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43 ways to spend the National Broadband Network’s $43 billion

November 2nd, 2010 · 18 Comments

I have been a vocal critic of the National Broadband Network for a long time and was talking about what a mess it would be way before the mainstream media woke up.  So to further illustrate my point I have put together a list of  areas or ways where I believe the taxpayers $43 billion could be better spent and deliver better outcomes for the Australian people.

The unbalanced economy and household savings

October 23rd, 2010 · 43 Comments

Over the last few weeks most of the financial media have once again managed to draw the wrong conclusions on a range of issues from Australian dollar to the strength of the Australian economy.  Talk of the so called two speed economy seems to be back in vogue whereas I believe we should be focused on and worried by, the unbalanced nature of the Australian economy.

Charts analysis: ASX 200, All Ords, BHP, GMI, ETF GOLD and Oil & Gas

October 11th, 2010 · 5 Comments

The Australian stock market has been trading in a fairly narrow range since hitting a yearly low in late May, however over the last few weeks it has pressed above 4600 and we could see it move further towards 5000 in the weeks ahead.  In addition some interesting trends are emerging in terms of gold, oil and gas prices and and they might be giving us a good indication of where the market is heading next.

The great Australian election hangover.

September 16th, 2010 · 36 Comments

Well after a few weeks of uncertainty following the federal election in Australia, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has managed to pull together a ragged alliance and hold onto power. Some people say that a minority government will be a refreshing change and can work well, but I believe that the coalition that Julia Gillard has put together will result in few tough decisions being made and could end up damaging the Australian economy.

A federal election, selfish voters and the media circus.

August 17th, 2010 · 32 Comments

Thankfully one of the least productive uses of resources on a national scale, a federal election, will soon be over. As usual the government of the day amazingly comes up with a whole range of great ideas that it failed to come up with during the previous 3 years and the crowd trying to gain power, attempt to convince us that they could do better.

Oil, gold, the Dow Jones and the ASX All Ordinaries.

July 29th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Despite a fairly nasty stock market correction over the last few weeks the Australian market did not fall anywhere near the lows of March 2009 and as I have been saying for nearly a year, we won’t see those levels again for some time,  if ever.  So now that the market correction appears to be over, what are stocks, oil and gold prices likely to do during the next few months.

A tall poppy is cut down: Gillard could bloom awhile.

July 20th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Strange things happen to Australian prime ministers. One (Harold Holt, 1966-67) disappeared while swimming near a Melbourne beach; speculation says he may have been eaten by a shark.

Farewell Rudd, Gillard takes power and the palace coup.

June 27th, 2010 · 25 Comments

Amazingly Kevin Rudd is no longer the Prime Minister of Australia and lost his position without a single vote being cast. Does this mean the days of the Government borrowing and wasting money are over or is Julia Gillard going to be an even bigger spender than Rudd? What a week, and worst of all Wayne Swan is representing Australia at the G-20 meeting in Toronto in Canada!

The ASX All Ordinaries, Dow Jones and the Baltic Dry Index.

June 23rd, 2010 · 14 Comments

Stock markets around the world have had a very volatile run over the last few weeks with everything from debt levels in Europe to housing statistics in the U.S.  giving scaring investors. But during times of market volatility it is important to try and spot the longer term market trends and not get carried away by sensational headlines or daily market swings.

The Shareswatch Random Portfolio: June 2010

June 14th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Back in October 2009 the Shareswatch Random Portfolio had racked up over 25% in unrealised capital gains in just 12 months. But May 2010 was not a good one for the stock market so how is this random selection of stocks holding up after the correction?

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.

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?

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