Weekly market & economic update – week ending 11 April

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw US, European and Japanese shares fall led by a further decline in technology stocks and this along with dovish signals from the Fed and ongoing risks regarding Ukraine saw bonds rally. Australian shares briefly made it to a new post GFC high […]

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 4 April, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week has seen gains in share markets and a further increase in bond yields on the back of mostly good economic data, dovish comments from central bankers and some lessening of risks regarding Ukraine. As a result the grind higher in share markets is […]

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 28 March

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 Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week has seen somewhat messy and mixed trading in share markets – down slightly in the US but up mostly elsewhere – as economic data was mostly okay and hopes build for some sort of stimulus in China but Ukraine worries continue to impact. […]

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Common myths and mistakes of investing

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Key points Investors frequently employ common sense rules of thumb that often turn out to be wrong. Because investment markets are forward looking it often makes sense to turn common sense logic on its head. Introduction The increasingly complex nature of investment markets leads many to adopt simple rules of thumb often based on common […]

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 21 March, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week has seen worries about Ukraine fade but concerns the Fed will raise rates earlier than expected take centre stage. This saw bond yields push higher, but equity markets were mixed with US shares and European shares up helped in part by better economic […]

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Weekly market & economic update: week ending 7 March, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week While tensions regarding Ukraine saw shares dip and safe haven assets like bonds and gold rally early in the week, this reversed as Ukraine tensions receded somewhat and markets returned to focussing on mostly favourable economic data. This saw most markets gain with US shares making […]

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A comment on Ukraine

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Worries about Ukraine have adversely affected share markets yesterday (US S&P futures -0.8%, ASX 200 -0.5%,). The Ukrainian economy is too small and its problems too specific to have a direct impact on the global economy or an impact via contagion. The main risk has always been that it triggers wider Russian/West conflict – resulting […]

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 28 February, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week It’s been another somewhat mixed week for global and Australian shares as indexes flirt with post GFC highs and the situation regarding Ukraine remains uncertain, economic data continues to be rather confusing and Fed Chair Janet Yellen left the door open for a pause in slowing […]

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The US reinvents itself, yet again!

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Key points The US economy is yet again reinventing itself. This has been helped along by a determination to get the US economy moving again after the global financial crisis but the real drivers are an energy boom, a manufacturing renaissance and American innovation. Together these drivers could add as much as 0.5% to annual […]

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Weekly market & economic update – week ending 21 February, 2014

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week Global shares had a mixed week as investors digested the 5% or so rebound since early February amidst weather affected US data, signs the Fed will soon change its forward interest rate guidance with respect to unemployment, another fall in a Chinese manufacturing conditions PMI and […]

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