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2018

Update on recent sharemarket volatility

On Friday last week the Australian sharemarket (S&P/ASX 200) closed down by 2.8% in response to a falling US sharemarket. What factors have driven the sell-off? The fall in Australian and offshore equity markets since the start of October can be attributed to a number of factors: The trade tensions Read more…

2018

Australian sharemarket still on the rise

By Tim Schroeders, Investment Research Department – Australian Unity Personal Financial Services The Australian sharemarket finished the 2017/18 financial year with a solid gain of 13%. A favourable global macro-economic backdrop provided the tailwind for this result, in particular: Our inflation remains benign at 1.9%. Our unemployment is steady at Read more…

2018

What can you expect from investment markets in 2018?

By Jeff Mitchell, Head of Investment Research, Australian Unity Personal Financial Services 2017 was another solid year for investment returns with stock markets around the world generally moving higher. Synchronous global growth was somewhat of a catchphrase for 2017 with global economic growth accelerating for the first time since 2014. Read more…