27 October 2020
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It's hard being a bear (part one)

I’m happy to admit that it’s very hard to hold a bear perspective, when all about there appear to be “green shoots”, and when according to my body clock it’s still hibernation time. There are, however, four factors that keep me in my lair: Good history Bad economic theory Good economic history Good economic theory. […]

Win the battle of mortgage stress

The celebratory season for home loans may soon be over if fears of mortgage stress re-invade the market, following talks about the uncertain timing of interest rate hikes and rising house prices. The Reserve Bank has already expressed its intent to convert rates back to its “normal” levels now that signs of economic stability are […]

Capital hit

Just when it looked safe to like the Rudd Government after its brilliant rescue of the Aussie capitalist system with way out and whacky policies such as the stimulus package, the dead heads in the party masquerading as egalitarian tax experts have come up with the idea of hitting homes with a capital gains tax. […]

Financial planning overhaul

At long last, ASIC is taking action to improve the financial planning industry but the question is, have they taken a sledgehammer to crack open a peanut? ASIC has submitted its plan to clean up financial planning to a parliamentary inquiry and has recommended: An end to up-front and trailing commissions An end to volume-based […]

Don't panic on rates

No matter what the headlines say. No matter what the experts warn. No matter what your gut feelings tell you, don’t panic — interest rates are not about to go sky high. And don’t live in fear of another financial shock — this is a low order risk. Don’t get me wrong, I love the […]

Houston, we have a problem

Let me start by saying that I am aware of Peter Switzer’s views, and because I respect his opinions greatly, often I wished that my views accorded more with his. Currently we finally agree, but contextually not from the same perspective. I hope we line up one day. In my last two articles, I wrote […]

Forget Armageddon

For a change, Wall Street has had to digest relatively bad news and the doomsday merchants, who to date have been wrong, are trying to spook the market. Now given a pullback from rising share prices is overdue I think the stock market will oblige but forget share price and economic Armageddon — those days […]

Top investments: from the screen to the street

Music, movies and entertainment are great trend spotters for new investments. Over recent years, the internet has seen significant fortunes built and lost, the walled gardens approach that so many companies have protected for so long are unravelling rapidly due to the internet. Many ‘new media’ businesses have come and gone and the companies that […]

Investor signposts - week beginning 16 August 2009

The big picture In the first half of 2008, anyone taking out a home loan in Australia would have been facing interest rates of over eight per cent. In fact, interest rates rose to around 9.6 per cent in mid 2008. It wouldn’t have mattered whether you locked in fixed rates or opted for a […]

First time homebuyers

A reader on Yahoo recently sent me an important question that must be front of mind for most first homebuyers when making the leap from renting, or living at home, to home ownership: how do I find out how much I can borrow? The question This was the question: “I am thinking about borrowing to […]

Square root recovery

Another big up-day on Wall Street and the question remains around what kind of market recovery will we have. The out and out optimists go for the V-shaped. The cautious optimists say U-shaped. The doubters go for W-shaped and some outside-the-square thinkers are going for square root recovery! A number of my money colleagues have […]

In praise of property

Christopher Joye is as mad as hell when it comes to the so-called experts bagging housing as an investment and he has started identifying the culprits who are conspiring to promote the big rivals to direct property — shares, funds, financial institutions and a complying media! And he points the finger at short-sighted super fund […]

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