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08 February 2018 |
An overnight plunge on Wall Street thrust The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 into correction territory for the first time in two years at 8am (AEDT), as worries about rising interest rates and new-found volatility rattled markets again.
A shaky day in the bond market appeared to spook equity investors and pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1,032.89 points, or 4.1 per cent, to 23860.46. The plunge marks second-steepest point decline on record, after Monday’s 1,175.21-point swoon. The losses escalated into the close, with the blue-chip index falling about 450 points in the final 30 minutes of trading.
05 March 2017 |
How big are the returns for good presidential behaviour? President Donald Trump last week gave a sedate but disciplined speech to Congress that lacked any specific financial commitments. The day after he spoke world markets rejoiced and indices hit all-time records.
04 January 2017 |
From stalled hiring to plunging stocks, a look back at recession signals that weren't
29 December 2016 |
Donald Trump's presidential victory has been greeted by most of the mainstream media with shock and apprehension, which is to be expected given that they were barracking for his opponent. It is worth examining just why the antipathy to Trump has been so great among those used to pulling the levers of power.
29 December 2016 |
The idea that machines will replace humans, transforming the work force, is far from new. The Luddites, bands of English workers who destroyed machinery in cotton and wood mills in the early 19th century because they believed the machines were taking their jobs, were responding to exactly these fears.
17 June 2015 |
The most important financial indicator in the world is the US interest rate, which has been virtually zero for some time. It looks like that is about to change.
29 March 2015 |
Many are predicting another sovereign debt crisis in emerging countries. It may happen, but the markets rarely do what people expect. For SMSF investors it is wise not to over-react, even if there are adverse events.
23 November 2014 |
China's decision to lower interest rates is a further sign that the world economy remains weak. It may mean a weaker Australian economy and lower Australian dollar, with implications for DIY investors.
10 November 2014 |
With the Bank of Japan and the ECB easing monetary policy, concerns are growing that money is too cheap. It may be leading to unhealthy speculation.
22 October 2014 |
Many developed economies are trying to keep their currencies weak in order to keep deflation away. A weak currency makes imports more expensive, which creates inflation.
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