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What is a “Good Return”

by Brendan Gallagher

For many of our individual and corporate clients we provide financial education with the objective of helping people become more financially astute, so that they have the ability and incentive to make smarter financial decisions. For someone in their late 20’s that might be saving and investing for a deposit on a home. For someone in their 50’s it might be preparing for their retirement in a decades time. We are fortunate to see the impact that developing and implementing a sound financial plan can have on our client’s lives.

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August 30, 2017
Category: Latest News

Another end of financial year has now passed us – we rest for the weekend, then back into it!

With a wave of new money coming into markets from last minute superannuation contributions ahead of a raft of new superannuation rules coming into effect from 1 July, it is timely to reflect on the past 12 months  and this tumultuous period and then take a look out for the next 6 – 12 months.

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July 3, 2017

2017 Federal Budget

by Mark Causer & Brendan Gallagher

The Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has now delivered the 2017 Federal Budget.

As with every Budget, from an individual’s perspective, there are perceived winners and losers.

This year, home ownership affordability and related activities to further liquidate the Australian property market takes a lot of the limelight.

Importantly however, these Budget proposals are exactly that, proposals. It is important to remember this, but equally relevant to consider the strategy(ies) that you may now be able to apply to suit your individual circumstances.

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May 10, 2017

But is the financial landscape changing sufficiently to allow property to take a well-deserved break from the headlines, at least here in Australia?

To help us with the question which is on the lips of millions of Australian’s, AMP’s Chief Economist, Shane Oliver, walks us through his current views.  

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March 20, 2017

Inflation appears to be back on the agenda, which highlights the extent to which things have changed compared to a year ago when talks of deflation and disinflation dominated discourse. Finally, no conference these days can be complete without pontificating on what a Trump presidency will bring from a geopolitical and economic standpoint. Is ‘up’ the new consensus?

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March 2, 2017

The start of each year ushers in a new series of opportunities, challenges and a continuation of past themes.

Calendar year 2017 will be no exception.

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January 12, 2017

The US election has come and gone, and despite markets getting the wobbles in the lead up to the election it has certainly been ‘risk on’ since the result. Are we experiencing a ‘Santa Claus rally’, or is this the start of something more structural?

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January 12, 2017

As the year 2016 draws to a close and the pace of life slows just a little, it is probably as good a time as any to reflect on some of the key market and non-market events that shaped the year.

Well 2016 was an interesting year, but perhaps every year is interesting!

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December 28, 2016

In the last few weeks as we have had discussions with clients about investment markets and their portfolios, it has been difficult not to allow the conversion to drift into areas that are concerning investors, which has been highlighted recently in the media. After all, bad news sells and good news is, well nice!

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November 11, 2016

Since the global financial crisis 8 years ago we have been in a world where markets are heavily influenced by central bank policy. We have witnessed key central banks around the global undertake aggressive ‘unconventional monetary policy’, notably quantitative easing and rate cuts, whereby some countries are currently in negative rates territory. It is questionable whether this policy has stimulated real economic growth with measures such as the velocity of money (number of time a dollar is spent to buy goods and services) falling off a cliff and economic data being mixed as some countries grapple with deflation, while others seek to transition their economies away from exports to domestic consumption. 

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