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Interest rates around the world have gone up recently. This has caused the value of fixed interest investments such as bonds to fall. The fall in the value of bonds can directly impact the value of your fund.
To understand why your fund’s balance has dropped, it would be helpful to know more about the fixed interest investments that your fund invests in.
Your fund’s allocation to fixed interest investments is part of the defensive component of the portfolio, which is your collection of financial investments. The defensive component is generally lower in risk and less volatile than the aggressive component or ‘growth’ investments, such as shares and property that are listed on the stock exchange. This helps diversify the overall risk and returns in a portfolio.
Fixed interest investments are issued by governments, banks, and companies. A borrower, like the Australian government, can borrow money in different ways, including fixed interest investments called bonds. Bonds pay investors regular interest at a fixed rate, called coupon payments. The borrower agrees to pay back the original amount borrowed to the investor at the end of the established period such as 5, 10, or 15 years.
Many bonds are listed on a financial exchange such as the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), which means they can be traded or bought and sold. For investors, bonds offer the ability to lock in a better rate than ‘at call’ cash invested in a bank account or money market investments. Because a bond is a riskier investment than cash, they generally offer a better rate.
Recently, interest rates around the world have gone up. This has caused the value of fixed interest investments to fall. The fall in the value of bonds can directly impact the value of your fund. This is because the market value of your fund and its investments is tracked and re-priced daily. Therefore, your fund balance falls in line with the market and will rise in line with the market.
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You may wonder if negative returns mean that your investment has gone bad. Rising interest rates do not mean the quality of the fixed interest investment has changed, and it is normal for the interest rate cycle for the value of fixed interest investments to rise and fall.
It is a normal part of the interest rate cycle for the value of fixed interest investments or bonds to rise and fall over time. Rising interest rates don’t necessarily mean that the quality of the fixed interest investments in a portfolio has changed. Like before, issuers are still expected to keep paying the fixed rate of interest. When the bonds in your portfolio reach the end of their term, the issuers are expected to return the total value of the amount invested in your fund.
Other risks of fixed interest investments include:
Credit risk: when the issuer may be unable to make future income or principal payments.
Inflation risk: when inflation rises, an investor in bond will require a higher return on the investment to compensate for the effects of inflation.
Liquidity risk: when the bond may not be able to be sold quickly for a price that represents its market value.
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Financial advice isn’t just for the wealthy or those close to retirement. You might consider working with a financial adviser if you are not confident in your financial decisions because you don’t have the time, knowledge, or capacity to explore your options.
It can be hard to navigate the financial world, but you don’t have to do it alone. You might consider working with a financial adviser if you are experiencing the following:
A lack of time
It can be challenging to carve out time to sit down with your finances if you are balancing work and family life. And making big financial decisions can be overwhelming and take time away from work and relationships. A financial adviser can work with you by researching options and advising on a course of action that help you work toward your goals.
Confusion about the market
With so many investment products on the market, it becomes hard to be sure if you’re getting a good return for the risk that is involved. A financial adviser can clarify the concepts for you, with in-depth knowledge of investments and markets.
Moreover, as your financial adviser reviews your current situation and goals, they get a better understanding of your appetite for risk. They can create an achievable plan that matches you with quality investment solutions that suit your circumstances. They can also identify investment opportunities that you might not have found out about otherwise.
A major life event
When a major life event occurs, it has a ripple effect across your finances. For example, when you get married or move in with a partner, you might want to merge finances and redefine shared financial goals. A financial adviser can guide you throughout the entire process, by outlining the financial implications of a decision and working to build or adjust your financial plan, ensuring you stay on track.
Considering making an important purchase
Although you make financial choices every day, certain financial decisions are more significant than others. For example, you may come into an inheritance, or receive a bonus at work or a redundancy payout. In these cases, there is a strong temptation to splurge the cash.
You might be exploring different ways to make the most of the money: should you pay off your mortgage, boost your super or invest it for the future? A financial adviser will walk you through your options and what they mean for your situation, so you can feel confident in your financial decisions.
People often choose to work with financial advisers for the peace of mind it gives them and their families, particularly if they’re experiencing financial stress. Financial stress can accost anyone, regardless of age or background, and can have a profound and lasting impact on your health and relationships.
Building your wealth faster
There are several assets classes structures and strategies that will help build your wealth faster and to higher levels- the longer your remaining working life is, the more your wealth can grow.
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Headlines about falling markets can be worrying – particularly if you’re approaching retirement. Find out more about the recent causes and what to consider.
After stellar rises in 2021, share markets lost some of their shine in January with steep falls that have attracted plenty of media attention. This is a market correction after a sustained period of share market gains. A few factors have spooked markets, including the prospect of interest rate rises, the ongoing disruption caused by the Omicron variant, and uncertainty about conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
If your super is in a balanced investment option, the falls in the share market are unlikely to be fully reflected in your account balance. That’s because your investments are spread across a range of different types of assets, such as bonds, property and infrastructure – some of which are largely unaffected by the factors behind the share market falls.
There are also good reasons to believe markets are reacting to short-term challenges likely to be resolved relatively quickly. Central banks are committed to a gradual rollout of interest rate rises, the economy is doing well and, despite the challenges of Omicron, we are slowly but surely getting to grips with Coronavirus. As a result, our short-to-medium-term outlook remains positive.
WHAT CAUSED THE SHARE MARKET FALL?
There are a few reasons that the share market has taken a tumble over the past month. These include:
The prospect of earlier-than-expected interest rate rises by central banks, both in Australia and overseas. Rising inflation is the driving factor.
The Omicron variant, which affected business operations. For example, sick workers resulted in disrupted trucking routes and empty supermarket shelves.
Geopolitical uncertainty, including a Russian military build-up on the border with Ukraine.
Finally, stock markets have surged over the past 20 months. After such a sustained period of growth, a correction is not unusual.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER?
As with all investment decisions, there are two key factors you should take into account. First, your risk appetite – how comfortable are you with experiencing falls in your investments? Second, your time horizon – when do you need to withdraw your money?
If the current falls in the share market are making you uncomfortable, it could indicate you are invested in an option that may not match your risk appetite. It could be helpful to speak to a financial adviser, if you don’t have one, to review your different investment options. If you’d like to talk to someone, please call 0404167989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at Bluerocke Investment Advisers
If your time horizon is longer than the medium term (say, five years), then you may have time to ride out any losses and simply wait for the market to recover. Keep in mind, switching to a more conservative investment option could ‘crystalise’ your losses – turning a paper loss into an actual loss – leaving you with less capital and a lower growth investment.
At times like these, it’s important to keep in mind:
Stock market corrections are normal, and can be healthy
If you switch to a more conservative option such as cash, you risk locking in your losses
Shares have performed well over the long term
The economy is strong and unemployment remains low.
WHY MARKET CORRECTIONS ARE NORMAL
It’s impossible to know for certain what the future holds. Nevertheless, it’s important to put the current share market falls in context – they follow 20 months of strong market returns driven by abnormally low interest rates. The reaction of markets in recent weeks is best seen as a return to normality.
We are here to support you and things you can do include:
Reading our regular market updates
Staying up-to-date with the latest market developments
Reviewing your super to ensure it aligns with your risk appetite and financial objectives.
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As you keep your long-term goals top of mind, remember: we are here to help – with news, insights and helpful resources available on our website, www bluerocke.com to help keep you up-to-date on the latest.
During a market downturn, you might be tempted to switch your super away from riskier investments, like shares, and into safer ones. But is it better to switch or
What you need to consider
When it comes to investing and super, everyone has a different comfort level in terms of how much risk you’re willing to accept. It depends on your financial situation, goals, stage of life, and even your personality.
That’s why, when markets fall, everyone reacts differently. While some are quick to get out of the share market, others are content to ride out short-term fluctuations because they’re confident that markets will recover over the long term.
If short-term movements in your super balance are making you nervous, and you’re wondering whether you should switch into less-risky investments, there are a few things you should consider before you do anything.
Why switching isn’t always a good idea
Between February and March 2020, at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, there was a significant market downturn. With so much uncertainty around, some people were worried about what the pandemic would do to their super balance, so they switched away from shares and into less-risky investments.
Research revealed that the amount of people switching investments was three times higher than usual. But when the markets picked up again, the risk was that these people missed out on the recovery. Over 70% of the switches done between March and April 2020 produced negative outcomes. These people would have been better off if they had stayed with their initial investments and done nothing.1
While that won’t always be the outcome, it’s an important reminder that markets can recover as quickly as they fall. That’s why any changes to your super strategy should be part of a long-term plan rather than a short-term reaction. Switching can be costly if you don’t do it for the right reasons.
What happens when you switch investments?
Let’s say you switch your super by moving away from a Growth portfolio, which has a high allocation to Australian and international shares, and into a Conservative portfolio, which has a high allocation to cash and fixed interest.
When you sell out of an investment while its value is down, you lock in its current price, which makes your losses real and irreversible. But if you stay invested, its value could increase again without you having to do anything.
The importance of diversification
A diverse investment portfolio spreads your risk exposure across different asset classes and markets, rather than putting all your eggs in one basket. This means if one asset class declines in value, other asset classes may experience higher returns and act as a financial buffer.
For example, if your super is invested across several asset classes – like Australian and international equities, fixed interest, bonds and cash – it’s likely to withstand a market downturn better than if you only invested in one of these types of asset classes. That’s why diversification is an important part of any long-term investment strategy.
If you’re tempted to switch investments or change your investment strategy, chat to Bluerocke Investment Advisors first. We can help you work out if it’s the right move for you at the right time.
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As you keep your long-term goals top of mind, remember: we are here to help – with news, insights and helpful resources available on our website to keep you up-to-date.