Is the US stock market about to MELT UP?

Is the US stock market about to Melt Up? The Dow Jones Industrial Average has just beaten the Nasdaq Composite Index by approximately 3%, albeit, the two indices shared a similar path over the past 12 months. This is surprising given the robust performances of the FAANG stocks i.e. Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google (AKA[…]

Young Investors

Investing in Shares. The Way of the Future for Young Investors?

Australian wages are growing at a miserly 1.9%.  This rate has been declining since 2010 as it continues trending further downward.  Combine this with property prices growing at 4 times that rate and the opportunity for young Australians to enter the property market or get ahead financially is looking bleak. So what options are there[…]

taxes

How to Claim Tax Deductions for Super Contributions?

As of 1st July 2017, more Australians will be able to claim tax deductions for personal super contributions. This is possible when an individual makes the super contribution, rather than an employer. In the main this measure will assist: Individuals who are self-employed, Partly employed, and Employees whose jobs do not provide salary sacrificing What[…]

How does the Australian Age Pension work?

Around 80% of Australians who have reached Age Pension age are currently receiving the Age Pension in full or in part.  The remaining 20% are either ineligible due to the income and assets test or have not applied. At some stage in their retirement, most Australians will be eligible to claim a Part or a[…]

June Swoon in Tech Stocks. Should we be Worried?

June Swoon in Tech Stocks. Should we be Worried? The US NASDAQ 100 is down almost 4.6% since hitting its all-time high of 5885 on 8 June 2017, to close last night at 5646. On the back of this sell-off, many commentators are suggesting that this could be the beginning of a major market sell-off[…]

Global Equity Markets on Solid Ground

With 98% of US S&P 500 companies having reported earnings for the March quarter, Mason Stevens Head of Equities, Marcus Tuck, provides his key takeaways: Aggregate profit growth was a very healthy 13.9%, the highest year-on-year growth since Q3 2011, where it recorded a 16.7% growth rate. 10 of 11 sectors reported profit growth with[…]

Language Tech Company Translates into Big Profits

Appen Ltd (ASX: APX), the data services and language technology company, has seen its share price soar 43% over the past 2 weeks on the back of a strong earnings result and a significant upgrade to its full year earnings guidance. APX is seeing significant increased demand for its high quality data for machine learning-based[…]

What do new bank regulations mean for investors?

On 31 March 2017, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the body that regulates how banks operate, further clamped down on Australian banks and their ability to lend, by implementing new rules to curb the pace of activity in the Australian housing market. The measures are particularly designed to manage the heat being experienced in[…]