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Market Updates

In 2018 global growth was good, profits were up, inflation was benign and monetary conditions were relatively easy. It should have been good for markets. Despite continued volatility, 2019 is likely to be better for diversified investors than 2018 was. A recession is unlikely and so too is a long and deep bear market in shares. Dr Shane Oliver was again motivated to provide a summary of key insights and views on the investment outlook in simple point form. In other words, a list of lists.
January 17th 2019
2018 was a pretty rough year for investors. Australian stocks ended the year 6.9% lower, their worst calendar year since 2011. It’s too early to say whether or not the Santa Rally we experienced represents a bottoming in markets. But as we begin the New Year, it’s probably a good time to review why I think that the current sell-off is still likely to be part of a ‘’gummy’’ bear market (like 2011), rather than a “deep grizzly” bear market like the one we saw during the global financial crisis (GFC). What should investors do? What are the opportunities for the prepared?
January 15th 2019
An update from Invest Blue and AMP regarding market volatility and corrections in December 2018.
December 18th 2018
The Fed has raised fund rates another 0.25%, targeting a range of 2.25-2.5%. While this activity was anticipated by markets, the Fed was a little harsher than expected, resulting in a sell-off of shares. What is the reasoning behind the rate increase, and what does it mean for markets and investors?
December 21st 2018
2019 is likely to be an interesting year for the Australian economy. Some of the big drags of recent years are receding but housing is turning down, uncertainty is high around the global outlook and it’s an election year, which will add to uncertainty.
December 13th 2018
We look back at the year that has been and look forward to the year ahead. Are we going to experience another cycle extension?
December 10th 2018
The likelihood of a (grizzly) bear market remains unlikely; US, global and Australian recession remains unlikely.
November 26th 2018
13 common sense tips to help manage your finances
November 19th 2018
What does all of this activity mean for investors?
November 9th 2018
Market downturns often cause a number of emotional responses for investors; worry fear, doubt, guilt… How should we actually react and how can we avoid bad timing?
October 30th 2018
Given the current market volatility, economist Dr. Shane Oliver looks at share market valuation and its possible impact on future vulnerability. His key points: starting point valuations matters and developed market shares are not cheap, nor are they too overvalued.
October 25th 2018
What’s driving the latest plunge and the seven things investors need to keep in mind.
October 15th 2018
Falling Australian home prices. How far and for how long and what’s the impact on the economy?
October 18th 2018
What lies next for the Australian economy?
October 11th 2018
Is a major economic downturn on its way? Or are our concerns getting ahead of reality?
September 24th 2018
It’s been 10 years since we all lived through the global financial crisis. It wasn’t the first ‘crash’ and it won’t be the last. So how do we learn from these events?
September 14th 2018
A slowing housing cycle, consumer spending constraints and subdued business investment… what does all of this mean for Australian Investors?
September 11th 2018
Seven reasons to be alert but not alarmed
June 27th 2018
What risks investors need to be aware of in relation to the Trump administration and the impact on trade conflict and the expanding US budget deficit.
August 1st 2018
3 reasons not to be concerned about an Itexit
May 24th 2018
Saving a windfall with the hope of (decent) tax cuts to come
May 9th 2018
Will Australian rates ever go up?
May 4th 2018
Is this the crash that we’ve all been fearing?
April 11th 2018
Five reasons to be optimistic this year.
March 13th 2018
Everyone loves Bitcoin. But, is it really for you?
March 6th 2018
Seven reasons not to be too concerned.
February 9th 2018
What are the risks involved and how will it affect us?
February 20th 2018
AMP's Chief Economist Dr Shane Oliver looks at the recent volatility of the US stock markets and how it will impact other markets across the world.
February 7th 2018
List of lists vis-à-vis the macro investment outlook
January 31st 2018
- still in the "sweet spot" but expect more volatility ahead.
December 11th 2017
Why cautious optimism is better for your investment health than perma pessimism.
December 7th 2017
Implications for investors
October 6th 2017
Five reasons why some further pick up is likely and implications for investors.
September 27th 2017
Charts that help illuminate key aspects of investing
September 13th 2017
Lessons learned and can it happen again?
September 4th 2017
What's driving it? And what it means for economic growth and investors.
August 14th 2017
Interest rates still on hold. Why the RBA board has left the cash rate unchanged.
August 3rd 2017
Identifying market dislocations is something that requires investment expertise.
July 26th 2017
Despite global worries, last year proved to be prosperous for investors. Here are the key lessons and next year’s outlook from AMP’s Chief Economist, Dr Shane Oliver.
July 20th 2017
AMP Chief Economist Dr Shane Oliver explains the implications for investors as the Australian economy hits another rough patch.
June 15th 2017
Some great advice for investors regarding discipline, and utilising, but not relying on forecasts.
June 1st 2017
Here’s a roundup of some of the key Budget proposals put forward, and a look at how they might affect your financial goals — whether you’re starting out in your working life, building a career and family, or enjoying the fruits of your labour in retirement.
May 22nd 2017
Cash rate still on hold. What does this mean for your family?
June 7th 2017
The transformation from the austerity to end “the age of entitlement” of the 2014 budget to the “fairness, security and opportunity” of this Budget has been profound.
May 10th 2017
Are shares offering enough of a risk premium over bonds? What about rising bond yields?
May 5th 2017
Super changes - 2 things you can do now, EFT's are set to grow, megatrends impacting yields and Japanese investor behaviour.
March 14th 2017
The latest monthly business and market update from respected independent research organisation, Lonsec.
April 10th 2017
An update on global recovery outlooks, 7 investment trends to watch, and the upside of 'generation rent'.
April 20th 2017