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The car industry, six billion dollars and another blunder.

November 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Well done Kevin Rudd, just weeks after causing chaos in the financial markets with his bank deposit guarantee, he has been able to pull another blunder out of his magic hat and found a way to potentially waste six billion dollars of Australian taxpayers money. Let’s be totally clear from the start here, the bailout package for the Australian car manufacturing sector is a political stunt aimed at shoring up support with the unions and Australians who seem to think we have a car manufacturing industry.

Government economic blunders of 2008. (so far)

October 28th, 2008 · No Comments

When we look back at the economic crisis this year, (and I am hoping at some point we are looking backwards) any reasonable appraisal of how events unfolded should include a scathing attack on the economic blunders made by the Australian government and in particular by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Treasurer, Wayne Swan.

The real estate market in Japan – outlook for 2009.

October 21st, 2008 · 4 Comments

As most people will probably know, real estate prices in Japan collapsed in the early 1990’s as part of the damage caused by the bursting of the infamous Japanese bubble economy. Sadly for the Japanese economy, there was no magical recovery and the dizzying prices seen in the late 1980’s were never seen again. Prices dropped for years and Japan entered a period often labelled as “the lost decade”. (although the term seems a little harsh to me)

The Reserve Bank, Rudd, Swan and a Hobbit.

October 16th, 2008 · No Comments

As readers of this blog will know, I am not a great fan of the actions of the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) or the current government when it comes to dealing with the events of this year. First of all we had the RBA raise rates too far (as I mentioned earlier this year) and then we had Rudd and Swan talking down the economy, then talking it up and now they are talking it down sort of, while about to pump money into it to stop growth from slowing.

The Cold War is over…right?

August 17th, 2008 · No Comments

According to the prevailing wisdom, the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West was suppose to have ended in the 1990’s, but it appears the U.S misses the excitement and is trying to stir things up again. You would think a global war on terror would keep the Americans occupied and that keeping as many countries as possible on friendly terms would be the smart thing to do.

The Olympics: are they a waste of resources?

August 12th, 2008 · No Comments

I do enjoy watching the Olympics from time to time, but I cannot help but think of all the money and resources that are needed to host the games in the modern era and question if these should have been directed elsewhere.

Does Japan have a population problem?

July 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Often one of the major problems facing Japan is said to be that is has a declining population. All sorts of scary statistics are used to paint an almost doomsday scenario where at some point there will be few young people left, the country will be composed mainly by the elderly and the economy will collapse.

Global warming: do your own research!

July 22nd, 2008 · 4 Comments

I have to admit that I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the theory that human activity is the primary reason for the apparent rise in global temperatures. My main reason for being a skeptic is the fact that the link between global warming and human activity is only one (of many) scientific “theories” that attempt to explain the reason why the earth “appears” to be getting warmer.

Those annoying market bears.

June 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Investing in the stock market recently has not been a lot of fun. Many people would be holding some stocks in their portfolio’s that have been savaged with quite a few stocks 40-60% lower than they were just 6 months ago. It is not just the small caps that have been hit either, even the usually reliable banks have been hit hard and it can all make one feel a little depressed at times.

The Fluffy Duck and Teflon Man Budget.

May 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Wayne “Fluffy Duck” Swan and Kevin “Teflon Man” Rudd have delivered their first budget and so I will share my thoughts on a few areas in the budget and my impression of the budget overall.

Can we prevent further turmoil in the market?

April 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As the casualty list from the stock market fall grows, the call for tougher regulation becomes louder. But will tougher laws and regulation really help? Can we prevent investors losing money via financial scams and corporate failures?

Why are governments not accountable?

April 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Did you hear about the former NSW Health Minister recently in court charged with gross negligence….no? Well neither did I. In fact do you recall any Minister State or Federal, being held account in the courts for negligence or any senior public servants for that matter? Probably not.

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