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Is the Australian economy really booming?

April 5th, 2010 · 57 Comments

According to many major news outlets and financial commentators in Australia, the recent trade data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is proof  that the Australian economy is “booming”.  The Reserve Bank also seems to think the nation is in the midst of a boom and the amazing Ken Henry (of where is my tax report fame) reckons Australia will enjoy a “golden age” for decades.

A stock market correction, some panic and nervous investors.

February 5th, 2010 · 32 Comments

Over the last week the Australian stock market has taken a turn downwards pretty much inline with markets across Asia, Europe and the U.S.  Once again no mater how much the RBA talks up our economy, the fact is that Australia’s economic health depends on how our major trading partners are doing and investors are starting to get worried about the global economic outlook.

Exports down, imports up and an economy sliding backwards.

December 9th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Some time ago I wrote that we would better served by having a Hobbit look after the Australian economy than the RBA, Treasury & Government and recent events have made this idea look particularly attractive. For at present we have the RBA raising rates, the Government spending and the Treasury appears to be unsure what is happening.

GDP growth does not equal a quality Australian economy.

November 3rd, 2009 · 12 Comments

It would be easy to get the impression by listening to the Government, the Reserve Bank, the Treasury, financial journalists and many economists that it is undeniably good if Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expands, but is that entirely correct? Is there such as thing as bad GDP growth?

Australian stocks rally to the bottom again.

October 21st, 2009 · 4 Comments

The Australian stock market has finally rallied back up to where I believed the bear market bottom was last year but although this is a positive sign, the Australian economy faces a number of challenges in the years ahead and these might well make it difficult for the market to surge ahead in 2010 and beyond.

Ken Henry and his tax review: should we be worried?

October 6th, 2009 · 165 Comments

Back in May 2008, when times were good and the inflation genie was free, the Government announced that a review of Australia’s tax system would be undertaken. But that was before the global financial crisis struck and a lot has changed since then, so should we be worried about what recommendations the review panel will make?

LNG billions: is Australia getting a good deal from the Gorgon Project?

September 14th, 2009 · 26 Comments

Recently there has been a lot of joyous reporting about the massive Gorgon Project and the expected boost that the Australian economy will get from  multi-billion dollar LNG export contracts. However is Australia really getting a good deal for it’s LNG and as a nation, are are we tapping into all the benefits we should be getting from this massive project?

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.

The S&P/ASX 200, the U.S. economy and Australian tourism.

July 8th, 2009 · 15 Comments

The ASX S&P 200 appears to be moving sideways, the U.S. economy is a mess and overseas tourists are not flocking “Down Under” like they once did. What does all this mean and will Australia win the Ashes series?

The Japanese economy: fragile but improving.

July 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments

It has been hard to write much about the Japanese economy of late simply because the economic data appeared to change every day. But over the last few weeks things do seem to have stabilised and both the government and the private sector in Japan generally agree that the economy probably hit the bottom earlier this year.

Future technology development and investing – Part One.

July 3rd, 2009 · 12 Comments

Technological advancements and the fortunes of mankind have been intertwined since our distant ancestors worked out how to harness the power of fire or use a sharpened stick to hunt for food. The future will be no different so it makes sense as investors to try and have some understanding of how some technologies may develop over the next decade or so.

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