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Investment commentary June 2017

How do you make sure your money can last you throughout your retirement? Should you focus on investments that provide high income, or preserving capital? Learn more.

Investment commentary April 2017

Is cash 'safer'? Did you know investing in just cash might end up being risky from a long-term perspective. It’s important to understand that volatility is not the same as risk. Investment expert Michael Winchester explains why.

Investment commentary March 2017

Investor sentiment is much more positive today than 12 months ago. So what can we learn from the past year? Investment strategy expert Michael Winchester gives some tips about what a long-term strategy really means in practice.

Investment commentary February 2017

Property prices have dominated headlines for more than a decade now, but what’s been the impact of housing construction on the Australian economy? Acting Chief Investment Officer Michael Winchester explains.

Investment commentary January 2017

If 2016 was the year of political surprises, what will 2017 hold? StatePlus Investment Strategist Michael Winchester discusses what to expect for commodity prices, interest rates and bond yields.

Investment commentary December 2016

Markets shrug off political surprises to finish 2016 on an even keel. Chief Investment Officer Damian Graham reviews the past year and what could affect your investments in 2017.

Investment commentary November 2016

Will the Trump presidency affect your investments? Markets may now be volatile for some time. Chief Investment Officer Damian Graham explains why it’s so important to stay diversified.

Investment commentary October 2016

Australia enters a new era as RBA Governor Glenn Stevens bows out after 10 years. What lies ahead? How are current oil prices affecting inflation? Hear from Chief Investment Officer Damian Graham.

Investment commentary September 2016

Will we see a US interest rate hike before the end of the year? What are the key take-outs from the Australian reporting season? Hear from Chief Investment Officer Damian Graham.

Investment commentary August 2016

How did investors respond to the RBA interest rate cut in early August? Hear Chief Investment Officer Damian Graham talk about the Australian and global economic outlook in the current low interest rate environment.

Investment commentary July 2016

It looks like markets are facing increased volatility and moderate economic growth in the year ahead. Chief Investment Officer Damian Graham wraps up the 2016 financial year and looks at what’s ahead.

Investment commentary June 2016

Shares and fixed income markets improved in May though some markets are looking a bit expensive. But all eyes are on the US and Britain at the moment. Find out why.

Investment commentary April 2016

Share markets have turned around dramatically. Find out from Chief Investment Officer Damian Graham how you should be responding to this.

Investment commentary March 2016

It’s not all doom and gloom. We’re seeing signs of an improving economic environment over the next few months. How do you ride out this uncertainty? Find out from Damian Graham...

Investment commentary February 2016

How should you be thinking about your investments in today’s environment? Find out why it’s so important to diversify and learn more about how what’s happening in markets in Australia and around the world…

Investment commentary January 2016

The first few weeks of 2016 have been marked by an increase in share market volatility and continuing concerns about the Chinese economy. But as we look around the world there’s much to be optimistic about.

Investment commentary November 2015

As the year draws to a close investors are looking ahead to 2016 with mixed feelings. The growth outlook is generally improving across the major economies although there are some concerns about China.

Investment commentary October 2015

Damian Graham gives an update on how Australian and other key markets performed in October. He also looks at China’s new five year economic plan.

Investment commentary August 2015

August saw significant weakness in share markets globally as investors became wary of the potential for Chinese economic growth to slow at a greater rate then previously expected.

Investment commentary July 2015

In July we saw some significant moves in equity markets, and bond yields generally fell. The most spectacular moves were in China, where the extraordinary bull market of the last year met with a sharp correction.

Investment commentary June 2015

Two major events dominated headlines in June – the breakdown in negotiations over the Greek debt bailout, and the sharp correction in the Chinese equity markets. Volatility across markets increased and investors saw losses on most growth assets, and on some bond portfolios, as yields shifted higher.

Investment commentary May 2015

In May we saw weakness in Australian bank shares and another rate cut from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Mediocre economic data ...

Investment commentary April 2015

In April we saw significant reversals in the key trends of the last 12 months, with the oil price rising significantly and the US dollar falling. With the gradual ...

Investment commentary March 2015

The strong returns in February did not continue into March. The Australian market closed the month flat, while global shares were mixed. Central bank policy ...