13 May 2015

In what has been dubbed the ‘have a go’ budget, Treasurer Joe Hockey has moved to restore the confidence of ordinary Australians in the country’s growth prospects. The big winners are small business, families, farmers and job-seekers, with spending measures designed to stimulate spending, investment and growth. There is also a big lift in spending […]

01 Apr 2015

Good Afternoon We Australians like to think we live in the Lucky Country, but do the hard economic numbers stack up? The recent Intergenerational Report warned that radical changes are needed if Australia hopes to put its budget on a sustainable footing in the decades ahead. In this month’s newsletter we weigh up Australia’s economic […]

02 Mar 2015

Summer is over and the days should begin to cool down now that autumn is here. We hope you enjoy our March articles, the first of which looks at deflation. Low interest rates and discounting of petrol and household items are good for consumers. But falling prices can lead to deflation, with implications for the […]

02 Feb 2015

Good Afternoon In this months’ snapshot, we look at the year 2014 in review.   2014 endured the highs of overseas shares, global bonds and the Australian residential property market performing well but the unexpected dramatic fall of iron ore and oil prices surprised everyone. To read more about the year that was and what […]

16 Jan 2015

On behalf of the team at VISIS Private Wealth we would like to wish you a happy and prosperous 2015. We look forward to working with you again this year.   A new year is already underway and chances are you have already made a few resolutions – like starting that health kick. But what […]

02 Dec 2014

Summer is well and truly here and our thoughts are turning to Christmas and the summer holidays. Many of you will be heading to the beach, while others will be taking advantage of the summer break to travel overseas. In this months edition, we look at different forms of life insurance, and the importance of […]

11 Nov 2014

Volatility is an occasional yet inevitable feature of equity markets. Corrections are to be expected over the course of a long bull market; indeed, they are often healthy pauses that set the foundations for the next upswing. However, common behavioural biases such as herding and loss aversion can encourage many investors to react emotionally and […]

21 Oct 2014

Ever heard of the amygdala? It’s the part of our brain that governs subconscious responses to, and memories of, fear, pleasure and pain. Evidence suggests the amygdala, essential to our day-to-day survival, is terrible at making investment decisions. The problem is that faced with complexity, rather than think more about an issue, we tend to […]

20 Oct 2014

Global shares may have had a “rough week”, but there are signs that the stock markets may be close to a low, says AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver. Mr Oliver said concerns about global growth and increased concerns about the Ebola crisis have seen most share markets fall in recent weeks. But Australian shares, […]

07 Oct 2014

This month we look at the importance of actively contributing to superannuation and how this can assist in increasing retirement savings and ultimately ensuring a comfortable retirement.   Please find below the link to our monthly snapshot for October.   http://eread.com.au/visis/7351   We then look at the issue of inflation and how to beat it […]