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The importance of being earnest, greed and investing.

September 2nd, 2009 · 14 Comments

Whenever there is trouble in the financial markets or stocks tumble, those who occupy the high moral ground for a living start to lecture the rest of us about greed and the dangers that the pursuit of wealth can lead to. The irony is that many of the people who bombard us with such lectures are in fact themselves quite wealthy, yet they curiously appear to believe that they have not been greedy while they amassed their fortunes.

A global economic recovery does not mean business as usual.

August 24th, 2009 · 16 Comments

After the strong stock market rally today I think we can safely say the bear market of 2008-2009 is now well and truly over. The ASX All Ordinaries & ASX 200 are still clearly trending upwards and commentators who were predicting a Global Depression just a few months ago have started adjusting their forecasts.

Will Glenn Stevens and the RBA ever admit they make mistakes?

August 18th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Recently Glenn Stevens of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) appears to be taking credit for everything from the robust nature of the Australian economy to the mining boom. What he seems to have forgotten or is not willing to admit, is that the RBA has made a number of  forecasts over the last couple of years that have been very wrong and probably raised interest rates too high in 2008.

When in a recession be careful what you believe.

August 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Recessions are not only bad for an economy but they are also appear to create an environment where some of the worst financial reporting and commentary thrives. Suddenly journalists actually start to believe they know how the recession will unfold and many self titled market experts toss up the most bizarre predictions that cover everything from the end of the global financial system, to cunning plans being secretly developed by bankers to control the world.

OECD Consumer Prices: is deflation or inflation on the way?

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

A lot of attention has been focused on consumer prices recently as economists try to determine if deflation or inflation is going to be the next challenge for the OECD economies to deal with. On the surface it would seem that due to falling asset prices, unemployment and the decline in personal wealth that this would push many of these economies into a significant period of deflation. But is that really likely to happen?

Stock market investment traps, tricks and myths.

July 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The one sure thing about a bear market is that it provides fertile ground for the rise of investment myths and for people talking up certain assets classes by feeding on the fear of investors. But before you leap into some new investment it is probably a good idea to be aware of some of the common shares related investment traps, tricks and myths that exist.

Rudd Watch: Has Kev07 delivered as promised?

July 21st, 2009 · 21 Comments

The Rudd Government still holds a commanding lead over the Opposition according to opinion polls and Kevin Rudd himself enjoys a high popularity rating. But what has Rudd and his team actually delivered to the Australian public in terms of completed projects or successful outcomes?

Are climate change and global warming dangerous distractions?

July 15th, 2009 · 97 Comments

If you are to believe politicians and movie stars, then planet earth is warming up and it is all our fault. However the real “inconvenient truth” is that all within the scientific community do not all agree that global warming is caused by human activity alone and many climate scientists suggest the planet is not heating up at all.  So is there a danger we are focusing on the wrong threat?

Is there a Federal Opposition in Australia?

June 29th, 2009 · 17 Comments

We all know the theory of how our Westminster flavoured form of democracy is suppose to work. We the people vote, the votes are counted and we end up with one of the two main political groups running the country. To make sure the group that wins the election and forms government does not get out of control, the losing side is suppose to keep an eye on things and be ready to take over if the people  decide to make a change at the next election. But clearly things are not working that way in Australia at the moment.

Wasteful spending, poor planning and extreme socialism.

June 14th, 2009 · 46 Comments

For some time I have been saying that the Government’s economic stimulus spending spree will be wasteful, poorly directed and do little to make Australia a more competitive economy.  If this is not bad enough the chances are the reckless spending by the Rudd Government may also stir inflation again and cause more problems for the Australian economy than the global financial crisis ever did.

The Catch-22 recession: send in the clowns!

June 4th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Well Australia has avoided a “technical recession” for now so I guess this means that if you have lost your job or your business is struggling then technically you are actually doing fine. But if we are not in a recession, why are company profits taking a beating, unemployment rising and the stock market still so low?

A large population is not always the road to economic success

May 29th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Many economists appear to believe that if  a nation’s population is growing then this is  good for the  economy as well, especially in developed countries. But in a world where resources will need to be shared amongst a growing number of affluent consumers I believe the opposite is often true.

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