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The Australian Stock Market is Struggling

October 31st, 2016 · 30 Comments

Although many commentators in the finance media have found reasons to write excitedly about the Australian stock market during the last two months I have been unable to do so. Yes some ASX listed shares have risen sharply in price and profits have been there for some investors, but overall it’s been a very dull and boring few months apart from a correction that I wrote about at the end of August.

Dealing with ASX Market Fatigue

May 6th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Without doubt it’s been a tough few years for Australian share market investors. At times there have been signs of hope and in early 2015 the S&P/ASX 200 and ASX All Ordinaries briefly edged near 6000. There was also a glimmer of hope that the market would bounce back strongly after the GFC when the market rallied towards 5000 after nearly crashing to 3000 in 2008. Those were not pleasant days to be holding long positions but at least something was happening. At the beginning of 201o the ASX All Ordinaries Index was around 4800 – today it’s at around 5200 – which means that in just over 6 years the market has risen a paltry 400 points.

Key ASX 200 Sector Indices and the Baltic Dry Index

December 22nd, 2015 · 6 Comments

This year it looks like that at best, the Australian stock market will end at around the same level where it finished in 2014. This is certainly a surprise for those who were getting excited back when the ASX 200 was repeatedly testing 6000 during March – May. The major drags on the market have been China and commodities, both of which I have flagged as major risks for a few years.

The ASX 200 – A Longer Term Perspective

November 19th, 2015 · 23 Comments

As I have written before, it’s important during a stock market correction not to get influenced by sensational articles in the news media about market crashes and comparisons to past market slumps going all the way back to the 1920’s which are after all, basically irrelevant. The only thing that really concerns investors now is what will happen to the Australia stock market going forward, and the most likely outcome is that over the longer term it will trend upwards.

ASX Blue Chip Stocks – A Time to Buy?

October 1st, 2015 · 4 Comments

There comes a point during any major stock market correction when many investors (myself included) think about buying into leading companies whose shares have fallen during the stock market sell-off. The theory is that blue-chip stocks offer good value around the bottom of a market correction and that they will provide a healthy return to investors who are patient enough to wait for the stock market to recover.

Another ASX Market Correction and Remaining Calm

September 3rd, 2015 · 13 Comments

Generally when the stock market enters a phase of volatile trading days I tend to sit back and try to remain calm. Market corrections are normal and come along more frequently than we often seem the recall, but when the volatility passes a new market phase will begin. However this new market phase may not be what we are expecting or hoping for, so as investors we need to be ready to adjust to this new reality.

The future’s not bright for the Australian Economy

July 27th, 2015 · 11 Comments

Some years ago when I wrote that it was only a matter of time before economic growth in China slowed and commodities prices fell, the mainstream media in Australia at that time were obsessed with the commodities super cycle and the Chinese “miracle” economy. However now there is widespread acceptance that the commodities boom is over and that the Chinese economy isn’t bulletproof after all. However it now seems difficult for many to accept that as a consequence of those two realities that the Australian Economy is poised for some years limited growth…at best.

FY 2014-2015 ASX Charts Review

June 30th, 2015 · 13 Comments

Well another financial year has come to an end and for the Australian stock market it has been a fairly poor FY2014-2015, but if you include dividends an average balanced stocks portfolio could have probably returned 3-4% in dividends which in the era of low interest rates is not too bad. However the reality is that the Australian stock market is under-performing markets in Japan, the US and many in Europe – not to mention Chinese stocks which surged skywards during the past year but now look like they are currently falling back to earth.

ASX Charts Review: Big Four Banks, WES & WOW & IJP

June 2nd, 2015 · 9 Comments

On the surface it may seem that not all that much is happening in regards to ASX 200 stock prices apart from the significant bounces up and down each other day. Generally speaking the S&P/ASX 200 Index (XJO) has been trading within a fairly narrow range for around the last month, but under the surface there are some interesting stocks that are worth keeping an eye on.

The ASX 200 – On a Road to Nowhere

May 8th, 2015 · 20 Comments

This week we have seen the S&P/ASX 200 bounce around quite a bit, but generally speaking the trend of late has been back down towards 5600. This movement has probably surprised some investors especially those who were quite bullish just some weeks ago when the ASX 200 appeared poised to rally past the 6000 level.

Shorting the Australian Stock Market, Oil & Soft Commodities

March 17th, 2015 · 16 Comments

So far this year the ASX 200 has been staging a fairly impressive rally having moved from around 5300 points at the start of trading in January to over 5900 in early February. It has since pulled-back a touch but is still up around 10% for the year so there are plenty of reasons to be bullish about the outlook for the market for the rest of the year. However I remain cautious about the outlook for Australian shares and the global economy and maintain my view that a significant correction is not far away.

Australian Stock Market Outlook & Forecast for 2015

January 16th, 2015 · 23 Comments

This year it is going to be tougher than normal to put together a forecast for the Australian stock market simply because we are in the midst of quite a nasty commodities rout. However I been warning for while that a major correction in commodities prices would hit the market so I am going to look through the current turmoil and try to see where the ASX All Ordinaries and S&P/ASX 200 may finish up at the end of the year.

2014 ASX Stock Market Charts Review

January 7th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Overall the Australian stock market ended 2014 basically where it started which taking into account the slide in commodities prices, was actually a good outcome. However if we scratch under the surface a little and look beyond the S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index (All Ords) we can see why the market held ground in 2014 and perhaps gain an insight to what may happen in 2015.

S&P/ASX 200 Index – Charts & Trading Ranges

November 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A couple weeks ago I looked at a few charts of the S&P/ASX 200 Index and outlined my view that if the financial stocks lost momentum, then this would in turn drag down the ASX 200. Well here we are a few weeks later and the financials are no longer able to offset the drag the mining stocks continue to have on the market with the ASX 200 now struggling to hold above 5300. I suspect this will be the case for the next week or so and perhaps for the rest of the year as well.

Stock Market Volatility and Weak Global Economic Growth

November 7th, 2014 · 11 Comments

Over the last few weeks I have been simply watching the markets and have not even attempted to analyse the various swings and moves of the ASX All Ordinaries Index and S&P/ASX 200 Index.  Just when I thought I might have been able to make sense out of what was happening, along would come news of the IMF cutting their global growth forecast, more mixed economic news out of China or recently and almost out of nowhere, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) sprung into back action and ramped up its version of Quantitative Easing (QE).

A Drifting Economy and a Stock Market Correction

September 23rd, 2014 · 6 Comments

Currently the Australian stock market is in the midst of a correction along with markets in Europe, Asia and the U.S.  How much longer this correction will last nobody can say for sure but for the Australian economy and stock market the signs are not good. Meanwhile it’s becoming clearer that the Chinese economy is struggling to maintain growth of around 7.5% and it may be that the era of stellar GDP growth in China is coming to an end.

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