Whether you are still relaxing on your summer break or back at work, we hope you and your families have a happy and successful year ahead.
As a new year begins, it is always valuable to look in the rear-view mirror at the year behind us to see how we got here and if there are lessons to be learned.
It was not the result investors hoped for, but the late pullback in global financial markets in 2018 was more a sign of uncertainty and unfinished business than the state of the global economy. In this snapshot, we review 2018 and the issues that weighed on investors’ minds. From US interest rates to the US-China trade stand-off, Brexit, falling commodity prices, Australian political uncertainty and falling house prices, there was plenty to divert attention from solid economic gains.
Getting the right balance
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s Federal Budget 2017 was different to the first budget of the Coalition and marked a significant shift in tone from the tough stance of its three previous budgets.
Gone is the mantra of debt and deficit.
Instead the Treasurer has balanced the government’s resolve to live within its means with promises to tackle the cost of living and provide the services people need to get ahead.
Autumn has arrived after a flurry of economic data on the home front during February. The company reporting season for the six months to December was extremely positive overall, confirming that corporate Australia is in good shape. READ MORE HERE
Summer’s here and the countdown to the holidays begins in earnest. After such an eventful year on the global political and economic front, investors will no doubt be looking forward to some time out to relax with family and friends. READ MORE HERE
Spring is here, time to put your winter woollies away for another year and get into the great outdoors. If you are in need of inspiration, the recent Olympic Games and the Paralympics about to begin have something for everyone.READ MORE HERE
After a sizzling end to summer we can now look forward to some cooler weather. Autumn is a perfect time of year to get back into the garden or to simply make the most of the great outdoors before winter arrives.READ MORE HERE
Spring is here and not a moment too soon! As the weather warms up it’s the signal to pack away your winter woollies, get back into the garden or start a new fitness program and start planning your summer holidays. READ MORE HERE.