic events and the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chains around the world. Those factors, combined with...
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Investment properties can generate wealth or earn you a passive income - maybe both - but even in a booming market profit is never promised. The key to purchasing a successful investment property is to buy with your head (not your heart) and to stick to your plan. A bad buying decision made at the...
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Sacrificing some of your pre-tax salary into superannuation…it sounds like a great idea in theory. Who wouldn’t want to save more for retirement? According to the latest figures for June 2021, a single Australian aged 65 will need $44,818 a year and couples will need $63,352 a year to enjoy a comfortable retirement1. So clearly...
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As the nation drifts back to work and study after the summer break, it’s often a time to start putting your New Year’s resolutions into practice. For some, an extended holiday may have convinced you that you are ready for more of the good life and that it’s time to retire. In the past, that...
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