What’s in store for 2014?

Published: March 31, 2014

Dr. Shane Oliver shares his thoughts on interest rates, the death of car manufacturing in Australia and the opportunities for investment markets this year. Read on for some insightful answers. Why are interest rates so low and do you expect to see rates increase this year? The interest rates we now have are necessary to […]

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Access your finances on the move

Published: March 31, 2014

AMP’s digital tools can help you take control of your money and own your tomorrow Technology is changing the way we live. Whether it’s buying our groceries or finding out what’s happening in the world, we expect instant access. And it’s no different when it comes to our money. At AMP we’re helping you access […]

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Common myths and mistakes of investing

Published: March 27, 2014

The increasingly complex nature of investment markets leads many to adopt simple rules of thumb often based on common sense, when making investment decisions. Unfortunately though, the forward looking nature of investment markets means such approaches often cause investors to miss out on opportunities at best or lose money at worst. This note reviews some […]

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The Australian economy – looking beyond the gloom

Published: March 6, 2014

February seemed full of bad news in Australia with layoffs coming from various companies including Toyota, Alcoa and Qantas, unemployment rising to 6% and very poor business investment intentions. And yet, the share market rose 4.2% last month and has had two good years and December quarter GDP growth even perked up a bit. So […]

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Busting the super myths

Published: December 12, 2013

Myth 1 – Super is a type of investment. Wrong. Super is a tax-effective way to save for your retirement. Within super you can invest in different types of investments—or asset classes—with different levels of risk and return. Myth 2 – I have no control over my super. Wrong. Super is your money and, while […]

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The morning after the night before

Published: December 12, 2013

It’s always the same. You’ve hit it too hard over the festive season and come New Year’s Day you feel like a wreck. The physical hangover is the easy bit—pop a vitamin, brew a strong pot of coffee and get some rest. But it’s the emotional and financial hangover that can take longer to shift. […]

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Low rates, high expectations

Published: December 12, 2013

What’s behind the increasing hope about the recovery in non-mining sector growth? The mining boom has largely run its course and there’s been a lot of uncertainty about what that means for the Australian economy, with some predicting a recession. Fortunately, the Reserve Bank has cut interest rates quite aggressively, leading to a pick-up in […]

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Be prepared!

Published: December 12, 2013

The recent bushfires in New South Wales have had a devastating effect, with insurance losses so far estimated at more than $183 million.[1] While loss of life has fortunately been minimal, many people have suffered the loss of their home and priceless memories. By 2020, the annual cost of bushfires is estimated to rise to […]

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Breaking the mould

Published: December 12, 2013

Today’s modern family is almost unrecognisable from traditional households, according to the latest AMP.NATSEM report. 1 Life is more complex, family structures are more varied and the challenges of the modern age are placing ever greater pressure on the way we live. Today’s modern family usually starts with a couple living together before marriage, perhaps […]

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MySuper is coming!

Published: December 12, 2013

The government’s MySuper reforms take effect from 1 January 2014. If you haven’t made an active investment choice about where to invest your retirement savings, your employer will be required to pay your super contributions into a MySuper offering from 1 January 2014. What’s MySuper about? Currently, when you join a super fund, you can […]

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