Property prices to continue to slump?

Nov 21, 2018 admin Alternative Assets, Australian economy, Equity, news, Property, SMSF 0 Comment

Australian house prices continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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Global Markets Review September

Oct 05, 2018 admin Alternative Assets, Equity, Fixed Income, Global economy, news 0 Comment

  • The S&P500 hit record highs despite President Trump announcing further tariffs. This time around he added 10% to an additional $200b of Chinese imports, which are to rachet up on Januray 1st 2019 to 25%.
  • China responded to the latest round of tariffs by announcing 5-10% tariff increases on $60b of US imports.
  • The US Federal Reserve lifted interest rates (as expected) by 25bps to 2.25%.
  • The ASX200 lagged offshore markets by finishing the month 1.3% lower. The Royal Commission into Banking released an interim report, and Energy & Mining stocks rallied on stronger commodity prices.

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The broader implications of trade wars & a stronger USD

Sep 03, 2018 admin Alternative Assets, Australian economy, Fixed Income, Global economy, news, Property, SMSF 0 Comment

President Trump is shaking up the status quo of global politics. His main game has been to reverse the unfair advantage he believes China has had in the US economy. China has amassed an almost $30b trade surplus from net exports to the US, exporting everything from Christmas lights, t-shirts, and steel. His laser like focus on China has seen him levy tariffs of $50b, and now upping the ante to $200b.

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Global Market Review July 2018

Aug 03, 2018 admin Alternative Assets, Australian economy, Equity, Fixed Income, Global economy, news 0 Comment

  • Australian stocks added 1.4% for the month despite a fall in resource prices and related stocks. Gold fell 2.5%, oil off almost 7% to $74.25, and iron ore remained firm at $68.50.

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