October Economic Update

Published: October 13, 2014

Brian Parker, Head of the Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC, gives an update on markets during September. He discusses: why it was generally a disappointing month for share market investors how a range of geopolitical concerns continued to unsettle markets why the European Central Bank took further steps to boost eurozone growth why Australia’s economic […]

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September Economic Update

Published: September 17, 2014

In this video, Brian Parker, Head of Portfolio Specialists Group at MLC reviews events in markets during August. He discusses: how global share markets have continued to deliver decent returns, despite the uncertain geopolitical environment why the actions of central banks continue to be a key factor driving markets whether improvements in Australia’s non-mining economy […]

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Things you need to know about personal insurance

Published: September 16, 2014

But simple is not always cheaper, the cover may be inadequate or, worse still, may not pay out when you need it most. Underinsurance Personal insurance is a general terms for term life, total and permanent disability (TPD), trauma and income protection insurance. The reality is that even those people who think they are covered […]

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ThreeSixty Research Market Update September 2014

Published: September 10, 2014

  The Pulse Heightened geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East continue to dominate global equity markets. Economic growth in the US remains strong, with Q2 GDP revised upwards from 4.0% to 4.2%. European data remains weak, particularly impacted by the Ukrainian crisis.   A slowdown in Chinese economic growth in Q2 as a […]

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How will the rise in online spending affect your investments?

Published: September 5, 2014

The growth in online shopping has caused some to question how this will affect traditional retail stores, and what this effect will ultimately have on investments. In this article we examine some of the opportunities investors can consider in light of the rising trend of online shopping. Companies that are able to capture new revenue […]

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How exposed are you to Australian banks?

Published: September 5, 2014

The outlook for banks We believe that banks look fully priced for a rising market. The key weakness of the Australian banking system is a low level of deposits relative to loans. To cure this, banks are ‘overpaying’ for deposits, and it’s our view that this isn’t going to change any time soon. Indeed, this […]

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How long can interest rates remain on hold?

Published: September 5, 2014

More work to be done to stimulate the economy Rates have been reduced to help stimulate the economy. Lending rates on housing and business loans have decreased, and this has seen a pick-up in house prices, approvals to build new homes and some improvement in retail sales. However, the Australian dollar remains high, and with […]

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Don’t burn your bridges – debunking a few myths around global listed infrastructure

Published: September 5, 2014

Myth 1: Infrastructure is a boring old 'economy style' investment A common misconception is that infrastructure assets represent, for the most part, old economy style investments with little potential for growth and limited relevance to future economic needs. In reality nothing could be further from the truth. Consider some of the key global secular themes […]

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Profits and the Australian economy – not bad!

Published: September 4, 2014

The slowdown in June quarter GDP growth to just 0.5% quarter on quarter, or just 2% on a US style annualised basis, against the backdrop of weak commodity prices, the end of the mining investment boom and rising unemployment may add to consternation regarding the Australian economic outlook. And yet the local share market has […]

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Put your tax return to work

Published: August 22, 2014

Why put a lump sum into super? If you’re thinking about investing your tax return in shares or a term deposit, you may be better off putting the money into your super instead. Because you’ve already paid tax on this money, you won’t be taxed again when you put it into your super. What’s more, […]

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