For many of us, retirement means dream holidays, reading books and spending time with grandchildren. However for some Australians, the notion of enjoying their golden years after a lifetime of hard work hit a roadblock last year when COVID-19 struck, and hit economies and markets hard. Against this background, it is important to remember that retirees still need to take measured risk in order to meet their goals but they may need to plan differently than they would have in the past.
When you consider that you could have bought a tonne of copper for US$4,300 a year ago, the recent rise is quite something. It is hardly surprising that talk of a commodities boom is picking up. And not just any old rally; what’s getting investors excited is the prospect of a commodities supercycle.
The fallout from Covid-19 put pressure on corporate dividend payments in many sectors and markets. Now, as economies recover and earnings bounce back, dividends worldwide are poised to rebound. At the same time, while widespread fiscal stimulus may push the global economy into a period of higher inflation, history shows how dividend-focused investment strategies can provide sustainable income in a reflationary environment.
Long-term, significant ESG investment opportunities await to be discovered in Asia thanks to favourable demographics, increasing purchasing power from a growing middle class and vast room for productivity gains and infrastructure development.