The great Australian dream: outlook for the residential property market

March 13, 2019

Residential property remains the asset class that most Australians aspire to own, both as owner occupiers and investors. After five years of astonishing growth in our largest cities, house prices are falling in some areas, with potential consequences for the wider economy.

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Battle of the tech titans: China vs US

March 6, 2019

Nine out of ten international stocks purchased by nabtrade investors are technology based including Apple, Amazon and Alphabet. Recently however, investors have started looking toward the Asian tech giants such as Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu for diversification and growth opportunities. So which region holds the greatest opportunity for investors?

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Crystal ball on the AUD and what it means for your portfolio

February 26, 2019

This time last year, we spoke to NAB’s head of FX Strategy, Ray Attrill who forecasted the movement of the AUD for 2018. If we revisit that episode, we can’t help but notice his predictions were fairly accurate.

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Preparing for a happier and more successful retirement

February 20, 2019

In last week’s episode, retirement researcher and strategist Phil Augustine outlined the four pillars that contribute to retirement happiness for most Australians. 

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Four pillars of retirement happiness

February 12, 2019

While many of us dream for decades of riding off into the sunset, research shows that many find the transition to retirement much more difficult than they anticipated. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, and thousands of pages of research, MLC Retirement Expert Phil Augustine believes a successful retirement boils down to four key things.

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The how and why of investing in bonds and fixed income

February 6, 2019

We’ve recently received a number of enquiries about an asset class that rarely receives any attention from investors – yet its total market value substantially exceeds the equity market. It’s one that pays you an agreed interest rate for a set period of time when you lend your money to the Government or a company. Bonds.

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Managing volatility - strategies for 2019

January 29, 2019

After years of relatively low volatility, market gyrations took many investors by surprise in 2018. As Fidelity International’s Managing Director, Australia Alva Devoy explains, this is really a return to more normal market conditions, presenting both challenges and opportunities for investors.

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Performance trickery – an investor’s guide to understanding portfolio outcomes

January 22, 2019

Despite the evidence that past performance is no guide to future performance, investors continue to seek portfolio managers and stock pickers who appear to consistently outperform the market.

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US Equities – Where to from here?

January 16, 2019

The outlook for US equities looks more uncertain in 2019 than it has in many years, with the withdrawal of supportive monetary policy and political tensions creating a perfect environment for increased volatility. With US stocks having delivered years of strong returns post the GFC, many are wondering whether the party can continue, or whether it’s time to pack up and go home.

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A frank discussion about the ALP dividend proposals

December 18, 2018

Some investors have sold off parts of their portfolio and changed their asset allocation under the assumption that the Opposition’s policy proposals have been implemented.  However, this is not the case and frankly, any announcements could take a while to reach implementation.

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