on 13 March 2019
February 2019 Review - Markets continue strong recovery
The share market recovery experienced in January picked up further pace in February with leading indices across the globe recording solid gains. Some of the notable developments for the month included:
Positive sentiment stemming from the hope of a trade agreement between the US and China
Global bond yields remained steady, while Australian yields fell
The benign outlook for interest rates supported listed i...
on 6 March 2019
Investment Implications of franking credit changes.
The proposed changes announced by the Federal Opposition to the way franking credits operate will have significant implications for some investors; but will have little to no impact for the majority of investors.
Under the existing framework, franking credits exist to ensure that the dividends paid by companies to shareholders are effectively taxed at the marginal rate of the shareholder. As such, credits are passed through to the...
on 13 February 2019
January 2019 Review - Share markets bounce back strongly
A strong recovery on global equity markets over January saw approximately half of the December quarter decline reversed. Highlights for the month were as follows:
A significant bounce back occurred across all major world share markets.
Bond yields continued to drift lower as the U.S. Federal Reserve appeared to soften its stance.
Lower bond yields resulted in significant gains on listed property and infrastruc...
Posted by Rhodes Docherty
on 11 December 2018
The retail sector is experiencing a dramatic shake up with massive growth in online shopping indicating a shift in how consumers interact with products, sales and spaces.
Recent figures speak for themselves. Domestic online sales represented more than 50% of 2017 total retail sales growth in Australia as opposed to three years ago when they accounted for less than 10%.i
This rapid growth is staggering in a sector that has otherwise been sluggish of late. But what does it mean for consume...
Posted by Rhodes Docherty
on 29 July 2018
We live in dynamic times - fads, fashions and trends seem to come and go.
This is also true of small-medium businesses on average, in Australia, just over 1000 new business start-up each month.
Even more alarming is the fact that according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 60% of small businesses will cease operating within the first 3 years of them starting.
So, it's refreshing and comforting to come across a business that has weathered the storm while gain...