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Looking beyond the Great Lockdown

May 26 2020
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Looking beyond the Great Lockdown

Utilising data from reports prepared by the World Economic Forum, Michael Coote from our Corporate Trustee Services Team, shares his thoughts on the prospective impacts to asset classes and on the choices we have in relation to the environment as the global economy recovers from COVID-19.

We're open under Level 2 but still operating a little differently

May 18 2020
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We're open under Level 2 but still operating a little differently

Although our doors will be open our preference is to conduct all our meetings via phone and video technology at this time. Where there is a compelling need to meet face-to-face, please call ahead to arrange a meeting and our staff with take you through our guidelines and pre-checks before meeting with you.

Enduring Powers of Attorney - Signing and Witnessing during COVID-19

May 15 2020
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Enduring Powers of Attorney - Signing and Witnessing during COVID-19

In a world which has been turned upside down, technology is very much coming into its own. COVID-19 has provided an impetus to explore new options in order to safely complete many tasks which previously required a face-to face meeting. This is the case for creating Enduring Powers of Attorneys.

Retirement Villages - Final Steps to Making an Informed Decision

May 15 2020
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Retirement Villages - Final Steps to Making an Informed Decision

The first two parts in this series of articles looked at how retirement villages are organised, the legal framework of the Retirement Villages Act 2003 and how residents and intending residents are protected. Now we recommend what questions to ask and actions to take as your final steps in making the best decision about buying into a retirement village.

What’s up with the Stock Market?

May 15 2020
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What’s up with the Stock Market?

In late March stock markets around the world had been falling for more than a month. There was extreme volatility with daily prices going up and down by over 10% and record-breaking market conditions including the fastest bear market (drop of 20% from peak) in history. The fall showed no signs of letting up…until it did. There are several explanations for this market recovery and an important lesson for investors trying to time the market.

COVID-19 and Market Performance

Apr 24 2020
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COVID-19 and Market Performance

The global spread of COVID-19 has resulted in an unprecedented reaction from investment markets, governments and businesses. While uncertainty remains as to the full extent this global pandemic will have, the significant impact it has already had over such a short time would suggest that we’re heading for a financial event featuring a worldwide recession and significant unemployment. Historically recessions last 12-24 months and it’s important to note that periods of market growth are far longer than those of a recession.

Preparing Portfolios for Market Movements

Apr 24 2020
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Preparing Portfolios for Market Movements

While no one could have foreseen at the end of 2019 that in a few short months the entire global economy would slow to a virtual halt, we did know that equity markets can fall dramatically. This short-term uncertainty is why equities are able to deliver significant gains over the long term: higher risk, higher reward. Making sure your risk is diversified is key to ensuring that your portfolio will recover from short to medium downturns. It’s also the bedrock on which we build our portfolios and decide how to invest your money.