Seven reasons for optimism on the Australian economy

Published: August 30, 2016

Ever since the mining boom ended several years ago it seems a sense of gloom has pervaded debate regarding Australia. There is constant talk of recession whether we don’t do something (like control the budget) or even if we do nothing (with reports titled “Australian Recession 2016 – Why it’s unavoidable and the quickest way […]

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The constrained medium term return outlook

Published: August 17, 2016

While the high inflation of the 1970s and early 1980s was bad for investment returns at the time, it left a legacy of very high investment yields which helped set the scene for high investment returns through the 1980s and 1990s. Back in the early 1980s the RBA's "cash rate" was averaging around 14%, 3 […]

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Infrastructure investing in a world of low interest rates

Published: August 5, 2016

Introduction Infrastructure is seeing solid interest from investors. Not only does it offer relatively attractive yields and return potential, it’s also a good diversifier. With ultra low bond yields and equities limited by constrained growth prospects, infrastructure can provide a source of relatively stable returns underpinned by reasonable yields and inflation linked revenues. This note […]

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Megatrends impacting investment markets

Published: July 27, 2016

Introduction Recent developments – including the rise of populism, developments in the South China Sea and around commodity prices along with relentless technological innovation – have relevance for longer term trends likely to affect investors. So this note updates our analysis on longer term themes that will likely impact investment markets over the medium term, […]

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Australia’s messy 2016 election

Published: July 5, 2016

Introduction This note takes a look at the implications of Australia’s Federal election. The Australian Federal election has delivered a messy result suggesting an even more difficult Senate for the Coalition if it is able to form government and the risk of return to minority government. The risk is that we will see a further slippage […]

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Brexit wins – implications for the world, Australia, and investors

Published: June 27, 2016

Introduction In a shock for financial markets which had been increasingly confident that Britain would vote to Remain in the European Union, a victory for the Leave outcome by 52% to 48% triggered an abrupt bout of “risk off” in financial markets late last week. I suspect it was probably also a shock to many […]

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Brexit or Bremain – or does it really matter?

Published: June 21, 2016

Introduction Y2K, Bird Flu, Peak Oil, Swine Flu, the end of the Mayan Calendar, Grexit, the fiscal cliff, US debt default, ghost cities, Ebola, Grexit again, imminent property crashes, etc…the world seems full of key events and phenomena upon which its whole existence – well at least the financial realm – supposedly hinges. Brexit seems […]

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Where are we in the roller coaster of investor emotion?

Published: June 8, 2016

Introduction Recently I was asked where we are in the cycle of investor emotion between the extremes of “euphoria” and “depression”. This is a good question, as knowing where the investment crowd is at and being wary of it is essential to successful investing. The late 1980s Japanese bubble, the Asian miracle of the mid-1990s, […]

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