Here we go again. Superannuation could be about to undergo more change with the federal opposition announcing it will end cash refunds of franking credits on share dividends if it wins the next election. The change would have a significant impact on people paying little or no tax, especially self-funded retirees in pension phase. Seniors […]
One of the golden rules of investing is diversification, but that can be difficult to achieve when you are just starting out or have limited funds to tap into a world of opportunities. Which is why investors have been flocking to exchange-traded funds ( ETFs ) and listed investment companies ( LICs ). ETFs and […]
It’s almost a decade since the global financial crisis created havoc in financial markets. While the global economy continues to show signs of recovery, political uncertainty in Europe and the United States is creating fresh confusion on global markets as investors wait to see how current events play out. It started just over a year […]
If 2016 taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected. Britain’s vote to exit the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as the next US President surprised the pundits and markets alike. Markets generally hate surprises, yet in the closing weeks of the year so-called ‘Trump trades’ pushed shares, bond yields and the US […]
The year to 30 June 2016 was in many ways an extraordinary year with a range of both positive and negative influences at play. Regrettably for investors, the financial year concluded just as it started with considerable uncertainty and market volatility. The year was a difficult one for investors The year began with Greece centre […]
Brazil’s government debt is now rated junk, only seven years after it gained investment-grade status. The country’s currency is plunging yet recent trade surpluses have become trade deficits twice the size due to the crash in commodity prices. As capital flees, the economy is facing its biggest recession in at least a generation. To the […]
Low oil prices have weighed heavily on global markets in 2016, with investors and pundits alike unsettled by the speed and size of the fall. But where there are losers there are also winners, depending on whether you are a producer or a consumer of what was once hailed as black gold. From a high […]
The New Year’s festivities were barely over, signing off on a difficult year for investors, when the fireworks started all over again on global markets. In the first two weeks of 2016 Australian and US shares recorded their worst start to the year ever and the Aussie dollar dipped below US70c. These market events can […]
Reproduced with permission of Fidelity Australia by Michael Collins, Investment Commentator at Fidelity Are we headed for a global recession? Remember the hype about the “super cycle” that justified record commodity prices? The term to describe “higher-for-longer” commodity prices was based largely on ever-climbing demand from the Chinese as the country industrialised. Amid the excitement, […]
Australia has recently signed a number of free trade agreements (FTAs) and has another in the pipeline with India. The landmark deal with China and the largest free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between 12 Asia-Pacific nations, including the United States will have a significant impact on all Australians. As tariff barriers fall like […]
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