|As expected, the US central bank kept monetary policy settings unchanged at the conclusion of its January FOMC meeting. But what can we expect next time?|
|TCorp is not anticipating a significant fiscal boost for Australia this year, listing a number of US factors as key issues for the global economy in 2020.|
|Markets still expect the RBA to cut rates - just not as soon as next week. But why wait? Why not get ahead of the curve?|
|Maybe it was coincided with the outbreak of the coronavirus, or because financial markets widely expected it, but the ECB's first meeting for 2020 provided little excitement.|
|Morbid as it might seem - profiting from other's misfortune - but the same way as SARS and swine flu provided good entry points to the equity markets, the coronavirus will turn out the same.|
|According to markets, there's now only a 24% chance of a rate cut next month with expectations dropping 36% in one day.|
|Further RBA rate reductions are a double-edge sword; improving sentiment through the wealth effect on rising equity market and property prices while also signalling there's something very wrong in the economy.|
|Like SARS, the swine flu and many others before them, the coronavirus will not end the world. Instead of hitting panicking and selling, investors should take this opportunity to add to their stock portfolios.|
|Morrison's cash splash, and more, if required, would go a long way towards the recovery from the bushfire, even extending through Australia's general economy.|
|The International Monetary Fund has predicted an upturn in the global economy in 2020, though the biggest risk to a rebound is climate change.|
Australia's superannuation sector is fighting a war on three different fronts, as the economic fallout of COVID-19 continues to bite.
Significant hikes in group insurance premiums have been put down to the Protecting Your Super reforms - with members of four superannuation funds facing premium increases of 34%.
APRA has asked superannuation funds to submit their in-house modelling on the magnitude of impact they are expecting from the Federal Government's special allowance for early release from superannuation.
Zenith Investment Partners wants to reverse out of its planned $12 million purchase of Chant West's superannuation business, saying the latter has been materially affected since February, but Chant West is digging its heels in.
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