Global shares rose 10% and 3.6% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Emerging markets were relative underperformers (up 2%) as their currencies remained under pressure during the month with the Australian dollar appreciating against the Chinese Yuan, Brazilian Real and others. Factors such as sizeable coronavirus outbreaks in emerging markets (excluding China) played a contributory role.
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inTouch Q2 2020
Over the last 20 years, since 1999, the percentage of Australians age 65 years or over increased from 12.3% to 15.9%.
Editorial May 2020 – Market volatility and your portfolio
Take a long-term view. Investment results tend to vary more widely when you just consider the returns over a period of one year. Ten-year returns are generally much more stable and a lot more predictable as can be seen in the chart below.
Editorial April 2020 – In times like this, we are working for you
Who would have thought Australia and indeed the world would experience such a drastic situation we all now find ourselves in with the onset of COVID-19? However, we believe that at any previous time it is now that our clients (and our fellow Australians in general) need professional, sound financial advice like never before.
Market Wrap April 2020: Flight to safety globally escalated
Global shares fell -13.4% and -8.3% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Emerging markets were relative underperformers (down -10.9%) as they were caught up in a flight to liquidity (cash) by investors seeking safe-haven assets instead. An oil price war triggered by Saudi Arabia also impacted emerging markets with their greater dependence on energy and other commodity exports.
Market Wrap March 2020: Flight to safety globally
Global shares fell -8.5% and -4.9% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Emerging markets were relative outperformers (only down -1.6%) with COVID-19 (a.k.a. coronavirus) outbreaks outside of China and their economic impact a driving concern for global share markets.
Editorial March 2020 – Having enough in retirement
At some point you will retire. Many of us hope that is sooner, rather than later.
inTouch Q1 2020
If you have retired and think the days of reviewing your financial plans are over, think again. Now is the time to review your entire plan in-line with your new lifestyle and pay particular attention to any insurance cover in place.
Market Wrap February 2020: Investor sentiment was mixed
Global shares were down -0.4% and were up 4.3% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Emerging markets were relative underperformers (up 0.1%) driven by coronavirus concerns over the impact on China.
Editorial February 2020 – Forty and Fabulous
If you are in your 40s and feeling like your financial fitness could do with an overhaul, then make 2020 the year to do it!