What a difference a year makes. In recent months, Australian shares hit a record high, the Aussie dollar dipped to levels not seen since the GFC and interest rates were cut to historic lows.
Towards the end of 2018, shares were in the doldrums and while experts agreed the Aussie dollar would go lower most tipped the next move in interest rates would be up.
All of which goes to show that when it comes to predicting financial markets, the only sure thing is uncertainty. There's no avoidin...
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 infrastructu...
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 shar...
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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 infrastructure marke...