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Peter Switzer

Peter Switzer launched his own financial business 30 years ago. The Switzer Group has since grown into three successful companies spanning media and publishing that creates written content as well as video and films, with its latest acquisition being the global brand Harper’s Bazaar, financial advice, insurance and business advice. Peter is an award-winning broadcaster, twice runner-up for the Best Current Affairs Commentator award for radio, behind broadcaster Alan Jones. He talks to Ben Fordham each morning on 2GB, as well as writing each day on switzer.com.au

16 March 2010
Talk of double dip again

I don’t know what is Chinese for ducks and drakes but that’s what I think Premier Wen Jiabao was playing when he dropped the double-dip recession line over the weekend. His words spooked stock markets but they were meant to scare the likes of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, which are negotiating iron ore contracts […]

15 March 2010
The latest good news

In case you are wavering and worried that we’re missing something that could determine the direction of the stock market, well, maybe you are, but it’s nothing to worry about if you have a reasonable exposure to shares. X-factor As I always argue, an event from left field, sometimes called an X-factor, which most can’t […]

12 March 2010
Invest like you know yourself

Since the beginning of February our S&P/ASX 200 index is up around five per cent and that’s a nice gain. That’s what you missed out on if you weren’t in the stock market. On the other hand, in January the market was down six per cent and in two months the market has been down […]

11 March 2010
Shoulders of giants

Over the years I have been amazed how technically-savvy this country’s entrepreneurs are, but it takes a special breed of businessperson to both understand business and technology. Obviously Bill Gates did and it explains why Microsoft has been such a success story. And, of course, so did the Google guys — Larry Page and Sergey […]

10 March 2010
Forget double dip

If a fear of a double dip recession is holding back your enthusiasm for shares right now, you should know the chances of this happening are lengthening. And best of all this is a view I share with my favourite female forecaster — Abby Joseph Cohen. Not only is she a hotshot on Wall Street, […]

9 March 2010
The Telstra situation

At the risk of stealing a line made famous by Rove McManus, when I think about the Telstra share price languishing below $3 and in the record low close price of $2.91 territory, I can only come up with: “What the #!#!” Thank God so many Aussies are welded onto the stock market via superannuation. […]

8 March 2010
Stock market return

Looking at the economic and corporate tea leaves it foretells a story that looks very likely to come to pass — the stock market promises a minimum return this year of 10 per cent but could easily be 20 per cent! Of course, something could come from left field that is not on the radar […]

5 March 2010
How to get rich

Forbes magazine has done the numbers on the country’s richest and a Western Australian man and woman won the titles for their respective genders. And when I was thinking about how these people built their fortunes, I thought it was a good time for all of us to assess how our wealth-building strategies have worked […]

4 March 2010
Show super some respect

What has always got me beat is how we Aussies love the idea of bricks and mortar but we’re so indifferent about our superannuation. Well, I think it’s high time there was a public movement to stop super suffering the Rodney Dangerfield syndrome. Dangerfield was famous for his line: “I get no respect,” and so […]

3 March 2010
Rate rise unwise?

Another first Tuesday of the month has come and gone for the borrowers of Australia and the anxiety of awaiting the decision by the Reserve Bank board on the fate of their monthly repayments has brought another slug to the country’s hip-pockets. The financial markets said it was going to be 50:50 but a survey […]

2 March 2010
The lonely optimist

Hats off to The Daily Telegraph today, which ran a good news story quoting an investment guru who prophesised good times ahead! In the media, it can sometimes be a lonely place being an optimist. The typical fare we cop in the media are sensational stories that range from natural disasters to unnatural human beings […]

1 March 2010
Beware the Ides of March markets

Right now there has been a run of US economic data that doesn’t look real flash. The same is happening here in Australia but let me do a Roman soothsayer and warn beware the Ides of March and short-term data watching. For those who have never checked it out, the Ides of March is the […]

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