Costs of the Royal Commission

Feb 18, 2019 admin Australian economy, Equity, Global economy, news, Property, SMSF 0 Comment

The Royal Commission into Financial Services is now over, and we are no longer seeing shady operators passing out on the stand or defiant bank executives telling Commissioner Hayne that there is nothing to see. Have the costs outweighed the benefits? And who has actually paid?

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Global Markets Review - January 2019

Feb 05, 2019 admin Alternative Assets, Australian economy, Equity, Fixed Income, Global economy, news 0 Comment

Markets recovered strongly in January after a very volatile close to the year. The S&P500 added a solid 8%, European markets+5.6%, and Aussie stocks +3.8%.

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2018's winners and losers

Jan 15, 2019 admin Alternative Assets, Australian economy, Equity, Fixed Income, Global economy, news, Property, SMSF 0 Comment

It might be hard to pick who has been a winner in terms of global politics, but Huawei's heiress and CFO, Meng Wanzhou would certainly have to qualify as a loser. Her shock arrest on December 1 in Canada reignited geo-political tensions, and helped spur the market jitters which saw significant downward moves in equity markets across the globe.

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Blink - The Aussie Dollar's flash crash

Jan 07, 2019 admin Australian economy, Fixed Income, Global economy, news 0 Comment

The little Aussie Battler (the Australian Dollar) also had a significant move over the last 12 months, moving from around 78c, up to almost 82c, then falling to around 70c. The trading range of 11.9c was the widest since 2014, showing volatility has crept into foreign exchange markets too. The moves were a reaction to strengthening interest rates in the US and poor trade/economic growth sentiment for our major trading partner – China.

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Global Market Review December 2018

Jan 03, 2019 admin Alternative Assets, Australian economy, Equity, Fixed Income, Global economy, news 0 Comment

  • December stock market jitters have wiped 6 months and in some cases, a year's worth of gains away from returns. Into year end Geo-political tensions escalated on Huawei's CFO arrest, and the China/US tariff posturing.
  • US Markets shed 2-3% a day in one week, leaving them broadly 5-8% lower for the year. This is because solid underlying earnings growth is being ignored in favour of higher risks ahead, including interest rates, trade, Brexit and a slowing global economy.
  • In Australia, it is increasingly likely that we will have a Shorten Labor Government and tax policy for CGT & Franking Credits will be targeted and ultimately have significant implications for stocks, hybrids, and property markets.

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