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Could the next bull market be already underway?

May 5th, 2009 · 34 Comments

Without doubt the 2008-2009 bear market has been savage and most investors have seen their investment portfolios take a battering.  This year has been particularly unnerving as the Australian stock market looked like it may fall below 3000 just some weeks ago and we were heading for levels not seen since the last bear market.  But just as all bull markets come to an end so do bear markets, and so I cannot help wondering if the rally since the lows of March (Ides of March?) mean we are already in the next bull market phase?

Bring back the toga and lose the House of Representatives!

April 21st, 2009 · 8 Comments

It appears to me that the form of democracy we have in Australia (and other parts of the world) is really starting to struggle now in the 21st century. After all, we are basically using a form of government that is now a few centuries old and has been responsible for just as many blunders and failures across the world as it has successes. So maybe it is time we started to think about giving our system of government an overhaul and I believe we can learn a lot from the Romans.

The National Broadband Network: from debacle to disaster

April 11th, 2009 · 29 Comments

Like many Australians I have been frustrated for many years over the slow progress that was made in getting affordable high speed internet connections widely available across Australia.  However in order to get a world class communications network deployed we need the private sector to be in the driving seat and for the government to be involved as little as possible.  Yet thanks to government mismanagement, Australia is now about to spend a fortune of taxpayers money to roll-out a national broadband network.

Stockwatch: Global Mining Investments (GMI)

March 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

The problem with picking which mining stock to invest in is that you really need to know something about mining or you need to be getting advice from someone that does. Unfortunately most of the analysts out there covering companies like BHP and RIO do not have any qualifications in disciplines such as mining engineering or geology, and for me that is like having a stock broker tick-off the pre-flight checklist on an aircraft I am just about to fly in. He might be a smart guy, but personally I would prefer someone who knows about aeroplanes up in the cockpit thanks.

The recession, economic stimulus and the stock market.

March 15th, 2009 · 53 Comments

Often economists, journalists and politicians use so much jargon when talking about the current economic situation that is is hard to follow what they are actually trying to say. Economists for example cannot seem to agree on anything except that they are legends in their own minds, journalists try and fumble through economic discussions and politicians simply try and convince us they know what they are talking about. The simple fact is much of the time all three groups talk utter rubbish.

Telstra, Sol and the dog and pony show.

February 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

It is no surprise that Sol Trujillo is leaving Telstra after years of under achievement and I suspect few people in Telstra will be sorry to see him go. Shareholders, consumers and the Government can only hope that the next CEO will be a little more interested in the future of Australian telecommunications and less about his or her pay packet.

Dealing with a recession: The Japanese way.

February 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

If you have read mainstream media reports about the Japanese economy lately then it is likely you have been bombarded with articles about the plight of temporary workers and the plunge in profits at companies like Toyota. This has probably conveyed an image to you that Japan Inc. is on the verge of collapse, however nothing could be further from the truth because even in the midst of this global crisis, Japanese companies are looking towards the future and making sure they are ready to bounce back with the global economy improves.

Blaming the bankers only hides the truth.

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Those evil bankers, how could they do this to us? Because of their greed they have destroyed the global economy, caused global warming and killed Elvis. Their extreme capitalistic neo-liberal Reaganomics ways have doomed us all, while we the general public were going about our daily lives helping the poor, spending wisely and spreading goodwill throughout the world.

The national broadband debacle: all hail to Senator Conroy.

February 17th, 2009 · 23 Comments

Lost within the turmoil of the $42 billion federal government spend-a-thon and the so called “national economic crisis” has been the issue of the infamous “National Broadband Network”. After ridiculing the Howard government for taking too long to initiate work on this network, all Senator Conroy has managed to do is set things back a few years and we are still effectively nowhere near seeing work start on on this important national infrastructure project.

Vodafone and Hutchison: a merger of two failures.

February 15th, 2009 · 46 Comments

Although many business analysts and market commentators will tell you that the merger between Vodafone and Hutchison in Australia will create a strong third force in the mobile telecommunications market, quite the opposite is probably true. The company that will evolve from this merger will struggle to hold onto existing customers and rather than closing the gap with Optus and Telstra, the gap may actually become even wider.

Could we see a stock market rally in 2009?

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Our daily dose of business news appears universally bad, the global economy seems to be in a free fall and yet many investors are looking for signs of life and a stock market rally. Is it possible the next bull market could start in 2009, and could we see the Australian stock market stage a significant recovery this year?

Bridges to somewhere: Infrastructure spending in Japan.

February 10th, 2009 · 6 Comments

It seems that the old bubble economy stories about Japan are doing the rounds again in business journals and finance websites these days as lazy journalists try to make comparisons between infrastructure spending in Japan during the 1990’s, and the economic stimulus packages being proposed in the U.S and other countries.

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