Roundup for the week kicks off with earning season in the US this week, which naturally flowed onto the Australian markets. It left the ASX opening soft on Wednesday but the week ended well. The federal government announced further funding for NSW after it was announced that the Sydney lockdown will continue until the end of August. For those of you in lockdown, hang in there and stay safe!
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Share market wrap
This week saw the Australian share market reach another record high, off the back of better than expected employment data and the US continuing to pump money into financial markets through its bond-buying program.
Key sharemarket numbers:
- The ASX ‘All Ords’ (top 500 shares in Australia) finished the week 0.1% lower than last Friday, on 7,6664.20 points.
- The US ‘S&P500’ (Top 500 shares in America) finished the week 0.32% lower than last week (Friday AEDT), on 4,395.26 points.
- The US ‘Nasdaq’ (Top 2500+ mainly tech shares in America) finished the week 0.97% lower than last week (Friday AEDT), on 14,672.68 points.
- The Global FTSE ‘All World’ index (largest 3100 companies in the world) finished the week 0.11% higher than last week (Friday AEDT), at 7,032.30
- The S&P Cryptocurrency ‘Mega Cap’ Index (tracking market value of Bitcoin and Ethereum) is currently at +11.86% for the month and +60.95% for the calendar year
Investment story of the week: Zip Co (ASX:Z1P)
Zip Co is back in the spotlight this week off the back of some solid earnings data and strong spending coming out of the COVID pandemic, up 57.45% in the last 6 months. As the buy now pay later trend becomes part of everyday life, one to watch in the new financial year.
Investment story of the week: Australian Ethical Investment Ltd (ASX: AEF)
I’m shining the spotlight this week on Australian Ethical Investment Ltd. Not only does it offer ethically managed funds but it also has a retail superannuation fund which you may have come across. We’re getting a lot of questions about ethical investments and have a growing number of clients that have an ESG mandate on their investments. AEF is currently sitting at $8.29 at the time of writing this, but they have had an interesting year to date, overall the price is up 69.18%.
Money mistake of the week: Being duped with ethical investments
With so many people becoming interested in ethical investing, it’s easy to get lost amongst the information overload or be led down a garden path. The key is striving to understand the market before you dive in. In this chat, James Tayler and I discussed the lack of transparency in the ethical investing sector and the challenges that come from this. Check out our full chat here.
Jargon Buster of the Week: Automatic rollover (via Mozo)
Automatic rollover is an optional feature offered on some term deposit accounts where your investment is automatically rolled over on maturity into another investment term. For example, if you have a six month term deposit you could opt to have your investment automatically rolled over into another six month term on maturity.
Podcast from last week: #125 w. Alex Barrat – Investment Market Update
We talk about general sorts of trends that he’s seeing in investment markets, and what’s happening on his platform. We talk about crypto and people investing or getting access to crypto through different types of shares and investments that are listed on the stock exchanges, as opposed to investing directly into crypto and how all of that works and what people should be thinking about there.
We spent a lot of time talking about the markets though, and just general trends. You know, the risks that we’re seeing now, what’s going on, where the opportunities are for investors and what people should be thinking about. If they’ve got money and they’re investing now, which is a question that I’m asking a lot, given that interest rates are so low.
And then we talk a bit about Alex’s money journey as someone that’s heavily involved in finances. We talk about some of the resources that he uses to educate himself and how he’s tackled, formulating his own investment approach, as well as some of the general tips for people looking to invest.
Giving update of the week
This week we’ve had the privilege of starting work with a bunch of new clients, and we’ve celebrated by providing 100 underprivileged people in Africa with 365 days of access to clean, life-saving water. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to make a difference in the lives of our clients and simultaneously make an impact on our world through our partnership with B1G1 (Buy 1 Give 1).
Smart Money upside #22 – Building assets outside of super and getting set for retirement
Because people don’t often talk about the full ins and outs of their money, it’s hard to learn lessons from hearing what good and bad choices other people make. This story is from one of our clients to help you take your money game to the next level.
Couple, late 30’s; household income ~ 300k; total assets ~ $570k; ~ with Investment Property; savings ~ $31k annually
Inertia around money and the desire to buy a home
What they wanted from us / the advice process
Ways of funding a property and ideas and strategies to really accelerate capital growth
What success looks like for them
Owning multiple properties; a debt that is manageable; freedom to go back to Scotland and having kids
What money strategy they were following before we went through the planning process
Savings cash to build a home deposit and fund maternity leave
What money strategy they chose to pursue from our planning work
Buy an investment property in Sydney for $1m; sell their place in Adelaide; build an equity portfolio and open an offset account
Key benefits of going through the process
Understanding, confidence, structure, timing and clarity
Value of advice after all advice fees year one: $41,205
Year 20 upside after advice fees: $1,146,406
If this story resonates and you want to chat about how to get these sorts of results, you can book an intro call here.
PS: If you want a hand to get on the front foot with your money in 2021, check out our 45-minute one-on-one sessions here. We’re donating 100% of the money raised to charity, so you can up your money game and do something good on the planet at the same time.
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