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2022-07-10 23:23
Economic Overview The major theme from Q2 was the swift upward movement of interest rates to combat inflation, along with the implications for economies, sharemarkets and bond markets. Tw… Read More
Federal Budget 2022/23
2022-03-31 01:36
The final Federal budget before the imminent Federal election has been released. Given the proximity between these two events, the budget wasn’t expected to be overly frugal and there… Read More
The Historic Market Crash
2022-02-07 23:47
“It has been a really tough weekend,” said Harold Camping as he answered his door to reporters on a Sunday afternoon back in May 2011. Given the circumstances, it could have b… Read More
How Much Do I Need To Retire?
2021-12-17 05:32
It’s one of the most vexing finance questions there is. While it seems like a straightforward one, it’s really a question that only invites further questions. Not about the money… Read More
2021-10-22 01:08
Economic Overview Labour and supply shortages, shipping bottlenecks, COVID delta variant, inflation, vaccine hesitancy. There were plenty of worries in Q3, but markets remained mostly pos… Read More
2021-08-20 06:26
On the 4th of August, CommSec, Australia’s largest online broker released a statement. It began: The limits on trades without a cash deposit are changing from 04 September, 202… Read More
2021 Q2 June Quarter Review
2021-07-15 06:02
Economic Overview Attention turned to vaccinations and reopening economies in the second quarter of 2021, by the end of the quarter over 3 billion vaccine doses had been administered glob… Read More
2021-06-04 06:43
From pooches to second-hand cars, to homes in regional areas, to ground beef in the supermarket. Everyone has a story about how their money is buying less. Eight years ago, you could get… Read More
Federal Budget 2021/22
2021-05-12 05:48
The first post COVID federal budget has been released and while the numbers are slightly better than what was previously expected, it wasn’t a budget where the reins were pulled. Given… Read More
2020-10-29 02:06
It is a week out from the US Presidential election. We’ve deliberately avoided the election until the very last moment. Why? Its lack of importance. We hear ‘this is the most… Read More
2020 September Quarter Review
2020-10-16 07:42
Economic Overview As to be expected, the ongoing and dominant economic and market theme remains COVID-19. More so than ever, with COVID present no quarter will be quite like the previous… Read More
2020/21 Budget Review
2020-10-07 04:11
The delayed and momentous 2020 Federal budget has been handed down. It contains some amazing figures. The normally fiscally conscious Liberal Nationals have turned spendthrifts in a bid to l… Read More
COVID-19 Update
2020-04-10 16:22
April 10, 2020 Welcome to our latest COVID-19 update. Firstly, some positive news. Locally it has been encouraging to see compliance with the government’s social distancing r… Read More
COVID – 19 Update
2020-03-20 16:56
March 20, 2020 We’re deep in a global pandemic. The positive? Governments are responding. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. Interest rates to near zero. Gover… Read More
Coronavirus & You
2020-03-02 14:46
The Corona Virus. For weeks there was calm. Then suddenly there was panic. Admittedly, it was surprising. Markets have been moving upwards without a hitch for a while and initially they shru… Read More
December 2019 Quarterly Review
2020-01-17 16:51
Economic Overview The geopolitical risks that dominated for much of 2019 faded in Q4, supporting global share markets. Trade uncertainty faded with the US and China’s phase one trad… Read More
2019-09-13 06:42
“The markets haven’t been very good lately,” the investor said with some concern. “Should we be doing something?” Markets were off their highs. Trump was bei… Read More
Convictions Are Great Until They Aren’t
2019-06-07 07:08
June 6, 2019 Neil Woodford has a neck thick like a rugby player and a head shaped like it was chiselled out of granite, it could be mounted somewhere on Easter Island. Imposing is an… Read More
True Grit
2018-11-16 04:19
How far do we get without commitment and perseverance? Any task we begin in life is going to require some commitment and perseverance if we wish to pursue it thoroughly. That commitmen… Read More
Measuring The ASX
2018-11-02 06:30
It’s often referenced, but few of us know what’s behind the number that’s quoted on the nightly news. You might call the ASX or any other equity index somewhat of a l… Read More
2018 September Quarter Review
2018-10-19 04:36
Economic Overview Economic growth and earnings data remained robust during Q3, and this ultimately overshadowed simmering concerns around the escalating US-China trade war. The US init… Read More
What Is Balanced?
2018-09-07 05:46
In a recent article in Professional Planner John Peterson of Peterson Research Institue lined up the performance of Australian Super’s actively managed balanced fund and compared… Read More
2018 June Quarter Review
2018-08-01 22:49
Economic Overview Global economic data proved resilient during Q2 though it was offset by renewed geopolitical tensions. Equity markets were volatile, but mostly positive, while the pot… Read More
Moneyball Investing
2018-05-11 06:58
I watched this film again recently and it made me think about the similarities with our investment philosophy.  In case you missed it, Moneyball was a 2003 book by Michael Lewis (later… Read More
2018-04-20 00:22
Economic Overview Global economic data remained encouraging during Q1, though after a long period of relative calm and upward movement volatility again reared its head in equity markets. Whi… Read More
Is The 24 Hour News Cycle Important?
2018-03-23 06:09
Recently the New York Times profiled a man named Erik Hagerman. A former corporate executive, Mr Hagerman is an average man who lives alone in rural United States. So why was the New York Ti… Read More
2017 Year In Review
2018-01-25 06:00
Economic Overview Once again, the investment strategy of maintaining discipline and holding for the long term won out over reacting to media forecasts and predictions from hyperventilating p… Read More
2017 June Quarter Review
2017-07-28 04:30
Economic Overview Political uncertainty remained a feature in the June quarter as President Trump dismissed FBI director James Comey and French and UK elections were held. In the EU, ri… Read More
Ready For A Stock Tip
2017-05-12 06:22
Read any good stock tips on the internet lately? If you listen to our advice, hopefully not! We’ve long pointed out the dangers of buying individual companies because of a lack of… Read More
2017 March Quarter Review
2017-05-04 23:37
Economic Overview Global policy makers expressed a cautious welcome for continuing signs of improving activity during the March quarter. The Reserve Bank of Australia noted a pick-up in… Read More
2016 A Year In Review
2017-01-24 05:59
Economic Overview The dangers of basing investment strategies on media forecasts were highlighted dramatically in 2016 as the outcome of major world events and the market reaction to th… Read More
The Apprentice – White House Edition
2016-11-10 05:01
Well here we are again. After the Brexit vote earlier in the year we’ve again witnessed a public vote having a real-time impact on financial markets. The US voting to elect Donal… Read More
Brexit Vote Reaction – Don’t React
2016-06-27 01:28
On Friday we witnessed a significant event and its real time impact on financial markets. Britain voting to leave the European Union. Despite a final week “Remain” rally tha… Read More
Do Politics Matter To Investment Returns?
2016-03-11 05:50
Do Politics Matter To Investment Returns? If you’ve spent any of your time listening to talkback radio or reading discussions online you’ll know wading into politics can be a d… Read More
2016-01-21 00:03
21 January 2016 Ten years ago, in another country, a man we’ll call Bill, died at 75. He left his wife, a lady we’ll call Betty, $50,000 and a house worth $350,000. Betty was 65… Read More
2015-10-23 02:32
 2015 September Quarter Review Economic Overview The scale of China’s economic slowdown and the policy response to it were among themes that preoccupied global mark… Read More
2015-07-28 06:24
Economic Overview The global economic backdrop remained mixed in the June quarter. Continued recovery in the US and modest gains in Europe and Japan were offset by a continuing slowdown in C… Read More
2015-07-03 06:40
Greece and its debt obligations (and default) are back on the agenda in a big way and that means a whole host of experts are filling media air time and column space with what they think wil… Read More
2015-03-26 06:22
Is being able to withdraw Super for first home buyers a good idea? Last year the independent senator from South Australia, Nick Xenophon raised a loopy idea that has long been an obsession o… Read More
2015-02-06 05:54
The world’s in a mess! Oil’s tanked. Greece and the European Union are fighting over debt (again). Australia has a Prime Minister hanging on by the fingernails (again). The Austr… Read More
2015-01-23 05:30
Economic Overview Divergence in economies and markets was a major theme for investors in 2014, alongside geopolitical tensions and sliding commodity prices. With US activity picking up, the… Read More
2014-11-12 05:08
“Predictors of 1929 crash see 65% chance of 2015 recession” that headline made an appearance on The Age and Sydney Morning Herald websites this week. Early on Tuesday it had low… Read More

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