Markets love certainty, but what happens next?

April 2, 2024
Financial markets can be like finely tuned racehorses, poised to gallop ahead under ideal conditions but often highly reactive to unexpected events. It’s often said that the markets love certainty. Investors feel more confident when economic conditions are stable and predictable. But certainty in financial conditions is never a sure thing. Uncertainty is always just…

Investing mistakes to avoid

February 9, 2024
Investing successfully and improving your investment portfolio can be as much about minimising mistakes as trying to pick the ‘next big thing’. It’s all about taking a calm and considered approach and not blindly following trends or hot tips. Let’s delve into some of the most prevalent investment mistakes and look at the principles that…
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Your investing style – as unique as you

July 1, 2022
As interest rates start to increase after a lengthy period of historical lows, it’s a good time to think about how your money is working for you and whether your investing style and strategy is still in line with your goals. Higher interest rates don’t just send a ripple through the economy, aside from the…

The Road Ahead for Shares

April 29, 2022
Trying to time investment markets is difficult if not impossible at the best of times, let alone now. The war in Ukraine, rising inflation and interest rates and an upcoming federal election have all added to market uncertainty and volatility. At times like these investors may be tempted to retreat to the ‘’safety” of cash,…

Investing on facts not FOMO

January 13, 2022
Prices for property, cryptocurrencies and shares have all hit records recently. While great news for investors, there’s always a risk that some people will jump into the market because they are afraid of missing out on easy money. FOMO, or the fear of missing out, has always been around on financial markets, but social media…
2021 in review

2021 Year in Review

January 11, 2022
There are no prizes for guessing what dominated the economic landscape in 2021. For the second year running, the pandemic was the focus for policy makers, markets, businesses, and individuals alike. The year began with hopes that the rollout of vaccines around the globe would stem the spread of COVID-19 and allow economies to reopen….
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Investing in inflation

December 2, 2021
Inflation appears to be firmly on the rise and while that is bad news for consumers it’s not necessarily bad news for investors. In fact, inflation may provide new opportunities. In the September quarter, the consumer price index (CPI) rose 3 per cent year on year, a level previously not forecast to be reached until…
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How to build a bulletproof income portfolio – Livewire

October 5, 2021
As a part of Livewire’s annual Income Series, Centaur’s Hugh Robertson joined Charlie Viola and James Marlay to talk through ways to help set you up for retirement.  As shared by Livewire, the trio “discuss why ASFA’s estimated figure for retirement ($640,000 for couples) should be taken with a grain of salt, offer two tips…
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Eyeing off Bitcoin? These alternatives are worth considering – The New Daily

June 23, 2021
Hugh Robertson spoke with Euan Black, Finance Editor from The New Daily discussing and sharing some knowledge on Bitcoin and what alternatives are worth considering when it comes to investing. Euan from The New Daily has asked the question, would people plough so much money into Bitcoin if they knew they could find decent returns…
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The Rich Life Vol 45

May 4, 2021
May is here and in cooler regions the colours of autumn are all around. In Canberra, Treasurer…
2020 Investment Insights with coronavirus

Year in Review – Investment Insights

July 27, 2020
Financial year 2020 has truly been a year of two halves. The first half was characterised by continued economic expansion, buoyant equity markets and historically low – even negative in some countries – interest rates. However, before midnight’s chimes heralded a new decade, raging bushfires made it clear that Australia was potentially set for a…
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February 2020

February 7, 2020
It’s February and the summer holidays are over for most Australians, but the bushfires and…

2019 Year in Review: A year of highs and lows

January 8, 2020
It was a year of extremes, with shares hitting record highs and interest rates at historic lows. Yet all in all, 2019 delivered far better returns than Australian investors dared hope for at the start of the year. The total return from Australian shares (prices and dividend income) was 24 per cent in the year…
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Golden rules of investing

February 6, 2018
At first glance, investing can seem daunting. So much complex information and so little time to absorb and act on it when you’re busy getting on with life. It’s little wonder that so many of us put it in the too hard basket for longer than is good for our wealth. 
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Global markets navigate a sea of uncertainty

July 4, 2017
It’s almost a decade since the global financial crisis created havoc in financial markets. While the global economy continues to show signs of recovery, political uncertainty in Europe and the United States is creating fresh confusion on global markets as investors wait to see how current events play out. 

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