Market update – Uncertainty drives ups and downs in the market

By Tim O’Loan, Senior Investment Analyst.

Markets around the world have seen record highs, large falls, and steep recoveries over the past 18 months. But depending on your choice of investment fund, you may have experienced a roller-coaster of returns, or a sedate paddle-boat ride. It all depends on the ‘risk’ of the fund you chose.

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Retirement, increasing life expectancy, and the demand for investment property

It’s interesting to think about the impact of increasing life expectancy on demand for investment property. Basically, the longer people expect to live the greater their ability to recover from a financial shock and the longer the payoff from investing in an asset which produces both growth and capital gain. This aspect of increasing life expectancy is probably still in its infancy but will attract more discussion in coming years. Something which has been with us and having a strengthening impact for over a quarter of a century, however, is the message to get ready for retirement. Continue reading…