Helping Australians overcome the pervasive fear impacting their quality of life in retirement

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We’ve seen FORO – the Fear of Running Out – raise its head in the past couple of years. The great rush to supermarket shelves for food supplies and other essentials during the early stages of COVID comes to mind. In most of these cases there was plenty of supply for everyone. But when FORO

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Weekly economic and market update – week ending 13 May, 2022

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Investment markets and key developments Share markets fell again over the last week with ongoing worries about monetary tightening to combat high inflation driving a possible recession. The plunge in global shares also dragged down the Australian share market which saw sharp falls in IT, material, property and industrial shares with only health stocks rising

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Another five great charts on investing that are very useful in times of uncertainty like the present

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Key points Successful investing can be really difficult in times of uncertainty like now making it important to stay focussed on the basic principles of investing. Here are another five great charts to help illuminate those basic principles: the importance of time in the market versus timing; the case to look less at your investments;

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The RBA starts raising rates – how far and how fast? And what does it mean for investors?

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Key points The RBA has hiked the cash rate by 0.25% taking it to 0.35% and signalling more rate hikes ahead. We expect the cash rate to rise to 1.5% by year-end and to 2% by mid next year. But the RBA will only raise rates as far as necessary to cool inflation and high

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North launches client app

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North, one of Australia’s leading wrap investment platforms, has launched a new client app, making it easier for clients to stay connected to their investments. Now available to download on Apple and android devices through the Apple’s App or Google Play stores, the app enables North clients to: keep track of their super, pension and

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Weekly economic and market update – week ending 29 April, 2022

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Investment markets and key developments Share markets had another volatile week with worries about central bank rate hikes and Chinese covid lockdowns depressing global growth but generally good earnings news. Despite a fall back to March lows US shares managed to find support there and rose slightly for the week but European, Japanese, Chinese and

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AMP sells Collimate Capital’s international infrastructure equity business

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AMP Limited has announced it has entered into an agreement for the sale of Collimate Capital’s international infrastructure equity business to DigitalBridge Investment Holdco, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DigitalBridge Group, Inc. (DigitalBridge) for an upfront consideration of A$462 million and total value of up to A$699 million. Combined with the A$430 million from the

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Weekly economic and market update – week ending 22 April, 2022

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Investment markets and key developments Share markets were mixed over the last week with solid gains initially, helped by strong US earnings results, but a resumption of interest rate concerns weighing later in the week. Eurozone shares rose, US shares were basically flat but with bond sensitive tech stocks weighing and Japanese and Chinese shares

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The 2022 Australian Federal election and investors

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Key points Australian election campaigns tend to result in a period of uncertainty which have seen weak gains on average for shares followed by a bounce once it’s out of the way. Labor is not offering a significantly different economic policy agenda than the Coalition. With the exception of climate policies, it’s hard to see

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Weekly economic and market update – week ending 14 April, 2022

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Investment markets and key developments Global share markets fell over the past week with concerns about inflation and monetary tightening continuing to weigh. For the holiday shortened week US shares fell 2.1% and Eurozone shares fell 0.2%. Chinese shares remained under pressure from concerns about covid related lockdowns. Australian shares rose 0.6% though with strong

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