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Are we facing a peak demand scenario for Australian coal and iron ore?

June 10th, 2009 · 32 Comments

Almost everyday we hear about how commodities exports have helped protect Australia (so far) from the worst of the global economic crisis. However although Australian exports have held up well prices and volumes have still fallen for many mining products but almost nobody seems to be asking the question, what will happen if demand and prices for some key Australian commodities never returns to the levels reached in 2008?

A large population is not always the road to economic success

May 29th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Many economists appear to believe that if  a nation’s population is growing then this is  good for the  economy as well, especially in developed countries. But in a world where resources will need to be shared amongst a growing number of affluent consumers I believe the opposite is often true.

Bring back the toga and lose the House of Representatives!

April 21st, 2009 · 8 Comments

It appears to me that the form of democracy we have in Australia (and other parts of the world) is really starting to struggle now in the 21st century. After all, we are basically using a form of government that is now a few centuries old and has been responsible for just as many blunders and failures across the world as it has successes. So maybe it is time we started to think about giving our system of government an overhaul and I believe we can learn a lot from the Romans.

The world’s biggest companies: what does this tell investors?

April 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Sometimes as stock market investors it is useful for us to step away from the daily noise created by market analysts, company CEO’s and news headlines and try to look at the big picture.  One way to do this is to just get back to the basics and look at hard data to see if this helps us spot any trends regarding in the global economy. So it seems reasonable that a good place to start would be by looking at the top companies across the world to see who is making money and why.

The great recession swindle: the power grab by governments.

April 2nd, 2009 · 9 Comments

Apparently we are at the moment facing the greatest economic crisis the world has seen since the Great Depression, and therefore the G20 leaders who are gathered in London not only have to dodge protesters but also come up with some solutions to this mess. The only problem with what I have just written is that we are not facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and the people gathered in London are part of the problem: they may come up with some solutions, but you and I will be paying for them.

Stockwatch: Global Mining Investments (GMI)

March 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

The problem with picking which mining stock to invest in is that you really need to know something about mining or you need to be getting advice from someone that does. Unfortunately most of the analysts out there covering companies like BHP and RIO do not have any qualifications in disciplines such as mining engineering or geology, and for me that is like having a stock broker tick-off the pre-flight checklist on an aircraft I am just about to fly in. He might be a smart guy, but personally I would prefer someone who knows about aeroplanes up in the cockpit thanks.

Australia 2020 Summit: Fiddling while Rome burns.

January 24th, 2009 · 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?

Stockwatch: Listed Investment Companies

January 19th, 2009 · 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.

Is the golden era for the Australian stock market over?

January 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

One question that investors need to consider amongst all this market turmoil is; has the dream run of the Australian stock market come to end? Perhaps for example the days of the Australian market (ASX) outperforming the Dow Jones Index are over and we need to be prepared for less glamorous returns? We might even have to put aside our patriotic feelings and look offshore for better returns in the future?

The Olympics: are they a waste of resources?

August 12th, 2008 · 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.

The Fluffy Duck and Teflon Man Budget.

May 26th, 2008 · 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.

Are we near the bottom?

March 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

One thing all investors would like to know is if the Australian Stock Market has reached a bottom and when things will start to recover. Like everyone else, I cannot predict the future but I can at least outline what I think (hope) will happen and how I am positioning my own investments.

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