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“No one saw this coming?" Balderdash

The widespread statement that this financial crisis was a tsunami that no one saw coming has been given the lie to by an excellent survey of economic models by Dirk Bezemer, a Professor of Economics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Bezemer did an extensive survey of research by economists or financial market commentators, looking for […]

Is this stock market for suckers?

When it comes to making money off the stock market, there’s a sucker born everyday, but the next few weeks is shaping up as the classic case where the uninformed or the plain unlucky could be in line to cop a sucker punch. Let me show you how to dodge it! Past warnings Regular Switzer […]

Investor Signposts - week beginning July 13 2009

In the US, retailers aren’t complaining just about high unemployment, recession and falling house prices – the weather has also proved problematic. Until recently, the summer in the north-east has proved unseasonably cool and wet, reducing demand for seasonal items like air conditioners and clothing. Investors and analysts tend to focus on economic factors when […]

Reporting begins

You are going to hear a whole pile of reasons why the stock market is not rallying at the moment, but you can’t miss the fact that there are no panicky sell-offs. However, we are not getting the near instant bounce backs we were seeing a month or so ago. The reason? The wise guys […]

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, […]

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