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US Fed chief points to more normal world

24 March 2014 | PSI

Business as usualSuper 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.

Borrowing rises in US

10 March 2014 | Staff reporter

BorrowingThe 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.

The GFC hasn't ended

27 February 2014 | PSI

CashThe removal of interest rates in most of the developed world is a sign that the global financial crisis is ongoing. It is hitting pensions around the world and is a warning to DIY super investors to be cautious.

Japan's problems loom dangerously

20 February 2014 | PSI

JapanJapan has been in trouble for over two decades. Much of America's monetary policy in the lead up to the GFC was an effort to avoid Japan's mistakes. The only upside was that the country used to run a trade surplus, but that has ended. It may spell danger.

Private debt good, public debt bad?

17 February 2014 | PSI

Public Private DebtOne of the lessons of the GFC is that high public debt is more dangerous than high private debt. Countries with excessive government debt suffered much more than those with low debt. Australia's public debt is low, which may explain some of the lack of impact of the economies other excesses.

The next crisis?

05 February 2014 | PSI

Next CrashThere are disturbing signs that the mistakes made by developing economies in the past, which caused financial crises, are being repeated.

Is the $A heading for a fall or rise?

04 February 2014 | Staff reporter

AU DollarIt is possible to make two opposite cases about the direction of the $A. One is that, with LNG improving the nation's trade position, the currency will rise. This is the "fundamentals" argument. The other is that, with sentiment improving towards the $US, the $A is headed down. The latter trend may be more compelling.

Fear stronger than bubbles

10 December 2013 | PSI

fearThere are concerns that the American stock market is overheating and bubbles are beginning to form in the world economy. But fear remains the overriding sentiment, and investors are still parking much of their capital in cash, despite low interest rates.

The Chinese investment tidal wave

03 December 2013 | PSI

“Tsunami”China is starting to loosen its controls on the yuan, which may unleash a tidal wave of investment from the Middle Kingdom. It is a significant development for SMSF investors to watch. Some of that money may be coming towards Australia.

The state of the world

28 November 2013 | Broker reports editor

“TheWorld”Investment markets are global, so the attitude of global investors has profound implications for local investors. A broker report gives a positive outlook.

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