The threat of a full-blown trade war has escalated in the last few weeks with the G7 meeting ending in disarray over US tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from its allies and more importantly President Trump threatening tariffs on (so far at least) $US450bn of imports from China, and China threatening to retaliate.
The recent share pullback has seen much coverage and generated much concern. This is understandable given the rapid falls in share markets seen on some days.
The Reserve Bank is joining the global race to record low interest rates, current cash rate is 1.50%. However rates are currently 0.5% in the US and negative interest rates in Japan! These are strange investing times, and our clients are continually seeking a better return on their investment funds.
With interest rates at record lows and little chance of a change in sight, creating a reliable income in retirement can be challenging.
Trading on the share market is widely regarded as being motivated by two powerful human emotions; fear and greed.