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Rudd Economics 101: When in doubt spend like crazy.

May 20th, 2009 · 34 Comments

It appears that finally the Australian media and by default the wider public are starting to worry about Rudd’s mountain of debt. At first many Australian’s were quite happy to pocket their Government handouts in some crazed belief that is was magic money that would not have to be repaid some day or at least, not by them. But perhaps the latest Federal Budget has finally got people thinking as opposed to living happily in ignorance in the Matrix.

Federal Budget 09: A confusing mix.

May 18th, 2009 · 34 Comments

I guess the word confused would best describe my reaction to the Federal Budget handed down by the Government last week. I was expecting some tough decisions to be made so that Australia could emerge from this recession in fairly good shape, but instead the Budget had no clear direction and it seems the Government is hoping that by throwing money at major infrastructure projects that it can appease the public until China saves the day.

The stock market crash of 1987 – a time to reflect.

May 13th, 2009 · 5 Comments

The stock market crash of 1987 is often overlooked these days when the current economic crisis is debated. The major reason for this I suspect is that the crash of that year was driven by factors much different to those driving the current stock market falls. However it is still very interesting to reflect on the events of 1987 and consider how much and how little the operations of the financial markets have changed over the last 20 years.

Bull markets, bear markets and stock market rallies.

May 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Over the last year or so I have noticed that many investors get very emotional when talking about bull markets, bear markets and stock market rallies simply because they misunderstand what the terms mean. Often this emotion stems from the fact they have made losses or their investment plan has not performed quite the way they would have liked, and sometimes the reason for this is they did not fully appreciate what bull and bear markets actually are.

Federal Budget 2009: The Yes Minister preview.

May 11th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Lights, camera, action! It is almost time for another budget from the masters of spin and we are all invited to watch the drama unfold. The 2009 federal budget will be one of the most eagerly awaited budgets in years and the key question for me is: why is the Government talking up the need to borrow and spend one moment and then in the next breath, warning us that we all need to share the pain because the Government has to reign in spending?

For the record: May 2009

May 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Well it is time to reflect once again on some of the stock positions I have taken over the last 6 months or so. Although this is often a painful experience, I would suggest to anyone who invests in shares to regularly reflect on how their portfolio is tracking and revisit the reasons why they purchased (or sold) a particular stock. Often we can learn a little about our own investing style if we have a brutal look at our past investments and this may help us make better investment decisions in the future.

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?

Fuel cells, nuclear power, solar energy and the way forward for Japan

May 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments

The global economic downturn is hurting most developed nations and at present, most governments around the world are focused on supporting their economies via a range of economic stimulus packages. But in my mind a good stimulus package should not only be cost effective and support future productivity, but it should also position a nation for the eventual recovery in the global economy. In that respect Australia could learn a lot from Japan where contrary to what is conveyed in the western media, a great deal of thought and common sense goes into government spending packages and long term planning.

Rudd’s recession and the fools on the hill.

April 22nd, 2009 · 14 Comments

Now I know some people will think I am harsh using the term “Rudd’s recession” but when you claim to be able to solve many of the world’s problems, you also have to take some heat when your mystic powers cannot fix everything. Mind you not everything is going against Kevin Rudd as it seems parts of Antarctica are not melting after all and in fact some of the icy bits down south are getting bigger! So Kev07 might have made a dogs breakfast of the economy, but he just might have just saved the planet!

The world’s biggest companies: what does this tell investors?

April 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Sometimes as stock market investors it is useful for us to step away from the daily noise created by market analysts, company CEO’s and news headlines and try to look at the big picture.  One way to do this is to just get back to the basics and look at hard data to see if this helps us spot any trends regarding in the global economy. So it seems reasonable that a good place to start would be by looking at the top companies across the world to see who is making money and why.

World stock markets rally: is the bear back in its cage?

April 14th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Without a doubt there are a lot of scary economic numbers out there and as far as the Australian economy goes, things seem to be heading downhill fast. But as strange as it seems, the bad news recently has not been all that bad and actually there has even been some good news. So is it possible that at long last that the bear is back in its cage?

Is it time for another Australian sovereign wealth fund?

April 9th, 2009 · 10 Comments

It seems the Australian government is in the mood to throw money around in order to try and lessen the impact of the recession, but one option that does not seem to have been raised is for the government to establish another sovereign wealth fund. This new fund could act as means of supporting the stock market and provide a source of income over future years to maintain spending on such things as national infrastructure and healthcare.

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