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The G20 Toronto Summit: the end of consensus.

July 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

As readers of this blog will know, I believe that the G20 leaders meetings are generally a waste of time and fossil fuels. After each meeting all we ever get is some vague declaration that basically says all the G20 leaders are wonderful with the mainstream media simply rehashing press releases and happy to go along for the ride. The latest G20 gathering in Toronto, Canada, was no different except that more police cars were set alight.

The Resources Super Profits Tax, twisted logic and why Henry must go.

June 7th, 2010 · 98 Comments

Quite clearly the debate regarding the Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT) in Australia and abroad has not died down. Despite what the Government would like people to believe, it is not just the foreign mining companies that are opposed to this new tax, but also small Australian mining companies, business owners and the public in general.

Media vultures circle Japan’s P.M.

May 27th, 2010 · 11 Comments

In Brazil they tell the story of the small-town TV crime reporter who gained fame and scoops by arranging crimes himself. He could then rush out and interview the victims well before rivals. But eventually his scoops caught up with him and he ended up in jail.

Has the stock market correction gone too far?

May 24th, 2010 · 51 Comments

For more than a week investors have been watching stock markets across the globe drop sharply as concerns over debt in Europe have raised doubts in people’s minds that a global economy recovery is really taking shape. But is the current correction really that bad, and is there a chance that stocks have fallen too far, too quickly?

The two speed economy, debt and the fantasyland federal budget.

May 17th, 2010 · 39 Comments

Now that the major stock markets around the world are falling the Australian media have become obsessed with the concept of a “two speed economy”. I am not sure who first started using this term, maybe it was the gurus at the Treasury or the Reserve Bank, but in my view there is no such thing as a two speed economy. The situation we have now is that the economy has simply been mismanaged.

The tax review, health reform and Rudd fatigue.

May 7th, 2010 · 74 Comments

Well the Government’s response to the Henry Tax Review has been released and even Ruddites like David Koch from Kev07’s public relations program “Sunrise” seem annoyed by the way the report is basically being shelved. Suddenly the business media has woken up to the fact that Rudd and Swan are economic dills, but as reader’s of this blog will be aware I have been warning about what these two would do to the economy for years.

What might an Australian economic slump look like?

April 30th, 2010 · 140 Comments

If you are an investor and you have not contemplated an economic slump in Australia during the next few years then in my view, you might be in for a nasty surprise. Yes the Australian economy did hold up well during the worst of global financial crisis, but the crisis isn’t over yet and it still has some sting left in it’s tail. (just ask the people of Greece!)

Another G20 love-in, the global recovery and China.

April 25th, 2010 · 36 Comments

All hail to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, for according to the communiqué from G20 meeting in Washington, they have saved the world from a financial crisis and will now lead us into a new era of growing global trade. Of course if the G20 actually functioned properly in the first place we would not be in the mess we are in now, but I guess they don’t talk about that much at the meeting.

ASX All Ordinaries candlestick charts and trends.

April 13th, 2010 · 111 Comments

Yesterday the ASX All Ordinaries finally closed above 5000 and many stock market investors will now be wondering if this is the start of another period of rising stock prices, or simply the prelude to another downwards correction. Well the answer to both questions  in my opinion, is yes.

For the record: March 2010

March 19th, 2010 · 18 Comments

Since August 2009 I have not been that active in terms of buying or selling stocks simply because I have not found the share market that interesting. On one hand it is hard to find stocks that offer enough value to make me part with my cash and on the other, the market has not rallied far enough to entice me to sell much.

The S&P/ASX 200, the gold price bubble and the global recovery.

March 11th, 2010 · 29 Comments

I have a message for those people who fled to the hills over the last few years fearing that global trade was going to collapse, paper money would be worthless and that gold would be the only thing worth owning for years to come and that message is:  “the global economy is recovering, please come back and join the rest of us”.

Pink batts, a revived Federal Opposition and an election year.

February 17th, 2010 · 21 Comments

I have not focused on the Australian political landscape for a few months but the recent tragic deaths of 4 people installing home insulation as part of the Rudd Governments spend-a-thon, has reminded me of the dangers of a government obsessed with poll numbers and popularity.

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