Markets around the world have been rocked by Trump’s tariffs and concerns about Chinese retaliation. But how much does this really have to do with Australia? When two of our biggest trading partners start limiting trade, are we likely to win or lose?
Australian official interest rates are now at 1%, and markets predict them to go lower. While this is a first for Australia, other developed countries have lived with zero or even negative interest rates for a decade now (much longer in the case of Japan). So how can investors respond to this environment?
Despite the numbers and the headlines, markets are simply comprised of individual buyers and sellers making decisions about where to place their money. The choice to buy or sell a stock can be as much an emotional one as a rational one, and the ability to manage our feelings can greatly improve our financial outcomes.
While Australia’s tech darlings have achieved spectacular share price growth, the global tech behemoths continue to dominate markets. These ‘growth’ companies are trading on eye watering multiples in many cases, while less glamorous companies languish on valuations well below their long run averages. The divergence in valuation between growth and value stocks has not been this great since 1999.
After years of adulation for high growth sectors such as technology, many investors holding old faithfuls such as Telstra often wonder whether the market will ever reward their patience. In a market where growth is good, how do we invest for the long term?
Disruption has affected most industries and fortunes are made and lost where investors are most able to position themselves for trends and themes that shape our world. This year’s Kanga conference hosts a line-up of professionals who are thinking about investing in the future.
Many investors are reluctant to enter the share market despite higher potential returns than other assets due to their lack of knowledge and experience. If you’re one of them, you’re probably asking yourself: where to start, how much money is needed and what to buy.
Whether you rolled over your super fund or have excess cash available, the big question is: how to invest your next dollar? The question is especially pertinent for investors who experienced poor returns from assets they had little knowledge of during the global financial crisis.
While the resources boom that saved Australia from the GFC may have subsided, there is no question that global demand for Australian resources will continue. Trends can be tricky though; those who joined the lithium bandwagon have experienced a wild ride.
Most Australians are surprised -even shocked -to discover that their superannuation is not covered by their Will, and decisions about who receives it upon death can be made by a trustee whom they’ve never met. Given super is often a person’s largest financial asset, investing a little bit of time to ensure it goes to those you love can be critical.