Over the last couple of weeks the Australian stock market has been on the rise with the ASX All Ordinaries & S&P/ASX 200 heading towards 5500. As a result there is now much talk about a bull market and of investors chasing yield which for me, is simply background noise. What I am really interested in is trying to understand if the market is set to keep rising or if it’s time to adopt a defensive strategy for the time being.
February 24th, 2014 · Greg Atkinson · 3 Comments
February 5th, 2014 · Greg Atkinson · 19 Comments
This year I am a little late in dusting off the crystal ball but it’s now time once again to study the tea leaves, throw some bones over my shoulder and try and forecast how the ASX All Ordinaries Index & S&P/ASX 200 Index may perform this year. Firstly let me stress, as I have done many times in the past, that none of us mere mortals have the ability to see into the future and so any stock market forecast is a calculated or semi-calculated guess.
January 20th, 2014 · Chris Vermeulen · 5 Comments
2013 was one of the worst years for gold in a generation and the strangest part of it is that this loss came during a time in what should have been a banner year for gold. When the Fed launched its QE1 and QE2 programs, gold posted huge gains but with QE3, we only had a brief rally in late 2012, it’s been all downhill form there. The price of gold over the last year highlights just how much Europe has become a powerful driver behind gold vs. the US which has historically been the main mover.
January 13th, 2014 · Greg Atkinson · 5 Comments
By the end of 2013 the ASX All Ordinaries Index (XAO) & S&P/ASX 200 Index (XJO) both gained around 15% which was a healthy above average annual gain with the long term return for stocks being around 10%. But we need to keep the 2013 gains in perspective and not get carried away by some of the media hype and excitable comments being made by fund managers & analysts etc.
December 30th, 2013 · Chris Vermeulen · 6 Comments
So far this year (2013) has been a great year for trading and my 2014 forecast looks to be as good if not even better. I do have something exciting to share with you that is going to make 2014 really amazing, but first let me talk about the stock market and what is likely to unfold in the next week or two so you can protect your investments.
December 16th, 2013 · Greg Atkinson · 5 Comments
At this time of year we are bombarded with the less than useful reflections of market analysts, brokers and finance columnists who use the benefit of hindsight to tell us mere mortals how they spotted the trends for the year and how easy it was to have profited from the stock market. I however will spare my readers this ordeal and calmly analyse charts of the ASX All Ordinaries Index going back 10 years. I will also look back on the long term outlook for the Australian stock market that I outlined in 2009 and review how events have unfolded since then.
November 22nd, 2013 · Chris Vermeulen · 16 Comments
A couple weeks ago I posted these same charts talking about the pending breakout (in either direction) with silver, gold and mining stocks. Fast forwarding to this week its clear this sector continues its struggle to rally. Key support levels are now being tested and if these levels fail prepare for a sharp correction with mining stocks showing the most downside potential of roughly 25% for the GDX ETF trading fund.
November 12th, 2013 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments
A lot has happened since the last review of the Shareswatch Random Stocks Portfolio in January with the S&P/ASX having risen from just under 4800 to around 5400. That’s a gain of about 12% so it would not be unreasonable to expect the portfolio to have also posted a good gain over the same period.
October 25th, 2013 · Greg Atkinson · 9 Comments
Today the ASX All Ordinaries Index is up near the 5400 level with few signs that the current rally which started in July is about to fade. For market bulls this is a joyous occasion and for long term investors such as myself, it is a welcome change from years of the market edging sideways. However I will not be breaking out the champagne just yet as there are risks out there which seem to be getting over-looked.
October 18th, 2013 · Chris Vermeulen · No Comments
Last week on October 8th the financial market experienced a broad based sell off. Every sector was down with utilities being the only exception. The individual leadership stocks, which are typically small to mid-cap companies (IWM – Russell 2K) that have a strong history and outlook of earnings growth, were hit hard as well.
October 4th, 2013 · Greg Atkinson · 3 Comments
It might surprise some readers to know that over the last 6 months the Australian stock market has essentially moved sideways again. It’s true that over the last quarter the market has posted a healthy gain and this sort of action gets analysts & reporters very excited. But the boring longer term reality is that the All Ords was hovering around 5,200 in May and that is where it is now.
September 25th, 2013 · Greg Atkinson · 13 Comments
There is a lot of confusing news & information swirling around regarding the markets these days. Depending on who you listen to either the U.S. economy is recovering or Ben Bernanke is the ultimate asset bubble creator. In China some see the economy in a state of planned transition whereas others (including myself), see it as a command economy fuelled by unsustainable credit growth. Meanwhile in Australia there appears to be some confusion regarding if the mining boom is over or just having a rest?
September 8th, 2013 · Greg Atkinson · 3 Comments
Well it’s over at last – the end of what has essentially been a three year election campaign in Australia and hopefully also the end of political instability; but that may be asking for too much. Tony Abbott will be the next Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd will now get on with doing what he does best what he does best – sulk in a corner and the Australian stock market will probably not do a lot.
August 29th, 2013 · Chris Vermeulen · 9 Comments
It has been a bumpy ride for precious metal investors over the past couple of years and it unfortunately I do not think its over just yet. The good news is that the bottom has likely been put in for gold, silver and gold miners BUT the recent rally in these metals and miner looks to be coming to an end. While we could see another pop in price over the next week or so the price, volume and momentum seem to be stalling out.
August 23rd, 2013 · Gregory Clark · 3 Comments
Australians used to call themselves “the lucky country,” after the title of a 1960s’ best-seller saying how farming wealth had allowed Australia to create a stable, prosperous and fairly egalitarian society. But today’s minerals wealth seems to have worked in reverse, to create a nation prone to quick fixes, whimsical political changes, flip-flop foreign policies and crazy economic strategies. From the sober lucky country we move to the feckless happy-go-lucky country.
August 13th, 2013 · Greg Atkinson · 22 Comments
There has been a lot of noise about the Australian economy of late due to the federal election campaign, and most likely much of what is talked about by politicians is not worth paying much attention to. For investors the bigger and more important issues are related to if the Australian economy is in long term decline or is the economy simply heading through a short term rough patch.
July 26th, 2013 · Greg Atkinson · 6 Comments
As the Australian stock market continues to essentially drift sideways perhaps now is a good time to step away from looking at individual stocks and look at which sectors have been moving the wider S&P/ASX 200 (XJO) Index. To do this I am going to focus on six S&P/ASX 200 sector indices namely the S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples (XSJ), S&P/ASX 200 Financials (XFJ), S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT (XPJ), S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary (XDJ), S&P/ASX 200 Materials (XMJ) and S&P/ASX 200 Industrials (XNJ).
July 16th, 2013 · Chris Vermeulen · 33 Comments
During the recent weeks we have seen commodities especially precious metals continue to drop in value. Market participant sentiment has become more bearish on commodities and couple that with a rising dollar it’s no wonder why we continue to see commodities as a whole fall in value.