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Is the rate cycle turning?

28 January 2014 | PSI

“Rates”When advisers start telling home owners that it may be time to fix interest rates, it is a signal to personal super investors. Investing in the housing market may have just become more perilous.

What the Abbott government means for banks

19 December 2013 | Broker reports editor

banksThe increase in government debt will have implications for where banks look for liquidity. One broker predicts it will mean a move away from securitisation and mortgage backed securities, which would be a negative for the regional banks.

Who is winning in insurance?

19 December 2013 | Broker reports editor

win-insuranceThe sharp sell off in QBE has focused attention on other players in the sector. One broker has given a  breakdown of their performance. Another recommends IAG.

Be yourself, know thyself

18 December 2013 | Staff reporter

knowSMSF investors should understand their own biases and tendencies if they are to make sound decisions. It is possible for very different people to do well, but self knowledge is key.

Australia's looming generation war: SMSF investors v first home buyers

17 December 2013 | Staff reporter

“smsfwar”The ATO has cleared up some issues around SMSF investors borrowing to buy property. But should DIY fund managers go into the hot property market? A Senate enquiry will be looking at issues of affordability and the availability of land.

Diversifying offshore

16 December 2013 | Staff reporter

OffshoreThe high $A suggests that looking offshore has its attractions. But the fate of Australia's currency is determined by forces larger than the performance of the local economy, making its direction unpredictable. And there are risks in overseas markets.

Government to declare war on itself

13 December 2013 | PSI

“war”Governments could monitor their own surveillance and decide it is against the national interest. Then they could knock on their own doors at 3 a.m. and put themselves in handcuffs, while making sure to ban any press coverage. After all, we must have privacy.

The layer above: the techies who really drive the markets

13 December 2013 | Reynard

“nerd”When SMSF investors undertake investments in the Australian share market or other asset markets, they should be aware that they are operating at the traditional level. Above them, there is another level of computer driven geekery that is using what they do as data to feed into their risk models.

Property investors borrow aggressively

12 December 2013 | PSI

borrowAustralians are borrowing heavily to buy into the property market, pushing out first home buyers. Low interest rates are increasing investors' appetites. For DIY super investors relying on capital gains, the market is looking frothy again.

Fear stronger than bubbles

11 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.

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