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Wildly divergent views about property market

17 February 2014 | Staff reporter

Divergent viewsA sign of a dangerous market is that opinions start to diverge about the direction it is going to take. Although this is not a sure fire indication of where the market is headed, that is what is happening in Australia's property market. DIY super investors should be cautious if they are punting on capital gains.

The doubtful future of the future of financial advice

14 February 2014 | PSI

Future doubtThe Coalition's proposed "reforms" of the Future of Financial Advice are dubious in the extreme. Why should financial advisers not be subject to perfectly normal professional standards, such as not having a conflict of interest? Two lawyers have described the consequences. It is another reason for the DIY fund.

Australian market may be less vulnerable to crisis

13 February 2014 | PSI

Less VulnerableThere are growing signs of an international crisis because of the over exposure of emerging markets to debt. This is creating nervousness in stock markets. But one broker reckons that the Australian stock market could prove resilient.

Are financial advisers going to get a free pass from the government?

11 February 2014 | Staff reporter

Free PassThe government is asking for repsonses to a draft bill to change the Future of Financial Advice legislation that applies to how financial advisers are regulated. There is a risk it may be a green light for financial advisers to do what they like, without the constraints that apply to other professions.

Signs of strength in stock markets

10 February 2014 | Broker reports editor

oreEarnings revisions were only slightly downwards according to a broker report. It is a sign of strength in the market. Meanwhile, global conditions are also improving.

The next crisis?

06 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.

How to produce better productivity statistics

05 February 2014 | PSI

“StatisticsThe downward trend in graphs of Australia's productivity has a simple solution. Turn the graphs upside down. They will look much better.

They would say that, wouldn't they?

05 February 2014 | Reynard

“SelfVested interests are attacking the self managed super fund sector in an effort to claw back some of the funds they have lost. For the most part the critics are showing how little they are to be trusted, which is the very reason for the rise of self managed super in the first place.

Is the $A heading for a fall or rise?

05 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.

Buildings materials companies may be over rated

31 January 2014 | Broker reports editor

oreThe buildings materials sector should be benefiting from the housing strength. But analysts think that the market may be getting ahead of itself. CSR and Adelaide Brighton may be the preferred play.

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