17/09/15: Putting recent share market falls in context

Implications for investors

At the time of writing, the Australian share market (ASX200) has fallen by 13% since the highs of February this year, much of this occurring over the last couple of months. It also seems that the usual doomsayers have been working overtime, doing their level best to frighten investors into either subscribing to their alarmist newsletters, buying their books or engage investment services. On the other side of the spectrum you have some perennially optimistic fund managers and financial advisers who prefer to bury their heads in the sand, refusing to acknowledge that the landscape has changed.

Of course, the truth is usually somewhere in between, and very few commentators strike the right balance better than AMP Capital's Dr Shane Oliver. In this article, Dr Oliver provides a calm, balanced, 'grown-up' perspective of the recent share market falls, and their place in history. As usual, this publication is a must for anxious retirees and investors. Read more here

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Going forward from here, Westmount clients will continue to be kept apprised of the latest important developments, in real time, good news, or bad.

Rick Maggi Westmount Financial Clear Focus. Better Solutions.