November 17, 2016

What the US Election Means for Investors

Instant Reaction The financial markets responded to the news of the U.S. presidential election. The Mexican peso soared, then plunged; European currencies and gold bullion rose; and Japan’s Nikkei Index plummeted. (Then again, the Nikkei plummets  pretty much every month.) Should investors take action? Hindsight urges yes. Under the Reagan presidency, fierce anti-inflation policies tamed inflation that had been sabotaging asset prices for the previous 15 years. Treasury bonds enjoyed their best performance in forever, and stocks kicked off a historic bull market. The contrast with the Ford/Carter years was dramatic. Wall Street was reinvigorated and tens of millions of Americans […]
November 10, 2016

Your next holiday destination – why not swap?

House swapping has become a hugely popular option for affordable holiday accommodation across the world. You might remember the movie, “The Holiday” starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. Two women are experiencing relationship problems so they exchange their houses for a holiday away from men. Kate swaps her quaint English cottage for Cameron’s LA mansion. Both love the extreme differences but, of course, there are men everywhere they go! (It ends happily ever after.) In the ten years since that movie debuted, house swapping has taken the world by storm. It’s no longer a way to escape from our problems, […]
November 3, 2016

A guide to planning for aged care

When the time comes to consider aged care, where do you start, what options do you have and will you be able to afford it? The latest Intergenerational Report tells us that Australians aged 65 years and over accounted for 14% of the population – and that figure is rising. Whether you’re concerned about your future self or a loved one, aged care is an issue most of us will have to manage at some time in our lives. At the time of Federation, Australians at birth had an average life expectancy of around 50 years. The most common causes […]