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Why super is destroying political ideologies

07 May 2021 | David James

There has been much political manoeuvring between the two major parties over super policy. What has been missed is that Australia’s superannuation system is a new kind of economics that comes from neither political left or right.

Bullish estimates on earnings a sign of growing normality in shares

06 May 2021 | David James

There are growing signs of an improvement in corporate earnings estimates, especially in Australia but also in the US and Europe. The 70 per cent jump in local estimates has implications for investors, indicating a return to something more “normal”.

The madness of king greenback

04 May 2021 | David James

The biggest problem facing investors is the irrationality of the global markets, which introduces high levels of uncertainty.

Will the ASX 200’s strength continue?

28 April 2021 | David James


The ASX 200 is on the verge of posting its seventh successive month of rises. How does the Australian market compare with the rest of the world and will there be a sell off?

Why China is really attacking Australia

27 April 2021 | David James

A recent program on Four Corners showed how China’s trade policy is devastating many of Australia’s primary industries, including barley, wine, beef and crayfish. This is being interpreted as a political attack, which it may well be. But there is also a strong financial reason for what is happening.

Apps amp counterfeit trade

22 February 2021 | Banking Day

Encrypted messaging app Telegram has turned into an outlet for the sale of counterfeit currency with advertisers pushing the use of illegal notes in everyday transactions.

Lockdowns in Asia have sparked a stampede home

05 April 2020 | The Economist

WHERE DO YOU belong? This is not a metaphysical question. For English-speaking Indians, “belonging” to a place means simply that you come from there, as in, “I live in Delhi but belong to Bengal.” Yet for millions of migrant labourers, not only in India but across Asia, covid-19 has given the question new meaning.

Technology startups are headed for a fall

05 April 2020 | The Economist

FOR A SENSE of how covid-19 is affecting the world’s technology “unicorns”, as privately held firms worth $1bn or more have come to be known, consider two of them. Lime, a scooter-rental firm valued at $2.4bn, has halted its services in Europe and America, where most citizens have been told to stay off the streets. 

NATO’s Watford summit features a troublesome trio

27 February 2020 | The Economist

THE CELEBRATION of NATO’s 70th birthday should have been a triumphal march. The average lifespan of collective-defence alliances over the past five centuries is just 15 years. 

House prices are rising again, but will brakes be applied?

27 February 2020 | Firstlinks

The Australian housing market has steadily reaccelerated since the middle of this year. House prices across most capital cities had been falling for 21 consecutive months, but finally bottomed out in around May 2019 and are now rising again.

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