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Gold dims

19 June 2013 | Staff reporters

Gold dimsThe boom in the gold price was a measure of the fear that investors felt about the global financial system. Most of the investment was into exchange traded funds (ETFs) and not the physical stuff. In fact, ETFs vastly exceed the size of actual gold in the world. Dr Doom economist Nouriel Roubini is now explaining what went wrong with the gold price:

Echo chamber

19 June 2013 | Staff reporters

Echo EntertainmentThe news that Echo Entertainment chief executive John Redmond is promising to invest more than $1billion to protect his casino monopoly in Sydney and "crush" James Packer’s bid to build a six-star hotel and invitation-only casino in Barangaroo should be a warning to investors.

Making Money From Traffic

18 June 2013 | Staff reporters

TrafficOne of the best defensive investments is Transurban. Taking tolls from traffic is a far more predictable revenue stream than many otyer sectors and the company has managed to avoid the debt disasters that have afflicted other toll road companies. 

Volatility in Super Returns

18 June 2013 | Staff reporters

Super volatilitySuper funds have lost 3.5% off returns because of weakness in the equity markets. The Financial Review is reporting that returns have been good, and, the fund managers are talking it up, saying returns are still well into double digits:

The Tribulations of Metals Pricing Hit Lynas

17 June 2013 | Staff reporters

MetalsManaging a resources company means dealing with the unexpected. Lynas has had a difficult job getting approval for its Malaysian processing site. Now it has had to deal with lower prices for rare earths. The long term prospects for rare earths look sound, especially with heavy dominance by China. 

Time To Buy Equities?

17 June 2013 |

Buy equities?Broker UBS has a modestly bullish take on the local stock market. The market has fallen by over 10% in a month, the All Ords showing its customary aversion to staying over 5000. So it may be time to buy. 

What does the China Threat Mean to Australia?

07 June 2013 | Staff reporters

China threatAn article in today's Age by John Garnaut sounds an alarming tone about the future of the Chinese economy. The 35 year expansion, the greatest era of sustained wealth creation the world has ever seen, may be coming under pressure:

Is Australia Having a Delayed GFC and what are the Options?

07 June 2013 | Staff reporters

Australian GFC?Doing reasonably well in tough times is the hall mark of good long term investing. And there are growing indications that those tough times are coming. As mining investment cools, the skewing of the economy towards resources, so called "Dutch disease" is leaving its mark. 

AMP: Should You Invest Your Super in a Super Company?

07 June 2013 | Staff reporters

Wealth management may be good defensiveAMP is the purest stock market play on wealth management. In particular, the raising of the super contribution from 9% to 12% will benefit the company, creating much higher inflows. The company has also achieved synergies from its merger with AXA. It has a reasonable capital position. 

Super Funds and the Traps of Trusting Experts

06 June 2013 | Staff reporters

Super trapsThe blogger Alex Dunnin had an interesting debate about Super Funds' use of external investment "specialists" . It is more confirmation of the big leap of faith that superannuants make when they do not manage the money themselves.

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