Investment PlanningNews Back To Baiscs Investment Planning Strategy

Investment Planning: What a “Back to Basics” Investment Strategy Could Mean for You

Debbie Alliston is the Head of Multi-Asset Portfolio Management for our parent company, AMP Capital. Her leadership is one of the many investment planning resources provided to us by AMP Capital.

In December 2015, Ms Alliston contributed an article to the AMP Capital blog called “Is it time to go back to basics?” We would like to provide you with some of the information from that article.*

Cash interest rates are low, not only in Australia but around the world. US rates are rising but the projected growth is slow. Consequently, investors may wonder how to make money in the financial markets. Bond yields are low, as are the yields in other asset classes.*

When the numbers for 2015 come in, it is expected that the equity markets will show positive performance for four consecutive years. However, the low-growth environment in financial markets has many investors unsure of future growth in the equity markets. Australian equities have produced negative earnings growth for the last three years. Ms Alliston doesn’t see it turning around until at least 2017.*

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Investment PlanningNews Too Much Internet For Investment Planning

Does Your Investment Planning Suffer from Too Much Internet?

At Approved Financial Planners, we have more than 40 years combined experience in providing investment planning help to clients in the Perth area. Now that we are working with AMP Capital, we also have their wealth of knowledge backing us in our efforts to help you maximise your investments.

Recently the AMP Capital Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy and Economics, Dr Shane Oliver, wrote about investment planning in the Internet age in his column, “Oliver’s Insights.” According to Dr Oliver, the more exposure consumers receive to information about the performance of their investments, the greater the risk of disappointment. This disappointment can cause consumers to make what Dr Oliver refers to as “poor short term investment decisions.” *

According to Dr Oliver, this risk is being “accentuated” by greater access to information about how investments are performing short term. This access often involves what Dr Oliver refers to as a “worry list…via traditional media” and apps that bring this information straight into our phones. *

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Mortgage BrokingNews Mortgage Broking in Perth

Mortgage Broking in Perth: Tips on Choosing a Home Loan

You may not know it, but mortgage broking is one of the many services we offer in our Perth area office. With the backing of AMP and AMP Capital, we are well-positioned to offer you a full menu of financial services. We would like to provide some information for you from our parent company AMP concerning how to choose the “right” home loan. *

Remember that we are prohibited by law from giving advice on this page. Financial advice must be obtained with an individual consult. But we can provide the basics of choosing a home loan for you. We hope you enjoy it.

AMP advocates thinking about these three questions in the early stages:

What kind of property do I want?
How much can I borrow?
What other benefits would I like to have from my loan?

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Financial PlannersNews Emerging Markets For Financial Planners in Perth

Financial Advisors in Perth: Do Emerging Markets Present Opportunities or Threats?

The financial advisors for our clients in the Perth area would like to discuss emerging markets with you. Recently, our parent company AMP Capital covered this on their website. We would like to provide you with some highlights from the article, written by AMP Capital Investment Strategist Callum Thomas. *

According to Mr Thomas, investor sentiment in emerging markets is deteriorating, due to somewhat softer growth in those markets. Mr Thomas questions whether or not those fears are warranted. *

A recent survey of AMP Capital fund managers determined that 75% of them perceive the possibility of an emerging market debt crisis or a recession in China to be the tail risk that causes them the most concern. *

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Financial PlannersNews Financial Planning - Unlisted Commercial Property

Financial Planning Help in Perth: Is Unlisted Commercial Property an Attractive Investment?

If you are seeking financial planning help in Perth, you may or may not be aware of Australian unlisted commercial property as an investment. Recently, Shane Oliver, the Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy and Economics with our parent company, AMP Capital, addressed unlisted commercial property in his column, “Oliver’s Insights.” *

Mr Oliver mentioned that unlisted commercial property has been generating returns of 9.5-10.5% per annum over the last six years, since the end of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). According to Mr Oliver, this is because yields have fallen due to investors in search of income bearing investments. *

According to Mr Oliver, when yields fall .25%, capital gains rise 4%. He goes on to explain that property prices rise relative to rents in what he calls a “falling yield environment.” This provides capital gains for those who invest in property. Mr Oliver goes on to note that Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts, or A-REITs, have produced capital gains of “around 13% PA over the last six years.” *

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Investment PlanningNews Real Estate as a Long Term Investment

Financial Planning in Perth: Our View of Real Estate as a Long Term Investment

We offer a full slate of financial planning services in our Perth area office. Real estate is one of many investment platforms for which we can offer assistance. Since we are affiliated with AMP Capital, we can now lean on their resources to provide you with the best in service and advice. While we can’t provide any individual advice without an individual consult, we would like to forward some information here.

Recently, on the AMP Capital blog, AMP Capital Head of Property Investment Strategy and Research Michael Kingcott wrote a piece on real estate as a long term investment. We would like to provide you with some of the highlights.

Real Estate May Outperform Equities and Bonds

According to Mr Kingcott, volatility in the capital market and “lukewarm economic momentum” is causing a “low growth environment” for equities and bonds. He feels that real estate represents a “good value compared to” equities and bonds. *

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Investment PlanningNews Perth Investment Planning - Equity Market

Investment Planning: Equity Markets Perform Stronger in Fourth Quarter

Now that we are affiliated with AMP Capital, we have access to their resources to help us provide investment planning services from our Perth area office. One of those resources is Shane Oliver, who is AMP Capital’s Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy. In a recent blog post and video, Mr Oliver addressed the performance of the equities market in the fourth quarter. We would like to share some of his points with you here.

Consumers Benefit from Low Oil Prices

According to Mr Oliver, oil prices have decreased approximately 50% since the middle of 2014. For countries who import more oil than they export, Mr Oliver sees this as good news because the prices for petrol are lower. *

Inflation Figures Low for September

Mr Oliver feels that low inflation figures in the September report, combined with the recent tightening of financial standards for property investors and owner-occupiers by the “big four” banks, may result in yet another lowering of the RBA cash interest rate for 2016. *

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NewsRetirement Planning Retirement Planning Essentials

What the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) Says About Retirement Planning

We offer full service retirement planning in our Perth office. In a recent blog post, Certified Financial Planner James McFall of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) outlined ten steps he feels are essential to a comfortable retirement. As a public service, we would like to provide the information that we think is relevant to you. Remember, though, that we can only provide financial advice via a personal, one on one consult.

Retirement Planning Essentials

The FPA advocates identifying what it is that you value the most in life. After you have done this, they recommend prioritising what is important to you and then creating a list of firm goals which can be turned into a financial plan. *

According to Mr McFall, your superannuation fund is probably going to be your biggest retirement asset. He likens it to a “tax haven, but…legal.” *

The next step is to determine how much you can save and use that amount to make your plans. Mr McFall reminds that savings and home equity are available for investment and that you may consider investing either or both. He also feels that it is important to take full advantage of tax laws to lower your liability. *

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NewsSuperannuation Fund Understanding Superannuation in Australia

Understanding Superannuation

One of the many financial services we offer at Approved Financial Planners is help with your superannuation fund. Whether you choose self managed superannuation or any of the super funds available to you, we can provide sound financial advice.

How Superannuation Works

Money is placed into your superannuation account, also known as a “super account” or “super,” by you, your employer or both. The money in your super fund is then invested with the intent of it growing in time, even though it will occasionally return a negative result for the year. *

As a super grows, the money that was earned is reinvested and also earns a return; this helps your balance grow even more. On member contributions for which you claimed a tax deduction or on contributions from your employer, your tax is only 15% of any contribution up to $30,000 per year. The $30,000 limit is known as “concessional contributions cap.” *

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NewsSuperannuation Fund Lost Superannuation Account

Do You Have a Lost Superannuation Account?

According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), approximately six million superannuation accounts or “supers” were “lost” in 2014. The accounts were valued at more than $16 billion. (1)

These accounts, however, can be “found.” The proper account holder merely needs to claim the account. There is a chance that you have a lost super that you don’t know about. (2)

There are a lot of Australians who own more than one superannuation account. Each of these funds has its own charges and fees. According to our parent company, AMP Capital, you may have money scattered across multiple supers, both active and lost. This could cost you thousands of dollars over the part of your lifetime you spend working. The good news: you can save thousands of dollars by finding a lost super or supers and consolidating them into one account. (

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