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2015/16 Federal Budget

by Mark Causer

Last night Joe Hockey released his second Federal Budget (2015/16).  By all accounts, this was somewhat boring Budget, due mainly to the lack of surprises given many of the Budget initiatives were released (in detail) in the days leading up to Budget night.

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May 13, 2015
 


Blistering start to 2015 - The Australian market rallied over 10% or 600 points in January and February. 

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April 17, 2015
 


In the financial advice world, there are several ‘moving parts’, that when brought together, form the basis for a sound financial planning outcome.

One key component is ensuring that the investment recommendations provided to clients incorporate investments that are spread across a diverse selection of underlying investments, broadly in line with the client’s risk profile (i.e. their attitude to loss of capital and underperforming a specific benchmark).

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April 17, 2015
 


Within the next week or two, the European Central Bank (ECB) will look to start buying government debt as part of previously announced €$1.1 trillion plus stimulus package. In the background, the ECB has warned Greece that it cannot rely on it to help the country with short-term debt – and Greece has a lot of it.

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March 11, 2015
 


The past quarter in financial markets has seen moderate investment returns for the broader Australian Equities market, while its International counterparts performed materially better. This continued market and investment return volatility looks like the new ‘norm’ for now. 

In an attempt to maximise the current market backdrop, Financial Keys recently caught up with Perpetual to discuss the merits of investing into what we call a Long / Short investment vehicle.

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March 5, 2015
 


2015: the year ahead

by Mark Causer

Looking from above, 2014 was indeed yet another busy year for global economies – there was a lot going on all around the world and astute investors and their advisers were able to make modest returns, while many of the benchmark indexes told a different story – one of poor or even negative returns. There were of course several shining lights.

But that was 2014!

For 2015, Financial Keys has a view and we will continue our research process, speaking with other investment professionals and investment managers to understand their positions and then take the best of this information and use this as part of our ongoing review process. We do not hide the fact that there may well be macro and micro events that we might miss, but at this early stage, this is our most valid opinion on what will drive markets in 2015.

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January 12, 2015
 


Dr Shane Oliver shares his thoughts on the year that has passed and on the year ahead.

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December 29, 2014
 


Life Cycle of a CEO

by Mark Causer

When Financial Keys ‘interviews’ an investment manager to form part of its investment stable, a lot of time is spent researching the skill set, background, track record and general overall performance of the manager. One area that Financial Keys looks at closely is each manager’s qualitative ‘screening’ techniques on what they look at when selecting underlying investment.

One investment manager that Financial Keys has researched recently, Perpetual, looks closely at the life cycle of the CEO when trying to understand if their company is worth investing into.

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November 25, 2014
 


Who has the time to research all the banks in the market for their loans, let alone understand each one of their loan products? You could spend weeks if not months searching for the best deal that ultimately may or may not meet your needs and probably come away even more confused than when you started.

This is why many people simply head straight to their bank when it comes time to apply for a home loan or any other finance for that matter. Is this the smartest thing to do? Many experts warn, that you may be missing out on significant savings and benefits if you do.

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October 28, 2014
Category: Latest News and Property
 


After strong growth in global share markets from June until August, September and early October saw markets retreat. Is this the beginning of a bear market or simply a market correction?

From an investment market cycle perspective, it would seem that it is a market correction, as there does not appear to be extremely over-valued stocks, investor euphoria, overheated economic conditions or other typical symptoms that precede a major bear market.

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October 28, 2014
 


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