Quantitative Easing has been the order of the day for most of the major global economies. Increasing bank liquidity is meant to stimulate consumer and business lending. But for the US, things haven’t quite gone to plan.
With so much of our lives contained in the digital world these days, consider what happens to that information following our demise. Here are some suggestions on how to include digital assets in your estate planning.
Jeremy Cooper answers a question from one of our subscribers about the risk profile, regulatory standards and track record of lifetime annuities. If you have something to add, we invite you to join the debate.
Retirees should consider the best mix of capital preservation, income variability and income requirements, and then be shown how these can be traded against each other with varying degrees of probability.
Buying long-term bonds at yields below historical inflation rates is asking for trouble, despite the recent rises in bond rates. Even QE policymakers have their doubts.
Australian 10 year bond rates, once yielding 5% less than PIIGS countries Italy and Spain, are now trading at the same rates. Surely we are not squealing down at their level.
Too busy? We need to be motivated to take the time and space to look for a vision of the future, where we can drive growth in our businesses by stimulating demand. Or face the consequences of stagnation.
Let’s celebrate the positive effects of a floating exchange rate and the way it adjusts to make economic policy more effective. With some exceptions, a floating currency acts as a shock absorber to cushion volatility.
There’s as good a record as any, from the father of modern superannuation. The start of national superannuation was 4 September 1985, not seven years later when the superannuation guarantee started.
Confidence is important but can be misleading in terms of what is actually going on. Our emotions, which make us human, need to be balanced by facts, especially when we think times are grim.
A presentation or panel discussion is time well-spent if you can extract one new idea, and in Boston, a few were surprisingly original, including that it is better to think of the economy as a biological organism.
For many Asian families, getting money into safe haven countries often takes precedence over what to do with the money when it gets there. This year the hot fad was Australian residential property.
Chairman of Westpac, Lyndsay Maxsted, was refreshingly open at a recent Morningstar retail conference, and Kerr Neilson pleaded with investors to control their emotional responses to markets and stay the course.
In theory, improving prospects for economic growth and company earnings should be good for share prices. Nice theory, but not in the real world.
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