Issue 39: A recap on 2022 and a peak at 2023

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Issue 39: A recap on 2022 and a peak at 2023

It may seem a little premature to be writing about what happened this year, however let’s get in early as plenty of others will write on the subject as we cross over from 2022 to 2023. 

And of course, it’s always good to look back and see what was suggested for 2022 and how we faired against those predictions.

We looked into our crystal ball in January in our article ‘What will 2022 bring for your SMSF?’, so let’s see how we went.

At the beginning of 2022, we noted 7 themes that may influence the big picture and how these may interplay on markets and volatility (remember back in January 2022, we had only just started to see some shaky markets). These themes were:

  • The Australian economy
  • The global geo-political environment
  • Inflation
  • Interest rates
  • Changing labour force structure
  • The pandemic
  • Federal election

Below these we discussed how these could influence investment and SMSF portfolios.

So, how did we go?

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this document is provided for educational purposes only, is general in nature and is prepared without taking into account particular objective, financial circumstances, legal and tax issues and needs. The information provided in this article is not a substitute for legal, tax and financial product advice. Before making any decision based on this information, you should assess its relevance to your individual circumstances. While SMSF Association believes that the information provided in this article is accurate, no warranty is given as to its accuracy and persons who rely on this information do so at their own risk. The information provided in this bulletin is not considered financial product advice for the purposes of the Corporations Act 2001.

Ian Irvine - Guest Contributor

Ian has been a keen investor for over 40 years and can draw on his experiences from both investing on his own behalf and also having worked in financial services for more than 30 years. Over this time, he has seen many changes that impact investors’ attitudes to in what and how they invest.

He started his career in what is now referred to as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) or grocery, working for an Australian margarine manufacturer. In 1986, he was recruited to Westpac around the time of deregulation of the sector, where he spent 10 years before taking a role at AMP and then with ASX for 14 years up to the end of 2017. He continues to be involved with ASX; working on their educational programs.

In 1996, he and his wife established their own SMSF and again the experience and lessons learned regarding managing an SMSF over the years have provided him with many insights and ideas. He enjoys sharing these with others where these are helpful and always suggest that if an investor or SMSF trustee is unsure, that they should seek appropriate advice from a licenced professional.

Ian holds a B. Com (UNSW), and lives in Sydney and enjoys travelling to and meeting investors and SMSF trustee at the educational events with which he has involvement with from time to time.