The top four factors driving returns this year

These key issues will decide our market's performance for the rest of 2016.

Summary: The Australian investment landscape continues to be influenced by the following key factors: cost pressures on our banking sector and the possible slicing of dividends, the impact of the currently-strong Australian dollar, oil prices and the looming reforms to negative gearing and superannuation in the lead up to another federal election.

Key take-out: Watch out for policy announcements after the May budget – the Coalition has promised it will not touch superannuation substantially, so any changes will be at odds with promises to its electorate.

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