Trade war truce gives Emerging Markets a “stay of execution”

From

Emerging markets held a relief rally in the wake of the much-anticipated meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires. By agreeing to a 90-day truce in their ongoing trade war, the two leaders gave Emerging markets (EM) investors the best they could realistically hope for. Eaton […]

continue reading

Populist government policy may impact property and equity markets in 2019

From

While the current market cycle is mature, it is unlikely to enter a bear market recession in the next 12 months; however given it is later cycle, heightened focus on value and risk management rather than growth will be key to generating returns in 2019, say investment experts with SG Hiscock & Company. Hamish Tadgell, […]

continue reading

The big issues of 2019

From

For the past 17 years we have produced “The Big Issues” report – a report that has sought to highlight the issues that are expected to influence the economy over the forthcoming 12 months. Now this is no crystal ball gazing exercise. The aim is not just to forecast where certain economic variables are likely to be […]

continue reading

Stop making sense: the state of volatility in markets

From

Summary Volatility is back in a big way in 2018. A large increase in the VIX is showing an annual level not witnessed since 2007. The sell-off that started in October appears to have been triggered by a number of negative technical forces in the US coming into effect at the same time, which impacted […]

continue reading

Confident Australian investors take a pragmatic approach to volatility: Legg Mason Global Investment Survey 2018

From

Australian investors are more confident about the outlook for investment markets over the year ahead than their counterparts overseas, and a significant number see volatility as an opportunity, the latest annual Legg Mason Global Investment Survey reveals. Australian investors see the best opportunities in the year ahead coming from domestic stocks, followed by international stocks, […]

continue reading

Insight Investment comments on World Bank Group’s new set of climate targets for 2021-2025

From

The World Bank Group has announced a new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, doubling its current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action. Josh Kendall, senior ESG analyst at Insight Investment, a leading global investment management firm, said: “These ambitious targets may influence the wider global community […]

continue reading

Record profits; Petrol slides most in a decade

From

Job Ads; Weekly Petrol prices; Business Indicator Profits: Company operating profits rose by 1.9 per cent in the September quarter to stand 13.5 per cent up on the year. Profits in the year to September were up 13.2 per cent on a year earlier. Petrol: According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, the national average Australian price […]

continue reading

Weekly market update – week ending 30 November 2018

From

Investment markets and key developments over the past week US shares rose 4.8% over the last week, their strongest week December since 2011, helped by increasing signs from the Fed that it is open to pausing or slowing its interest rate increases. This helped push Eurozone shares 1.1% higher and Japanese shares 3.3% higher. Chinese […]

continue reading

Slower global growth may mean taking the long view

From

Global equities face a more uncertain year ahead. Nothing looks likely to drive stocks sharply lower for an extended stretch, but we see few positive economic or earnings surprises on the horizon to provide a significant boost. In 2019, economic growth looks set to moderate globally, US interest rates should rise further, trade tensions may […]

continue reading

Biggest upgrade to investment plans in 19 years

From

Business investment Investment falls: New business investment (spending on buildings and equipment) fell by 0.5 per cent in the September quarter to be down 0.6 per cent over the year. Non-mining: Services sector investment hit a record high of $73.6 billion for the year to September. States: NSW business investment rose to a record high […]

continue reading