David Batchelor
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RBA’s decision is positive for investors

With the RBA announcing the cash rate will remain at a record low 2.5 per cent and continued economic recovery providing supportive conditions for good share market returns, we’re predicting 2014 will see positive, but more conservative portfolio returns.

The economy is showing signs of a pickup, with encouraging improvement in consumer sentiment. Global factors include; the US economy leading the world out of the post GFC-recession, the strengthening of some European economies, Japan’s quantitative easing finally turning around after years of deflation, and China’s annual growth still expected to remain around 7% to 8%. The improving and increased volatility in markets are also helping boost returns, and the Federal Reserve is slowing down its quantitative easing program (the ‘Taper’).

Performance from diversified investment portfolios should still remain comfortably ahead of single defensive asset classes such as bonds, term deposits or cash, which are currently yielding only 3-4% per annum. With activity lifting, inflation already in the upper half of the target band and tentative signs that the labour market is also improving, we expect that the RBA's next move is likely to be up.

Overall, financial conditions remain accommodating for investors with long-term interest and risk remaining low, a trend which is set to continue throughout the course of 2014. To take advantage of these conditions or to learn how you can, book in for a FREE financial health check.

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