Financial PlannersNews Chinese Consumer Shifts Affect Your Investment With Financial Planning

Can Chinese Consumer Shifts Affect Your Investment?

Financial planning encompasses a number of factors. The economies of Perth, WA, Australia and the world could play an important role in how your investments perform. Recently, Andy Gardner, the Australian Resources Analyst on the AMP Capital Fundamental Equities team, wrote a post on the AMP Capital blog exploring the connection between Chinese consumer habits and the Australian economy.

The post was called, “The Chinese consumer shift to experience over ‘things.’” We would like to provide you with some of the highlights.

How Chinese Consumer Attitudes can Affect Australia

Mr Gardner sees a connection between changing Chinese consumer attitudes and the Australian economy. For his broad conclusions, Mr Gardner believes that the Chinese and many others across the globe are beginning to value experiences over material products.*

Mr Gardner sees this trend resulting in a boost for the Australian economy in the tourism, education and housing sectors as Chinese Nationals will be more likely to come to Australia and those who immigrate here will need housing and education.*

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Financial PlannersNews Investment Market Review By Financial Planning Advisers

Investment Market Review for 2015 and Outlook for 2016

The financial planning advisers in our Perth office would like to provide a quick review of 2015 and what it may mean to you in 2016. We are going to provide some information for you courtesy of Dr Shane Oliver, who is the Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy and Economics of our parent company, AMP Capital.

On 21 January 2016, Dr Oliver wrote an article on the AMP Capital blog called, “2016 – A list of lists regarding the macro investment outlook.” The article covered many facets of the economy and how they performed last year. We are going to give you a look at some of the highlights.*

2015: What Happened?

2015 provided mixed returns for investors. Monetary conditions “remained easy” while the global economy saw mild growth. However, global markets did suffer from a variety of fears, such as dropping commodity prices, China being in the forefront of a possible emerging market crisis, the first interest rate hike in the US over seven years and Australia continuing a “soft” pattern of growth.*

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Financial PlannersNews Financial Planning January Sharemarket Drop

What Happened with the January Sharemarket Drop?

2016 greeted investment planning professionals in Perth and across Australia with bad news as the global sharemarket dropped sharply on the first trading day. Chinese shares were down around 7%, European shares lost around 3% and US shares dropped 2.7% before rallying to a loss of 1.5% by the end of the trading day.*

So, what happened? Shane Oliver, Head of the Investment Strategy Team and Chief Economist for AMP Capital, addressed it in a piece on the AMP Capital blog called “Rough start – What’s happened in markets?”*

According to Mr Oliver, market volatility is being driven by insecurity about Chinese growth potential, increased tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia and manufacturing data from the US resulting in their drop in the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Conditions Index for December.*

Mr Oliver’s Food for Thought

Mr Oliver reminded investors to consider and “keep in mind.” Here is the condensed version.*

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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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Financial PlannersNews Resilient Equity Portfolio With Financial Planning

Financial Planning in Perth: Do You Have a Resilient Equity Portfolio?

We offer a wide range of financial planning services in Perth. Recently, our parent company, AMP Capital, published its monthly “Insight Paper” on the AMP Capital company blog. The blog post featured three AMP Capital executives discussing how to develop a resilient equity portfolio. *

The discussion was based on research being conducted at AMP Capital with “building resilience in your equity portfolio” as a theme. AMP Capital shared the results on their blog to demonstrate what they are currently doing to “strengthen clients’ portfolios to make them fit for the future.” According to the article, technology is “disrupting” the practices of many businesses and the market is “becoming more competitive.” This makes it necessary for investment managers to “differentiate (themselves) through research.” *

According to Dr Ian Woods, who is the Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Research” for AMP Capital, investors need to be aware of the impact that policy and regulatory options implemented by governments have on their portfolios. Dr Woods elaborated, using climate change risk as an example. *

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Financial PlannersNews Pitfalls of DIY Financial Planning

The Pitfalls of DIY Financial Planning

Do you want to do your own financial planning? We don’t provide individual advice online or on this blog, but we can provide you with some questions to ask yourself if you are thinking about doing your own financial planning.

Do You Understand Finance?

At Approved Financial Planners, we are licensed through AMP Financial Planning Pty Limited. Not only do we have 40 years’ combined experience in financial planning, we had to learn a lot about finance to obtain licences. We live and breathe finance.

Do You Have the Resources of a Financial Planner?

We have the full resources of AMP behind us. We have near-immediate access to research that those who aren’t “in the business” may not be able to find. From the financial planner you talk to in our Perth office to the AMP Chief Economist, Dr Shane Oliver, we have access to information and insight that is difficult for those who don’t work with finances every day to access and assimilate.

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Insurance ProtectionNews Total and Permanent Disability Insurance

Total and Permanent Disability Insurance: Business vs Personal

Total and permanent disability insurance is designed to help protect individuals and businesses from the severe consequences of a permanent disability that makes someone unable to ever return to work. While most people are aware of its personal use and coverage, many are unaware that TPD can also be used to protect their business in the case of a permanent disablement to a key member of the staff.

Covering Your Business

Total and permanent disability insurance can be used by business owners to cover their losses or expenses if an important team member becomes totally disabled and is unlikely to ever work again. The consequences of a permanent disability to a key person can include the loss of income and productivity. It can also cost a lot to replace them and train that replacement.

Coverage levels can be difficult to work out because there are so many factors involved. Skill level, training time, loss of productivity and loss of market leverage are all important considerations. Your insurance provider has access to formulas that are accepted across the industry to help you determine what coverage is appropriate.

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Financial PlannersNews Financial Planning in Perth

Is Financial Planning “Only for Rich People”?

When our financial planning professionals talk to people in our Perth office, we occasionally talk to people who have the opinion that “financial planning is only for rich people.” At Approved Financial Planners, we have the backing of our parent company, AMP Capital. Here is what they have to say about how financial advice can be helpful to you, no matter where you are on the financial ladder.*

Helping You Attain Your Financial Goals

No matter where you are on the “ladder,” your financial goals are going to be unique. Whether you are planning your retirement or just trying to take your current situation to the next level, you can find help from Approved Financial Planners. A financial adviser can function as another set of eyes and help give you a different perspective on your individual financial situation and what you need to do to achieve your goals.*

Why Advice Can Be Helpful

A financial planner can be like your own, personal “money coach.” They have access to information and expertise that can help you figure out where you want to go and how to get there. It’s never too early to start; the faster you start, the faster it is possible to attain your goals.*

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Mortgage BrokingNews Mortgage Broking and Financial Planning in Perth

Where do You Put Your Extra Money: Your Super or Your Mortgage?

Because we offer both mortgage broking and financial planning to our Perth area clientele, we are in a unique position to answer a question that a lot of people have: is it better to put your extra money in your super or your mortgage?

Recently, this issue was discussed on news.com.au in an article called, “Weigh your super and mortgage to see where it’s best to put your money.” In the article, some industry experts were quoted about various strategies to figure out where to put your extra money. *

At Approved Financial Planners, we aren’t allowed to provide anything on this blog that constitutes or can be interpreted as “individual advice.” All advice has to be given on an individual basis. This is usually done in person, after we gather some basic information from you.

The article we described above is a perfect example of why advice is best given in person after becoming acquainted with your financial situation. The only thing the “experts” seemed to agree upon is that there isn’t any “silver bullet” answer.*

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Financial PlannersNews Financial Information If Getting A Divorce

Getting Divorced? This Information Could be Valuable to Your Financial Future.

We are biased, but we think Perth is the best place to live in Australia. However, even Perth isn’t immune to marriages ending in divorce. While it is important to have the right divorce lawyer, it is also important to have the right financial planner.

According to a recent blog post by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), one out of three marriages will end in divorce, after an average period of 12.2 years. The average age of divorce for men is 44.1 years, while the average age for women is 41.5 years.*

The FPA notes that in the absence of a prenuptial agreement, known as a BFA or binding financial agreement, the distribution of assets is negotiated. The longer and more deeply lawyers are involved, the more of your assets end up being paid as legal fees. The FPA recommends an “amicable asset split agreement” whenever possible.*

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