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The Super Retirement Approach

Most people recognise the importance of having superannuation, which makes them feel more secure about their future, but acknowledge that it should not be the only source of funding for a comfortable retirement.

Gold Demand Trends Q1 2024

Global gold demand was up 3% y/y, led by long and speculative investment from the OTC market, persistent central bank buying, and higher demand from Asian buyers. Australia was an outlier in the Asia region, recording its lowest quarter on record for gold consumption, though ETF holdings remained relatively stable.

Why gold in 2024? Safeguarding investment portfolios

With the soft-landing narrative on the ascendancy, optimism is high within capital markets today. But challenges are on the horizon. As such, we believe that investors should look closely at the portfolio benefits gold can bring.

Gold Demand Trends Full Year 2023

Another year of blistering central bank buying, together with resilient jewellery consumption, offset substantial annual ETF outflows. Sizable OTC investment was evident in gold’s price strength last year.

Gold Demand Trends Q2 2023

Latest Gold Demand Trends report shows gold continued to perform globally as central bank buying hit a first half record. Australian consumption fell 37% in Q2 as AUD gold prices hover at all-time high levels.

Gold mid-year outlook 2023: Between a soft and a hard place

Developed market central banks are nearing the end of their tightening cycles.1 For now, market consensus points to a mild contraction in the US in late 2023 and slow growth in developed markets.

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Financial planning

Our finances should enable and not dictate our lives

Most people would prefer to have more money than less of it. But at what point do the trappings of wealth and success start to outweigh the benefits of striving for more?

Economy

This vital yet "forgotten" indicator of inflation holds good news

Financial commentators seem to have forgotten the leading cause of inflation: growth in the supply of money. Warren Bird explains the link and explores where it suggests inflation is headed.

Shares

Emerging market equities are ripe with opportunity

Emerging markets offer compelling value compared to history and the stretched valuations of developed market equities. Investors can benefit from three big tailwinds, but only if they are selective.

Taxation

Tomorrow's taxpayers pay for today's policy mistakes

Less affordable housing isn't the only thing set to weigh on Australia's younger generations. If new solutions for pension deficits and the use of resource revenue aren't found quickly, tomorrow's taxpayer will foot the bill.

How would a switch to nuclear affect electricity prices?

The Coalition's plan to build seven nuclear power stations in 15 years faces scrutiny due to high costs and slow construction. And it is unlikely the investment would yield cheaper energy for Australian households and industry.

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