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Take a long-term view. Investment results tend to vary more widely when you just consider the returns over a period of one year. Ten-year returns are generally much more stable and a lot more predictable as can be seen in the chart below.

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Who would have thought Australia and indeed the world would experience such a drastic situation we all now find ourselves in with the onset of COVID-19? However, we believe that at any previous time it is now that our clients (and our fellow Australians in general) need professional, sound financial advice like never before.

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Global shares fell -13.4% and -8.3% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Emerging markets were relative underperformers (down -10.9%) as they were caught up in a flight to liquidity (cash) by investors seeking safe-haven assets instead. An oil price war triggered by Saudi Arabia also impacted emerging markets with their greater dependence on energy and other commodity exports.

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Global shares fell -8.5% and -4.9% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Emerging markets were relative outperformers (only down -1.6%) with COVID-19 (a.k.a. coronavirus) outbreaks outside of China and their economic impact a driving concern for global share markets.

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At some point you will retire. Many of us hope that is sooner, rather than later.

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If you have retired and think the days of reviewing your financial plans are over, think again. Now is the time to review your entire plan in-line with your new lifestyle and pay particular attention to any insurance cover in place.

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Global shares were down -0.4% and were up 4.3% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Emerging markets were relative underperformers (up 0.1%) driven by coronavirus concerns over the impact on China.

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If you are in your 40s and feeling like your financial fitness could do with an overhaul, then make 2020 the year to do it!

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Global shares were up 2.3% and were down -0.9% in hedged and unhedged terms, respectively. Emerging markets enjoyed strong relative performance (up 3.4%).

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New year is a great time for making lifestyle changes, however, for resolutions affecting your financial health, there’s often no better time than when starting a new job.

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