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Property recovery will not be a repeat

14 October 2013 | Staff reporter

apartmentsThe apparent recovery in the property market will be in multi-unit dwellings rather than stand alone residences, which has implications for SMSF investors looking to invest in the sector. It also affects the prospects for investing in the shares of building products companies, who will struggle to increase profitability.

Investor sentiment is the real financial crisis

14 October 2013 | PSI

investorThe prospect of an American debt default is troubling. But the real danger is that investor confidence will take a battering, which will then become self fulfilling. According to one economist, the world still has too much debt.

Lobbying fierce to keep conflicts of interest

11 October 2013 | Reynard

conflictThe financial advice industry and the banks are lobbying hard to keep their conflicts of interest, in what is an extraordinarily unseemly demonstration of venality at the expense of clients' interests. The Abbott government seems intent on bowing to the pressure.

How Australia's rent seekers affect super

11 October 2013 | PSI

rentA speech by a well known economist about partisan politics, lobbying and the uneven effect on industry sectors is an important element in the thinking of investors. It suggests that SMSF owners are likely to be left alone by government, but they need to follow what decisions governments are making.

Gold sector comes under scrutiny

10 October 2013 | Broker reports editor

Gold ScrutinyThe price of the yellow precious metal has come off, and brokers are turning a critical eye on production levels and costs. Barring a sudden rise in the gold price because of the US debt crisis, investors need to scrutinise cash flow and balance sheets carefully.

Big shake up in super fund governance

10 October 2013 | Staff reporter

Governance shake upThe Coalition's proposed changes to governance of super funds imply yet another argument for starting your own SMSF in the right circumstances. At least with your own fund you can manage the interests in an easily understood way. With retail funds and industry funds, the transparency is low.

Risky times still for world financial system

10 October 2013 | PSI

World RiskyThe global financial system is still in trouble, which should be a warning to all investors. A recent IMF meeting indicated that the after effects of the GFC have not yet been fully dealt with, which means unpredictable times for the markets will remain.

Is suburbia over?

10 October 2013 | Staff reporter

SuburbiaEndDiscussion continues about the future of suburbia and apartments in the Australian housing market, which is something of a battle between personal preference and government fiat. Meanwhile, banks are starting to lend aggressively for housing.

Positive property signs

10 October 2013 | Staff reporter

PositiveA decision by the Victorian state government to override objections to planning permits is indicative of the long term growth prospects in Melbourne. Meanwhile, the so-called "Sydney premium" has largely disappeared, suggesting that it is the most positive rental market in the short term.

Global growth weak

10 October 2013 | PSI

WeakThe latest IMF report on the global economy reveals continuing weakness, which should leave investors cautious. It is unlikely that an across the board recovery will emerge, suggesting the choice of asset classes should be judicious.

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