Could our mortgage monster become the Christmas Grinch?

Published: November 14, 2017

The disappointing retail sales figures from the last quarter could be just the tip of the iceberg for those watching the retail sector heading into Christmas, reckons Dermot Ryan, AMP Capital’s Portfolio Manager – Australian Equities. But it’s not likely to be the so called “Amazon effect” of internet shopping, nor competition from fast fashion […]

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4 steps to help protect portfolios against political risk

Published: November 14, 2017

When Australia’s High Court ruled deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce ineligible to sit in Parliament because of his dual New Zealand citizenship, the decision briefly sent tremors through equity and currency markets. It was a clear reminder that political risk matters to markets. We face troubling political and geopolitical risk across the world: Trump, Brexit […]

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, November 2017

Published: November 8, 2017

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy are continuing to improve. Labour markets have tightened and further above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. Growth in the Chinese economy is being supported by increased spending on […]

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The rising demand of energy is presenting investment opportunities

Published: October 12, 2017

World energy demand is expected to grow at an annual rate of 1% over the next 25 years. While renewable energy use will continue to grow, fossil fuels will remain the principal energy source. However, natural gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel and coal will continue to lose market share. This represents a significant […]

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The anatomy of a successful commercial property investment

Published: October 12, 2017

The AMP Capital Wholesale Australian Property Fund recently bought Stage 1 of the Connect Corporate Centre in Mascot, Sydney, a sleek, brand-new building close to the Sydney CBD valued at $43.6 million.  What made the building so attractive? For a start, it has a list of blue-chip tenants that will deliver reliable income, but also […]

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October 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

Published: October 3, 2017

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy have improved. Labour markets have tightened and above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. Growth in the Chinese economy is being supported by increased spending on infrastructure […]

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Options: Why diversification may not be enough

Published: September 14, 2017

If you look around the world we face unprecedented risks. The Trump Presidency, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, rising interest rates, and fully valued markets are all spot fires that could engulf portfolios. These risks can seriously dent investor’s and client’s life savings, and damage their ability to reach important financial goals. The stakes are high. […]

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5 reasons commercial property is a great source of stable retirement income

Published: September 14, 2017

Residential property has become the new religion in Australia. The buoyant market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne where house prices have jumped 75% and 50% respectively in recent years, means residential is constantly talked about and analysed.  But as more and more baby boomers move into retirement, there is a growing need to seek investments […]

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September 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

Published: September 5, 2017

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy are continuing to improve. Labour markets have tightened further and above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. Growth in the Chinese economy is being supported by increased […]

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Key lessons from a recent US utilities trip

Published: August 14, 2017

We argued, however, that global listed infrastructure would weather interest rate rises over time because of its underlying assets and strong cash flows. Despite investors’ concerns, global listed infrastructure has had a strong start to 2017 with the US 10-year bond yield actually drifting lower due to lowered expectations on the Trump administration’s ability to […]

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