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Vodafone and Hutchison: a merger of two failures.

February 15th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 46 Comments

Although many business analysts and market commentators will tell you that the merger between Vodafone and Hutchison in Australia will create a strong third force in the mobile telecommunications market, quite the opposite is probably true. The company that will evolve from this merger will struggle to hold onto existing customers and rather than closing the gap with Optus and Telstra, the gap may actually become even wider.

Could we see a stock market rally in 2009?

February 12th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

Our daily dose of business news appears universally bad, the global economy seems to be in a free fall and yet many investors are looking for signs of life and a stock market rally. Is it possible the next bull market could start in 2009, and could we see the Australian stock market stage a significant recovery this year?

Bridges to somewhere: Infrastructure spending in Japan.

February 10th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 6 Comments

It seems that the old bubble economy stories about Japan are doing the rounds again in business journals and finance websites these days as lazy journalists try to make comparisons between infrastructure spending in Japan during the 1990’s, and the economic stimulus packages being proposed in the U.S and other countries.

Rudd’s $42 billion dollars: the mother of all blunders.

February 6th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 23 Comments

Let’s get one thing clear from the start, attempting to rush a massive spending package through parliament with the minimum amount of scrutiny is not good economic management. It simply means that the people charged with managing our national economy have been caught unprepared and for that single fact alone, they should be held accountable.

The Random Portfolio: January 2009

February 5th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 4 Comments

January 2009 update on the Shareswatch Random Portfolio.  So far this portfolio is not doing well and is under-performing the ASX 200, however it is early days yet and some stocks may get a boost from government spending aimed at boosting the economy.

Rudd’s new direction: Bad news for investors.

February 1st, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 5 Comments

Kevin Rudd was elected largely because he conveyed an image to the Australian public of a man who would keep Australia on a steady course. His 2007 election campaign was all about convincing the public that he would follow most of the policies put in place during the Howard years but govern in a “nicer” way that would keep the trendy “cafe latte” types happy. However as the current economic crisis drags on, I sense that Kevin 09 might not be anything like the “lovable” Kevin 07.

Investing in gold: a basic guide for investors.

January 30th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 12 Comments

Few precious metals stir the emotions of investors quite as much as gold. But just as it stirs emotions, it also causes many people to forget about the basics of investing and plunge into gold seeking their fortune, only to suffer losses and heartache. Currently there is a lot of focus on gold as it is seen as a good asset to hold in times of trouble, so now seems like a good time to have a look at what drives gold prices and other gold market fundamentals.

Outlook for the Japanese economy in 2009.

January 28th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · No Comments

There is no doubt that the Japanese economy is suffering as a result of the global economic crisis. However much of the reporting in the western media is at best poor journalism and at worst, simply wrong.  So rather than focus on sensational attention grabbing headlines, let’s look at some forecasts and facts.

Australia 2020 Summit: Fiddling while Rome burns.

January 24th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 6 Comments

Does anyone remember Rudd’s great talk fest in April 2008 grandly called the Australia 2020 Summit? Did anyone get excited about the contents of the final report, complete with lovely graphics and pictures? Was there some careful analysis and discussion of the ideas raised during the Summit in the mainstream media?

The inflation genie and the deflation goblin.

January 21st, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 4 Comments

Well it seems the inflation genie is back in the bottle and that the bottle is back in the cupboard. Therefore our wise leaders in Canberra have in less than 12 months gone from fighting inflation, to trying to stimulate growth and save the Australian economy from recession. Of course none of the economic problems Australia faces today have anything to do with government blunders, it is all China’s fault.

Stockwatch: Listed Investment Companies

January 19th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 4 Comments

As many investors would already know, Listed Investment Companies (LIC’s) can be a relatively straight forward way to diversify a shares or investment portfolio. There are many different types of LIC’s trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and these can give an investors exposure to a diversified range of assets.

A new year, more government blunders and a sleeping RBA.

January 15th, 2009 · Greg Atkinson · 3 Comments

Well another year has begun and I am starting to wish it was 2008 again. If 2008 was the year in which stock market investors were humbled, then 2009 is starting to look like the year in which we will be humiliated. We are now half way through January and many people will tell you that if the market ends down in January it will also be down at the end of the year. So far things are not looking good.

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