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Market Update

Risk assets faltered • The rally from December resumed with most equity markets up for the month. • Global shares were up 2.3% and 2% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. • Domestically, Australian shares underperformed international markets this month with 1.8% performance in September. • Bellamy’s Australia (ASX: BLA) benefitted from a takeover bid…

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The value of having a financial adviser

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Having an appropriate financial plan in place covers more than just investments and insurance. The same goes for a financial adviser – there are some you will just click with, who can help improve your financial future. Keep on track Over the long term, investment markets tend to fluctuate. This can be difficult for some…

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The power of regular investing

One of the world’s most admired investors, Warren Buffett, is famous for saying “Don’t save what is left after spending; spend what is left after saving.” While this approach may not always be possible, investing even just a small amount regularly can make a big difference over the long term. If you are accumulating wealth……

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Social media could influence us to spend impulsively.

Can social media use be linked to spending? Research shows it can. For example, one study found that social networks such as Facebook and Instagram can motivate impulsive buying behaviours.[1] But how does social media affect our spending? 1. Advertising Sites like Facebook and Instagram have evolved from social networking platforms to powerful advertising tools. We…

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Putting your goals first

A goals-based investment approach isn’t focused on ‘beating the market’. It’s about tailoring your investments to meet your personal goals. Performance comparisons are unavoidable in the investment world. Every day you see investment managers measuring their success by how much they’ve outperformed the market, or their peers, over a given time period. However most people…

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Market Wrap

Risk assets faltered The rally from December faltered slightly with most equity markets down for the month. Global shares were down 2% and up 0.3% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Domestically, Australian shares underperformed international markets this month with -2.4% performance in August. Australian health care stocks continued to perform strongly with CSL (ASX:…

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Market Wrap

Markets rallied on rate cuts… The rally from December has continued into July with most equity markets up for the month. Global shares were up 1.1% and 2.3% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Domestically, Australian shares outperformed international markets this month with 2.9% performance in June. Australian health care stocks performed well with Resmed…

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SMSF regulatory update

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO), as self-managed super funds (SMSFs) regulator, has recently announced it will contact approximately 17,700 SMSF trustees in relation to their investment strategy. This is due to growing concerns that some SMSFs are invested in an overly concentrated manner, typically with real property. The ATO statement can be found here. The ATO…

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Starting Again Financially

For many women (or men), starting again after being left widowed or divorced can be difficult and overwhelming. Consider how good financial advice can make a real difference. Finding yourself alone after many years of living in a partnership can be difficult. Not only are you adjusting to emotional strains, but you may need to…

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Successful Investor Secrets

The investment world can change dramatically from one month to the next. But these secrets of successful investors never go out of style. Successful investing can be one of your biggest allies in the quest for long-term financial security. Unfortunately, unsuccessful investing can leave you wishing you’d kept your money in the bank. So what…

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