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Bubble Trouble

Soaring House PricesWhen the Reserve Bank of Australia’s board meets, a key topic of conversation will be the reaction of our unusually interest rate elastic housing market to recent reductions in local borrowing costs.The bottom line is that Australia’s housing boom is racing away. So-called “macroprudential” constraints on bank lending, which place a soft limit on credit growth at four times current wages growth, have had zero impact to date.An..... Read more

Australia is AAA

AAA Rating RetainedAustralia’s strong credit rating and impressive economic performance over the past decade has been the envy of many economies in the world.Australia remains one of only nine countries rated AAA with a stable outlook by the three major international credit rating agencies, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. Moody’s recently confirmed Australia’s sovereign credit rating outlook has remained stable amid global financial unc..... Read more

Another Way of Investing

A new investment service The Australian Securities Exchange’s mFunds platform service allows investors to directly purchase units in a managed fund as they would ordinary shares.This compliments existing options of listed shares, listed investment companies (LICs) and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) thus enabling investors to structure a sophisticated investment portfolio through a single platform.DIY super investors in particular will look to inves..... Read more

How to Leave your Family an Extra Legacy

Superannuation - Additional PaymentThe anti-detriment deduction was introduced under section 295- 485 of the ITAA to provide compensation to a spouse, former spouse (via the Estate) and children of such members by allowing them the opportunity to receive an increased death benefit by way of an additional lump sum payment from the fund. This payment was intended to replace the reduction in any lump sum payment caused by the contributions tax. It o..... Read more

​East Asia Driving In The Fast Lane

Growth estimated at 6.1%With gross domestic product (GDP) growth estimated at 6.1% in 2014, East Asia remains the world’s fastest-growing region, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 report.This compared with a global economy which is expected to grow 3.1% in 2015 and 3.3% in 2016, with an estimated growth of 2.6% for 2014, according to the report.After a second year of estimated growth of 6.1% in 2015, East..... Read more

How Low Can We Go?

Cash Rate Cut to Record LowAfter 18 months of keeping rates on hold, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) lowered the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.25% at its February RBA board meeting.The move to the lowest rate since the RBA commenced setting a cash rate target in 1990 is designed to stimulate business activity and household spending in the face of weak growth, falling commodity prices and sluggish investment.Growth is below-trendThe RBA’s ..... Read more

Market Overview Dec 2014 Qtr

Australian SharesThe December quarter was dominated by falling commodity prices and the impact of this on the Australian economy.Equity Market PerformanceIn terms of equity market performance, resource companies were sell targets with the ASX resource sector dropping 13 per cent over the quarter.Despite dramatic falls in resources the overall Australian equity market still managed to deliver a reasonable gain of 2.94 per cent as investors chased ..... Read more

Global Correction

Should investors be worried about a global equity market correction?The global market has performed well since the GFC, and investors worry that at some point the party must come to an end.In many developed markets, equities have produced solid returns since March 2009, which was the bottom of the market crash during the GFC. This rally can be justified in part, by an improvement in company earnings during the economic recovery. But it was also f..... Read more

Is Australia Headed for Recession?

Australia has had a good run, so what is next? Australia has had a good run, with 24 years of uninterrupted growth and only a few rough patches. So are we due for a recession? Or will we glide past the end of the mining investment boom with only a period of subpar growth? The economy has benefited a great deal from mining over the past decade, notably through investment in the construction and expansion of mines, and growing resource exports. Unf..... Read more

​Finding the right age to retire

Quality of life is a key factor in deciding when to retire.At the same time, however, it is important not to forget about the financial considerations as well.Choosing when to retire is a very personal and sometimes difficult decision that everyone in the workforce will have to make. It is the kind of decision that will have lasting effects on a person’s future lifestyle, so should be thought out carefully and strategically.But what time is the r..... Read more