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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.

AREITs need careful scrutiny

08 October 2013 | Broker reports editor

scrutinySMSF investors often prefer investment in commercial property for the income. AREITs, which proved to be a parlous sector in the lead up to the GFC, have become a more predictable asset class. But demand is weak and it is important to discriminate carefully.

Gas boom may be a fizzer

08 October 2013 | Staff reporter

BurntoutLNG is touted as Australia's next big boom. Woodside and Santos are big players. But developments in North America and Malaysia suggest that the competition is likely to become intense, suggesting the boom may not be as great as hoped.

Debt crisis may be opportunity

08 October 2013 | PSI

debtThe strangeness of the current situation with the potential stand off over the US debt ceiling is that it is likely to cause investors to buy US Treasuries. The biggest impact will probably be felt in the stock market, which may well open up opportunities for investors. The high Australian dollar may also be a reason to look offshore.

Is gold a good play?

07 October 2013 | Broker reports editor

GoldGoodPlayIn times of uncertainty investors traditionally invest in gold. It is as much psychological as real, but because investors think gold is a safe haven, therefore it is a safe haven. The US shutdown may be the time to look at some possible investing.

US shutdown may create opportunity

07 October 2013 | PSI

USShutDownThe growing intransigence in US politics is of mainly psychological importance in the markets, but psychology matters. High levels of volatility seem assured and this may create opportunities for SMSF investors.

Big trouble at Leighton

04 October 2013 | Broker reports editor

Agriculture Claims that Leighton Holding has been involved in bribery has resulted in the stock falling by a tenth. Brokers, however, are not overly troubled about the company, tending to sit on the fence. It is part of a continuing level of uncertainty about the company's future, however.

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