It was a year of extremes, with shares hitting record highs and interest rates at historic lows. Yet all in all, 2019 delivered far better returns than Australian investors dared hope for at the start of the year.
For the first time in years, the planets seem to be aligning for homebuyers and property investors. Interest rates are falling, property prices largely appear to be stabilising and constraints on bank mortgage lending have been relaxed.
Compulsory superannuation has been around for 26 years, long enough to become a valuable source of retirement income. But even though the vast majority of us have money tucked away in a super account, it’s surprising how many myths and misconceptions there are about super.
It’s been a decade since the market crash known as the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) rocked the investment world. At the time investors could only watch in disbelief as 50% was wiped off the value of their shares.
You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by now. In the space of eight years they’ve gone from a geeky novelty to big business and investors are beginning to take note.