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Peter Switzer

Peter Switzer is one of Australia’s leading business and financial commentators, launching his own business 20 years ago. The Switzer Group has since grown into three successful companies spanning media and publishing, financial services and business coaching. Peter is an award-winning broadcaster, twice runner-up for the Best Current Affairs Commentator award for radio, behind broadcaster Alan Jones.

30 October 2009
It's not timing the market but time in the market

The goal I set myself when I put my fingers to the keyboard is to tell my readers something they don’t know. I always hope that it will help them ‘wisen’ up — money-wise or business-wise. And you would love to think that your current column is always your best but I don’t know if […]

29 October 2009
The interest rate cup

It was always going to be a big day for anyone worried about interest rate rises and now that the latest inflation data has been delivered, the best bet for the Cup next week will be to put your money on 0.25 per cent interest rate rise before the Cup and Bart Cummings for the […]

28 October 2009
The key word is 'however'

With the stock market giving back some of its gains in recent weeks, there’s one really important word that has to be kept in mind whenever you feel negativity taking hold and that word is — 'however'. The Dow Jones managed to stay positive overnight but the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq couldn’t resist gravity, […]

27 October 2009
Expect the unexpected

One thing I’ve learnt watching and commenting on stock markets and economies for over 25 years is that you have to expect the unexpected. And another lesson is to not get too excited by oddities such as the rise in the US dollar overnight or the fact that good corporate results are not triggering another […]

26 October 2009
Testing the Wall Street rally

Wall Street continues to struggle with gravity with the Dow Jones having trouble with the psychologically resistant 10,000-level. This week will be another important test for the rally with more company results ahead. And some company reporting action locally starts to hot up with the likes of NAB, ANZ and Macquarie giving us their latest […]

23 October 2009
Go you good thing

Those looking to doubt our recovery have been dealt some news they won’t like to hear with the Chinese economy reported to have grown by 8.9 per cent in the September quarter. This was an economy that the so-called experts said would be lucky to grow at six per cent! China crucial Late last year […]

22 October 2009
America is no doughnut economy

Homer Simpson once asked the question: "Doughnuts. Is there anything they can’t do?" The same question might be asked of the Aussie economy with another run of great data today. In contrast, the US economy, while getting better, is certainly not in the miracle doughnut class and that showed on Wall Street this morning. An […]

21 October 2009
Cup day rate rises - a safe bet?

If the scary interest rate talk of three rises in a row and even a whopping half-a-per cent rise is under starter’s orders for Cup day, don’t get too stressed. This outcome is not an odds-on certainty. Even the rapid rises could become gradual and measured rises as economic data justifies it. Yesterday, the Reserve […]

20 October 2009
Apple of the earning season's eye

On the 22-year anniversary of the Crash of 1987, the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 indexes kept climbing, defying gravity and negative predictions of bear investors, with the latter index breaking through 1100 for the first time this year. The tech story The big story was tech today, and earnings optimism pushed the US […]

19 October 2009
The Empire strikes back

For people old enough to remember Nine’s sports broadcaster, Darrell Eastlake, this US company reporting week and therefore the lead for our stock market will be HUGE! And for those optimists out there who might have noted that some of the US economic indicators have wobbled a bit lately, there are still some promising signs […]

16 October 2009
Governor Stevens set to star in A Nightmare of Debt Street - the sequel

The Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens continues to terrorise those in debt with a speech yesterday that confirms he has no qualms playing Freddy Krueger in his remake of A Nightmare on Debt Street 2. He said the central bank cannot be too timid when raising rates given that it was prepared to cut interest […]

15 October 2009
JPMorgan result puts the bears into hiding

It’s early days in the US reporting season and for the bears it's not good news. Some great results came out yesterday morning for optimists with Intel, the world’s greatest microprocessor producer (that’s the key thing inside your computer) beating estimates, particularly on the revenue side and their outlook call was promising. A big boost […]

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