Markets & Economy

Uncertainty-continues-but-Aussie-shares

After strong gains of about 19% over the first six months of 2019, the ASX 200 has entered a relatively flat period, down 1.12% over the month to 23 October.

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Trade wars and uncertainty rule markets

After a month of record local highs and a US rate cut, financial markets are now focused on the continuing US-China trade tensions and uncertainty around Brexit.

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How the first half of 2019 unfolded

A lot has happened in financial markets over the past six months. We take a look at the ups and downs and consider what lies ahead.

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May market update, US-China tensions - Mercer Super Australia
May market update

After an optimistic April, sentiment soured in May as US-China tensions rattle global markets.

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Retirement

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Now’s the time to talk retirement

Mercer senior partner David Knox says now is an ideal time for the Australian public to begin a serious conversation about retirement.

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How to look ahead happily

Planning for our future may seem tedious in the face of an ever-growing to do list, but planning ahead can deliver some tangible benefits.

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Turning your retirement plans into a realistic practice - Mercer Super AU
Reality plans clash with reality

This Mercer survey yields some strong insights to help turn your retirement plans from theory into a realistic practice.

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Investing

1 in 11 workers are missing out on super

Australia’s superannuation system is amongst the best in the world, but nearly one million working Australians will contribute nothing to their super this year.

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Adviser tips on property - Mercer Super Australia
Top adviser tips on property

Keen on investing in the property market? Mercer Financial Adviser, Julie Baldacchino, shares her top five tips on this year's property market.

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Hot property starts to cool

Buyers are increasingly well placed as property prices decline across most Australian capitals, with Hobart, Brisbane and Canberra holding firm.

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Sustainability

Endangered species are everyone’s issue

Species decline is a major problem, but the solutions are well known, and everyone in Australia can play a part.

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Responsible investment on the rise

Responsible Investing is no longer a niche as it's reached a tipping point in Australia. Here's why.

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How does 2019 Federal Budget affect our environment - Mercer Super AU
Change is not in the air

The Morrison Government has staked its environmental reputation on a $2 billion boost to Climate Solutions Fund.

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Career

Australian cities becoming expat choice

Mercer’s latest Cost of Living Survey shows Australian cities are becoming more affordable for expats.

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Staffing comes to smartphones

Recruitment apps can do in moments what might take the average HR department weeks.

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Mental health and the workplace - Mercer Super Australia
Great workplaces

Mental health is a real struggle for some people, it’s time we understand how to look after each other at work.

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Lifestyle

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Happy fathers take time to be dads

Most Australian dads will have celebrated Fathers’ Day recently, but few would have taken extended leave from work at the time their children were born.

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Learn to Love Life… insurance

There are things we love and things we hate. We also have things we love to hate, like speed cameras, taxes and insurance.

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8 ways to go a little greener

It’s easy to weave environmental actions into our daily lives and, best of all, it’s cheap. Here’s how.

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