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A contrarian view of how ‘austerity’ bleeds Japan

March 4th, 2011 · 9 Comments

With the Standard and Poor’s downgrading of Japan’s long-term credit rating from AA to AA minus, the focus even more is on how the economy can get out of its current deflationary quagmire.

Carbon, a new tax and Gillard’s Lifeform Levy

February 27th, 2011 · 33 Comments

The recent announcement by Julia Gillard that she is breaking an election promise and will attempt to bring in a Carbon Tax should come as no surprise to anyone. It is simply a reflection of the madness that is the Greens/Labor Party alliance and another example of a policy developed by a Government hooked on spending and raising taxation.

Stockwatch: Fosters Group Limited (FGL)

February 14th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Fosters Group Limited (ASX:FGL) is a blue-chip ASX-listed Australian beverage company with a wide range of brands covering beer, wine, spirits and ciders.  Over the last few years the company has faced a number of challenges and is now in the process of trying to improve it’s underlying business and deliver better value for shareholders.

Debating the Optimistic versus Pessimistic Views of China

January 18th, 2011 · 4 Comments

First a few personal facts. My involvement with China goes back to the early sixties as a diplomat in Hongkong where I was learning Mandarin. For a while I served as China desk officer in Canberra’s foreign affairs ministry. Then during Cultural Revolution days I finally got to China, by organizing an Australian pingpong team (over Canberra’s opposition).

A quick look at 52 week high and low stock prices: December 2010

December 31st, 2010 · 8 Comments

After some promising gains in the first part of 2010 the Australian stock market closed down today to finish the year basically unchanged. In plain English the share market essentially did nothing in 2010 and so if the Australian economy is really booming, then this is not being reflected in the performance of the ASX All Ordinaries or S&P/ASX 200.

Economic indicators, the Australian economy and the stock market

December 15th, 2010 · 16 Comments

As the year has progressed I have noticed that my view of the Australian stock market and economy has become increasingly at odds with most of the mainstream market commentators back in Australia.  Whereas they see reasons to be optimistic and feel the economy is robust, I feel the situation is quite different and believe the Australian economy is dangerously unbalanced and possibly primed for a nasty correction.

ASX All Ordinaries drifts sideways, the NBN and political turmoil

November 25th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Over the last few months it has become increasingly difficult to write about the Australian stock market simply because not much has been happening.  During the last 12 months the market has basically moved sideways with just the occasional dip or rally to break up the boredom.

43 ways to spend the National Broadband Network’s $43 billion

November 2nd, 2010 · 18 Comments

I have been a vocal critic of the National Broadband Network for a long time and was talking about what a mess it would be way before the mainstream media woke up.  So to further illustrate my point I have put together a list of  areas or ways where I believe the taxpayers $43 billion could be better spent and deliver better outcomes for the Australian people.

The unbalanced economy and household savings

October 23rd, 2010 · 43 Comments

Over the last few weeks most of the financial media have once again managed to draw the wrong conclusions on a range of issues from Australian dollar to the strength of the Australian economy.  Talk of the so called two speed economy seems to be back in vogue whereas I believe we should be focused on and worried by, the unbalanced nature of the Australian economy.

Origins of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

September 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

In the 1960’s the Japanese rightwing had a problem. The leftwing was arguing strongly that Japan’s postwar economy badly needed access to the markets and raw materials of China, North Korea and the Soviet Union if it was to survive (in prewar years it had depended heavily on China and the Korean peninsula for both).

The great Australian election hangover.

September 16th, 2010 · 36 Comments

Well after a few weeks of uncertainty following the federal election in Australia, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has managed to pull together a ragged alliance and hold onto power. Some people say that a minority government will be a refreshing change and can work well, but I believe that the coalition that Julia Gillard has put together will result in few tough decisions being made and could end up damaging the Australian economy.

A quick look at 52 week high and low stock prices: August 2010

August 11th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Today the Australian stock market is slipping back towards 4500 as once again investors are becoming concerned that the feeble global economic recovery is faltering. But rather than focus on the short term movement of the stock market let’s once again look at the 52 week share prices of some commonly held Australian stocks.

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