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The Olympics: are they a waste of resources?

August 12th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · 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.

What we need for a sustained stock market rally.

August 7th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

Rather than focus how bad things are at the moment let’s focus on what could turn things around. To do that as far as our stock portfolios are concerned, I suggest we look at what factors could trigger a long term stock market rally.

The Reserve Bank, rates cuts and a possible nasty turn.

August 2nd, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · 1 Comment

As I have mentioned on a few occasions I believe the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) went too far with their interest rate increases especially when a possible global downturn was on the radar. We now find ourselves in a situation where the RBA is focused on inflation (much of it beyond their control) whereas the real threat is that the Australian economy will stall.

Does Japan have a population problem?

July 28th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · 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.

For the record: July 2008

July 24th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

One thing that really annoys me about many financial journalists and market commentators is they often imply that that they have some unique insight into the market, yet they rarely disclose how they took advantage of their wisdom.

Global warming: do your own research!

July 22nd, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · 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.

The simple guide to oil prices.

July 14th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

Recently we have all been hearing about the price of oil and the various reasons why oil should either be trading higher of lower. So in an effort to simplify the whole debate here is my quick summary of some of the key points often raised when oil prices are discussed.

Forecast for 2008: review and update.

July 4th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

Back in March this year, I tentatively outlined my market forecast for 2008 based on a number of assumptions as contained in my blog: Are we near the bottom. Since I am the first to admit that forecasts are rarely 100% (or even 80%) correct it would seem now is a prudent time to review my assumptions and update my forecast to cover the last 6 months of this year and a little into CY2009 as well.

Welcome FY2008/2009?

July 2nd, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

Goodbye FY2007/2008 and thanks for nothing. Let’s hope FY2008/2009 will be better and we can all plug some nasty little leaks in our portfolio’s. Being an optimist I believe at some point in the next 12 months we will see equities post some modest gains, although after a horrid June I must admit my cheerful disposition was tested. Thankfully I was able to find my Spinal Tap DVD and this put all my problems in perspective, I was after all only dealing with investment portfolio problems, not a poorly sized Stonehenge stage prop or disputes about an album cover.

End of financial year thoughts.

June 25th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

Well what a terrible first half of 2008 and a shocking close to the financial year. After watching the market over the last week or so, I decided the best course of action was to finish work just after lunch and catch up with some reading and movie watching. One thing I was not doing was selling as I have no idea why people wait until this time of year to sell and take tax losses. In fact I picked up a few small parcels of shares as I hope we will see some upward market movement in July.

Are higher oil prices a bad thing?

June 17th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

Let me dare to suggest to readers of this blog that perhaps higher oil prices are in the longer term, good for the world and good for business. I know this may offend motorists and companies struggling to deal with the additional costs associated with higher prices, but before anyone sends me any nasty comments let’s look at the reasons for my apparently insane comment.

Those annoying market bears.

June 5th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · 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 · Greg Atkinson · 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.

The good,the bad and the ugly sources of stock market advice.

May 16th, 2008 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

There appears to be an ever increasing number of stock market related websites and no shortage of stock tips and market advice available to us all. But who should we listen to, and where are some good sources of stock market insights?

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