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The US economy – Is a recession imminent?

19 Jul, 2018 By Dr Shane Oliver Head of Investment Strategy and Economics and Chief Economist, AMP CapitalSydney, Australia Key points If you are worried about a recession and a major bear market, the US economy is the key to watch. While traditional measures of the US yield curve have flattened sending warning signs about future […]

Bitcoin – the ups and downs of investing

Investing in Bitcoin – Some people may have made big money, but plenty of latecomers would have experienced dreadful losses. If I could sum up the contents of my junk emails over the last 12 months in a single word it would be: Bitcoin. I can’t tell you how many unsolicited invitations I’ve received to […]

What you need to know about buy now, pay later services

Take your product home, pay for it within the specified timeframe, get charged 0% interest. What could go wrong? Branded the modern-day layby, ‘buy now, pay later’ services essentially offer the same thing, except you get the product up front—the outfit, the watch, even certain domestic flights within Australia. If you haven’t heard of buy […]

11 wedding budget planning tips

The happiest day of your life doesn’t need to be the most expensive. For some couples, the most expensive day of their life will be when they tie the knot, with around 35% of newlyweds blowing their wedding budget before they even walk down the aisle. With the average Aussie wedding costing $36,200, and more than […]

Should I rent or buy a home?

Whether to rent or buy is a hotly-debated question. The answer might come down to where in Australia you live. With the housing market continuing to boom in many parts of Australia, it’s no wonder some potential home buyers are wondering if they’d be better off continuing to rent. While for others, who are priced […]

Affordable school holiday activities

We asked our readers for their top tips to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays without blowing the budget. AMP News&insights ran a competition on Facebook asking our readers for budget-friendly ways to keep the kids busy in the school holidays. Art and craft, board games and movies at home all proved popular, […]

Changes to Powers of Attorney – Victoria

On 1 May 2017 the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (Vic) was amended by the Powers of Attorney Amendment Act 2016 (Vic). The amending Act introduced changes to clarify some operational and other matters associated with the making of a power of attorney. Further changes have been implemented via the new Medical Treatment Planning and […]