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Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2017

Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2017

Full-time employment continues to grow after falling through much of 2016, increasing  by 74,500 in March, while part-time employment fell by 13,600.  The employment-to-population ratio appears to have steadied at around 61%.

The advance estimate of US Q1 GDP showed annual growth at 0.7%, down from 2.1% recorded in Q4 2016 and considerably lower than the consensus estimate of 1.2%.  Consumer spending – the main engine room of the economy – rose only 0.3% versus 3.5% in Q4, representing the worst performance since 2009.

The price of iron ore delivered to Qingdao in China tumbled 14.4% in April after falling 11.9% in March, ending the month at US $68.80/t, much reduced from its February high of $94.86.

To read more about local and international market affairs you can read the April 2017 Lonsec Market Commentary here:

Lonsec Market Commentary – April 2017

Sort Out Your Super in 2015

Taking a little time to look at your superannuation now can make a huge difference in the future. As this article from The New Daily explains, few of us are aware of how much super we have, what it’s invested in and how much we’ll need for retirement.

Many of us aren’t interested in how our super performs until we’re close to retirement but much like you check your bank statement each month, just checking your super is on track regularly can make such a difference later. Don’t leave it until it’s too late – make 2015 your year to get your super on track!