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New tax on family homes held by companies

Following the recent Federal Budget announcement, all families that hold their homes and other personal assets in family companies should now be reviewing the income tax consequences of these arrangements. It may be necessary for families to consider either entering into leases to use the homes or even transferring the homes from the companies. It […]

Gotta have faith

Want some good money making advice? Keep the faith. Believe in the ability of good companies to turn a profit and don’t let down days on the stock market blind you to what you’re trying to achieve. Oh yes, show some guts, but make sure it’s measured by sensible risk management. Master of the markets […]

The Dirty Harry question

Anyone with the hankering to make money out of the current stock market effectively faces the Dirty Harry question as company reports loom and the rally that started in early March begins to give back gains. The big bottom line question for all money makers is: “Is this the start of another market crash below […]

Where will growth come from?

This is the question that we continue to ask ourselves in this economic environment. Some clues may be at hand following news last week that Cisco had released their white paper titled, The Cisco Visual Networking Index, Forecast and Methodology, 2008 -2013. Contained in the document are a number of scenarios and predictions regarding growth […]

Earnings ahead

Now for the tricky bit — will company results looming in America deliver for the optimists? That’s the question upmost in the mind for the traders who ultimately determine the direction of Wall Street and related markets. 'Have the bulls overdone their optimism?' is an enduring question being posed. The reporting season will also answer […]

Bull market believers

The one great thing to take out of last week’s relatively disappointing run of economic data in the USA is that there are a lot more bull market believers now than in early March when the stock market plumbed its lows. Despite a run of losing weeks, the willingness to sell shares off big time […]

Investor Signposts - week beginning 5 July 2009

The Government’s two cash handouts to Aussie households have done their job. Retail spending has risen in seven of the past eight months, with the 7.1 per cent annual growth (in seasonally adjusted terms) well above the long-term average of around six per cent. Larger retailers have done best by far with sales up over […]

Boom and bust

My media colleagues were alluding to a bloodbath on the local stock market following Wall Street’s tumble with the Dow Jones index shedding 223 points or 2.6 per cent, to close at 8,281. But it got worse with the S&P 500 falling 2.9 per cent and the Nasdaq giving up 2.7 per cent. Look forward, […]

Money in the wings

Given our big fall yesterday where the S&P/ASX 200 shed 80.90 points to finish at 3874, today’s stock market movements should be interesting following a rise on Wall Street. Of course, this followed a biggish fall on the New York Stock Exchange. It is the ‘follow the leader’ syndrome but there is more in it […]

Confidence is the key

If the local stock market does not fall today that will be a big surprise after Wall Street headed south following a surprise drop in consumer confidence. This coincides with the end of the quarter and it follows a big quarter for stocks and a sensational four months since the S&P 500 index in America […]

Are the planets aligning?

With a new financial year ahead, how are the stock market, property and general investment ‘planets’ lining up with the economy? Are we in for another market rally where we rocket ahead? Or are we set to end up like a shooting star? Despite apparent evidence to the contrary, I have backed the optimistic scenario […]

Pull back or not?

You can’t easily live without the work of journalists but sometimes they write some crap! The most recent comes out of Wall Street where they are suggesting that Bernie Madoff getting handed down 150 years for his Ponzi scheme somehow sparked the 90-point rally on Wall Street. The reality is that most investors are caught […]

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