2014-15 Federal Budget Summary

Published: May 14, 2014

1. Superannuation 1.1 Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate – Change to increase schedule Proposed effective date 1 July 2014 The Government will change the schedule for increasing the SG rate. SG contributions are the compulsory super contributions made by employers into the super accounts of eligible employees. The current SG rate is 9.25%. The SG rate […]

Read more

Market Update – April 2014

Published: April 17, 2014

Download Market Watch – April edition and read the full report. (319 KB file) In this edition: The public jury is out on Japan’s bold plan to awaken its economy – on the ground sentiment is optimistic. A success and some set-backs surrounding the US stimulus unwind. Domino’s Pizza continues its global expansion into Japan. […]

Read more

Market Watch – March 2014

Published: March 13, 2014

Download Market Watch – March edition and read the full report. (211 KB file) In this edition: It will pay to look at the composition of China’s economic growth, rather than focus on the final number. Reinvesting dividends lifts total returns for share investors above the price index. Corporate reporting season results in good surprises. […]

Read more

Market Watch – February 2014

Published: February 20, 2014

Click here to download Market Watch – February edition and read the full report. (785 KB file) This edition: With time, wealth grows for those who remain committed to their long-term strategies. Status quo for the A$ is expected to be down down. We would argue that the prospects for emerging markets are superior to […]

Read more

Market Watch – January 2014

Published: January 15, 2014

Download Market Watch – January edition and read the full report. (1MB file) This edition: The year ahead should be positive for investment markets as monetary conditions remain easy and global growth picks up We explore what to look out for in 2014 Can gold reverse last year’s 28% decline or are further falls in […]

Read more

Market Watch – November edition

Published: December 11, 2013

Download Market Watch – November edition and read the full report. In this edition: It has been a good year for this year’s big economic news stories. Spotlight shifts to the non-mining sectors of economy and whether they will start to fill the void left by the mining slowdown. Upcoming key decisions for US policy […]

Read more

Market Watch – October edition

Published: November 6, 2013

Download Market Watch – October edition and read the full report. In this edition: World’s attention shifts to China and the forthcoming third plenary session. [1 min*] Portfolio manager Jonathan Reyes talks about infrastructure stock Transurban. [1 min*] The pressure eases on Australian dollar for the time being. [30 sec*] Europe faces an assessment of […]

Read more

Market Watch – September edition

Published: October 8, 2013

Download Market Watch – September edition and read the full report. In this edition: A look at the stance of central banks around the globe. [1 min*] Chancellor Angela Merkel secures a resounding victory in the German national election. [1 min*] US political gridlock may unnerve investors.  [30 sec*] Best known for its coatings and adhesives, […]

Read more

Market Watch – August edition

Published: September 5, 2013

Download Market Watch – August edition and read the full report. In this edition: Potential shifts in policies after the Federal Elections may impact various aspects of the market. [1 min*] Ongoing global government debt issues present investment opportunities in corporate bonds. [1 min*] The 17 countries that share the euro currency deliver the first positive […]

Read more

Market Watch – July edition

Published: August 12, 2013

Download Market Watch – July edition and read the full report. In this edition: The shift in investor focus should be on what is most important; the improvement in the US economy. [1 min*] Arguably the latest batch of positive economic data is reflected in corporate earnings season. [1 min*] While the US Federal Reserve communications are […]

Read more