Five charts on investing to keep in mind in rough times like these

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Key points Successful investing can be really difficult in times like the present with immense uncertainty around the impact of coronavirus on the outlook. This makes it all the more important to stay focussed on the basic principles of successful investing. These five charts focus on critical aspects of investing that are insightful in times […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 13 March, 2020

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets collapsed over the past week as concerns about the global economic impact of the coronavirus intensified, oil prices plunged as part of the secondary impact and policy responses by President Trump and the ECB were seen as not enough. Australian share fell around 20% […]

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The increasing economic threat from coronavirus – what to watch for and what should investors do

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Key points The rout in financial markets has continued, on the back of coronavirus, made worse by a flow on to oil markets. The risk of a deeper hit to economic activity has risen. Key things to watch are the daily number of new cases, measures of economic stress and policy stimulus. Key things for […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 5 March, 2020

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets had a very volatile week – helped initially by more policy easing globally with both the Fed and the RBA cutting interest rates but only to get hit again by intensifying coronavirus concerns. While Chinese shares briefly made it back to their January high […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 28 February, 2020

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets plunged over the last week on the back of a rapid escalation of new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases outside China – notably in Korea, Italy and Iran – and concern that (whether its labelled a pandemic or not) it will disrupt economic activity more deeply […]

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The increasing spread of Coronavirus – updated economic and investment market implications

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Key points While reported new coronavirus cases in China have slowed, the pickup in cases outside China has led to a renewed sharp fall in share markets and bond yields. Our base case is that the outbreak will be contained allowing share markets and bond yields to rebound in the June quarter. However, the hit […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 21 February, 2020

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets mostly fell over the last week on ongoing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, particularly after several US companies warned of disruptions to supply chains and sales. Chinese shares managed to rise though as China continued to role out new stimulus measures. Australian shares […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 14 February, 2020

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets generally rose over the last week but gains were constrained by ongoing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak after China announced a large increase in new cases. Reflecting the generally positive global lead Australian shares managed to push back up to around their January record […]

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Weekly market update – week ending 7 February, 2020

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global share markets rebounded over the last week on optimism the coronavirus outbreak will be contained and helped by solid earnings results. Australian shares benefitted initially from the global rebound but gains were reversed reflecting the greater exposure to China of the Australian economy and as […]

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The China Coronavirus outbreak – economic and investment market implications

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Key points The China coronavirus outbreak has led to concerns of a global pandemic triggering an economic downturn. > Our base case is that the outbreak will be contained allowing share markets and bond yields to rebound. > However, uncertainty is high given that the coronavirus is more contagious than SARS albeit with lower mortality. […]

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