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    July 07, 2020

    We understand that times are tough

    I would like to thank you for being a valued partner of Zurich. We understand that you’re operating in a difficult environment – before and during COVID-19. Many of our advice partners have shared that heightened regulatory constraints, and now the impact of COVID-19 has increased your workload and required more activity to support your clients. As a leading insurer, we are putting our best efforts into finding innovative solutions to assist you and your practices now and into the future.

    July 07, 2020

    What can hold back our economic recovery post COVID? Reregulation & politics

    In an “upgrade” the IMF now believes Australia’s economy will only contract by 4.5 per cent in 2020, revised from -6.7 per cent a few months ago. While this is welcome news, it will be several years before we regain the level of economic activity we enjoyed pre COVID-19. This is partly due to the global economic outlook (the IMF has projected to a "deeper recession" than initially expected with a GDP contraction of 4.9% in 2020) but is also the result of our inflexible economy. So apart from the blinding obvious, what could hold our economic recovery back? Answer: Over regulation and politics.

    July 07, 2020

    Invitation: Join our second virtual conference – Reimagine Change, a future of opportunity

    Register today for our Reimagine Change Virtual Conference series! Join special guest speakers Damon Gameau and Future Crunch who explore what an electrified future looks like and the impact it will have on the decisions made by investors and consumers.

    July 07, 2020

    Adjusting back to normal

    As you begin to readjust back to your ‘normal’ pre-COVID lifestyle, you may experience some concern and apprehension around what is happening. Tackle Your Feelings psychologist Luke Jankie has pulled together some tips and support services to help you transition.

    July 07, 2020

    Supporting you through COVID-19 and beyond

    We want to assure advisers that we’re here to help you get the most out of your cover, just like we’ve always been, through floods, bushfires and now pandemics. We’ve collected all of our resources in one handy location below to help you communicate with your clients and give you access to helpful tools and content so you can continue to provide financial security for your clients and their families when it's needed most.

    July 07, 2020

    10 practical tips for being mindful throughout a busy working day

    SuperFriend takes us on a journey to help us understand that mindfulness is about keeping our thoughts in the present - not thinking about what will happen next and not going over the past. It’s being aware of our current emotions and sensations, without reacting to them.

  • Life Insurance

    July 07, 2020

    We understand that times are tough

    I would like to thank you for being a valued partner of Zurich. We understand that you’re operating in a difficult environment – before and during COVID-19. Many of our advice partners have shared that heightened regulatory constraints, and now the impact of COVID-19 has increased your workload and required more activity to support your clients. As a leading insurer, we are putting our best efforts into finding innovative solutions to assist you and your practices now and into the future.

    July 07, 2020

    Invitation: Join our second virtual conference – Reimagine Change, a future of opportunity

    Register today for our Reimagine Change Virtual Conference series! Join special guest speakers Damon Gameau and Future Crunch who explore what an electrified future looks like and the impact it will have on the decisions made by investors and consumers.

    July 07, 2020

    Supporting you through COVID-19 and beyond

    We want to assure advisers that we’re here to help you get the most out of your cover, just like we’ve always been, through floods, bushfires and now pandemics. We’ve collected all of our resources in one handy location below to help you communicate with your clients and give you access to helpful tools and content so you can continue to provide financial security for your clients and their families when it's needed most.

    July 07, 2020

    10 practical tips for being mindful throughout a busy working day

    SuperFriend takes us on a journey to help us understand that mindfulness is about keeping our thoughts in the present - not thinking about what will happen next and not going over the past. It’s being aware of our current emotions and sensations, without reacting to them.

    July 07, 2020

    Adjusting back to normal

    As you begin to readjust back to your ‘normal’ pre-COVID lifestyle, you may experience some concern and apprehension around what is happening. Tackle Your Feelings psychologist Luke Jankie has pulled together some tips and support services to help you transition.

  • Investments

    July 07, 2020

    What can hold back our economic recovery post COVID? Reregulation & politics

    In an “upgrade” the IMF now believes Australia’s economy will only contract by 4.5 per cent in 2020, revised from -6.7 per cent a few months ago. While this is welcome news, it will be several years before we regain the level of economic activity we enjoyed pre COVID-19. This is partly due to the global economic outlook (the IMF has projected to a "deeper recession" than initially expected with a GDP contraction of 4.9% in 2020) but is also the result of our inflexible economy. So apart from the blinding obvious, what could hold our economic recovery back? Answer: Over regulation and politics.

    July 06, 2020

    Economic Update: COVID-19

    Weekly Macro & Markets View

    June 01, 2020

    The Framework and the Snake

    Speak to any investor about global equities and the Technology sector will surely feature large. And so it should, if you are talking about the last decade. In terms of benchmark weight, the Technology sector has become an 800 pound gorilla, muscling up from a little over 10% at the end of 2009 to well over 20% today*. As with any apparent obsession, the story is compelling, but can it really justify the extent of the current market concentration?

    June 01, 2020

    Watch this space

    Across various asset classes, AREITs* have been amongst the most visibly affected by the coronavirus lockdown. Government-imposed ‘stay at home’ measures had an immediate and dramatic impact on mobility, affecting foot traffic to malls in particular. The AREITs index was marked down sharply in March and has been slow to recover as investors digest the impending impact on income. But is the extent of the fall really warranted given the longer-term prospects?

    June 01, 2020

    Looking Beyond the Uncertainty

    Comfortingly, equity markets have been grinding higher over the last month and bond markets are stabilising after concerted efforts to increase liquidity via “buyer of last resort” facilities provided by many central banks has seen spreads decrease.

    April 29, 2020

    Is China a Leading Indicator for the Exit Strategy?

    The accountants amongst you will be familiar with the acronym FIFO (First In First Out). This is equally applicable to China when we are talking about COVID 19, where most lock down restrictions have been lifted after 11 weeks of immense economic pain. For Q1, GDP fell 6.8% - a fall in activity unmatched since the 1970’s.

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