The 2017/18 financial year just ended could best be characterised as a story in two parts. The first half was one of unbridled optimism in investment markets, as a steady stream of positive economic news buoyed asset prices both in Australia and abroad.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news the last few weeks, then you’ve likely heard the term ‘trade war’ in regards to the U.S. and many of its major trading partners. This news has been sending global sharemarkets on a bit of a roller coaster.
But what does this mean for your investments and should you be concerned? Do you need to rush to the grocer and stockpile Tim Tams?
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Another year is behind us. 2017 was a year where politics, both global and domestic, seemed to dominate the news, from the ongoing turmoil in the White House, to the Parliamentary citizenship debacle here, and the historic passing of the same sex marriage legislation just as the year drew to a close.
On the investment front, most markets and asset classes delivered returns significantly above the forecasts of a year ago. 2017 was a year in which risk was amply rewarded, with global sharemarkets in general, and emerging markets in particular, producing outsized returns for investors.
Clover portfolio options benefited from the strong run up in global sharemarkets during 2017, in being constructed to provide more exposure to international shares relative to Australian shares, a positioning that added to relative returns during the year.