18 Mar 2020

Extreme Market Volatility as a result of the COVID-19

The accepted professional practice through these sorts of market bending events is to hold and ride the wave(s), try not to think in terms of 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months - and look beyond 3 years, i.e. what do we ima...

30 Sep 2019

History proves time and time again that the stocks with the most upside priced in, likely fall the farthest. We see this effect in every market, including real estate and commodities.

In markets today, we are seeing some lofty valuations, as investors chase prices up, i...

1 Mar 2019

Investors will inevitably endure uncertainty in the short-term. If you’re new to investing, then you’ve likely heard tales of “underwhelming” returns, or horror stories of investors losing large sums of capital. You may have also heard some fantastical stories of peopl...

1 Feb 2019

Between the age of 20 and 30, most of us are just getting ourselves sorted; employment may be erratic, study could still be demanding, and life in general will be “distracting”. By our early 30’s, careers and families are cemented and we’re now in a pattern (of sorts)....

1 Jan 2019

Now is not the time to be selling or shying away from good investments. It’s a time for buying, with a cautious eye. Assets that provide us with daily liquidity are volatile, principally because “Business” is always shifting. Good management plan for highs and lows & t...

1 Aug 2018

How would you like to see your spending in retirement?

The Westpac Massey Financial Education Centre has just released its updated annual Retirement Expenditure Guidelines, showing that for a two-person household of over 65 year-olds, the cost of a "No Frills" lifestyle...

31 Jan 2018

US Tax Cuts – a global consequence...

A year on and the ‘Reality TV’ resident of the White House will be pleased with the exuberance his short term tax incentive is receiving from the Financial Markets. It’s stimulatory and it likely gives more room for the Federal Rese...

1 Jan 2018

I was fascinated when reading a recent research paper, which canvassed 161 pan-European Pension Scheme Managers, with more than 1.71 Trillion under management. The survey was followed up by interviews with thirty senior executives to obtain their detailed insights. Bro...

30 Sep 2017

Following a recent presentation, I thought to grab a couple of very quick snippets. These are both very good examples of past returns reflecting what we can expect for tomorrow – not specifically in terms of the result, but in terms of the journey.

The first image refle...

1 Sep 2017

The culture of large asset gatherers (banks) is very different to small advisory firms. Often both will have some very good people working for them, but generally front line staff in the larger institutions won’t have any say over policy or procedure.

As a small busines...

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