Why you need international shares in 2015

Financial journalist and commentator on 3AW and Sky Business
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Key points

  • Developed world markets, let by the US, are likely to take centre stage next year.
  • Investments made now, will – if they make a capital gain – increase further in value in Australian dollar terms if the Aussie moves lower.
  • The intention to invest in international shares by SMSFs almost doubled from the 2013 to 2014, from 12% to 22%.

 

Looking at the headlines, it is easy for Australian investors to get worried about 2015, as falling commodity prices on the back of the China slowdown, hammer sentiment on the local market, and on the global front, concerns mount over the European and Japanese economies.

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