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14 May 2014 |
The Budget shows that capital expenditure has dropped dramatically in Australia as the mining boom ends. Asia may also be creating another cliff.
08 May 2014 |
The idea that money is a quantity of "stuff" (a bit like water) is deeply misleading. It leads economists into blind alleys, deceived by their own metaphors. Money is transactions. You can't literally have a "glut" of transactions.
27 April 2014 |
The global financial crisis was caused by traders going wild, making up their own rules. Governments took a back seat. Many are calling for government to take back the control. It is an important debate for self managed super investors because financial stability is the most important variable in investment.
09 April 2014 |
The "demographic bulge" is about to put great pressure on the Australian budget. A raising of the pension age, more means testing of welfare and co-payments for government services are all being put on the table by governments. The pressure to make DIY super work is increasing.
06 April 2014 |
Attacking "rich old white men" who have substantial super is apparently perfectly aceptable, despite the obvious ageism, sexism and perhaps even racism. It is a poor way to conduct a discussion about social equity and the budget deficit.
31 March 2014 |
Super was supposed to take the pressure off the budget as Australia ages. But a survey has shown that only 15% of couples and 5% of singles will be able to rely only on super for their retirement.
30 March 2014 |
Australia has managed to remain largely immune to the dire economic events that occurred internationally after the GFC. But with global markets still struggling, the question is will Australia be able to maintain its splendid isolation?
27 March 2014 |
The $A, the world's fifth most traded currency, is off to the races again. The casino of the world capital markets is finding it a useful gamble. For DIY investors it may suggest a reason to look offshore.
24 March 2014 |
Super investors can take some heart from the comments of Janet Yellen, the new head of the US Federal Reserve. A return to more "normal" conditions seems in the offing, including, eventually higher interest rates. But dangers still lurk.
10 March 2014 |
The global financial system is gradually recovering from the GFC. There are signs that private borrowing is resuming in America and the UK. And China remains strong. It suggests that investment conditions are slowly returning to something like normalcy, although dangers remain.
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