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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Women’s Index sheds light on big COVID-19 question – has gender equality improved?

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Key results The Financy Women’s Index (FWX) finished 2021 up 1.6% to 72.3 points with women’s financial progress and time to economic equality better than expected. The key drivers of the FWX in 2021 included the closing of the gender gaps in employment, ASX 200 board positions and unpaid work. However there was a 2.2%

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Women’s financial progress recovery fractured and slowing on COVID shock

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Women’s progress to financial equality with men suffered a setback in the June quarter, as COVID shock factors put the brakes on the female-led recovery at the start of 2021, the latest Financy Women’s Index (FWX) June quarter report shows. While the FWX rose by 0.9% to 72.2 points in the June quarter, the pace

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North’s new virtual educationHUB supporting advisers through COVID

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North’s virtual educationHUB, launched in 2020, has emerged as an important learning resource for thousands of advisers during the pandemic. Launched just after the onset of COVID, the educationHUB has held seven education series and delivered more than 70 webinars, covering more than 25 topics. The webinars, available to any adviser in Australia, have had

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The never-ending coronavirus pandemic – why snap lockdowns in Australia make sense until herd immunity is reached

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Key points Snap lockdowns in Sydney, Perth and Queensland are likely to cost the economy $2.5bn, but like previous snap lockdowns are unlikely to derail the recovery. Australia has little choice but to continue with snap lockdowns until increased vaccination sets up herd immunity from around early 2022. The latest lockdowns and ongoing coronavirus threat

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Women lead jobs recovery buy gender equality progress slows

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Key points: The Financy Women’s Index rose 0.7 points to 71.6 points in the March quarter, shaking off the worst quarter in eight years for women’s financial progress in December 2020. Year-on-year the Women’s Index rose 1.8 points or 0.8%, which is the strongest start to a calendar year since 2018. The score was helped by

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The return of geopolitical risk? – what to watch over the remainder of 2021

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Key points Geopolitical issues generate much interest but don’t necessarily have a significant impact on markets. But geopolitical risks are higher than prior to the GFC reflecting three big themes: a populist backlash against economic rationalist policies; the falling relative power of the US; and the polarising impact of social media. After a lull following

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Women face 101 year wait for financial gender equality

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Despite 2020 being a tough year, the financial progress of Australian women is trending in the right direction, but it will still take a century to achieve equality, as systemic issues hamper improvement in the unpaid work gender gap. The Financy Women’s Index fell by 2.3 points (-3%) to 74 points in the December quarter,

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10 medium to longer-term implications from the coronavirus shock

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Key points Key medium to longer-term implications flowing from the coronavirus shock are: lower for longer interest rates; a further blow to globalisation; another leg up in the US/China cold war; bigger government and public debt; a long-term risk of higher inflation; consumer & investor caution; faster embrace of technology; bad for airlines; another test

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The coming surge in Australia’s budget deficit and public debt due to coronavirus – can we afford it?

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Key points Australia’s federal budget deficit is expected to peak at around $200bn in 2020-21, or around 10% of GDP which will be the highest since the end of WW2. This will see net public debt nearly double as a percentage of GDP over the next few years. However, the budget stimulus is necessary to

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