|The Fed Hikes Again|
Added On - 12/19/2017 10:39:53 AM
The Fed has raised interest rates for the fifth time since first raising rates this cycle two years ago, taking the Fed Funds rate from a range of 1.0-1.25% to 1.25-1.5%. This reflects the ongoing strength of the US economy.
|Review Of 2017, Outlook For 2018 - Still In The 'Sweet Spot', But Expect More Volatility Ahead |
Added On - 12/12/2017 12:27:38 PM
By the standards of recent years, 2017 was relatively quiet. Sure there was the usual 'worry list' - about Trump, elections in Europe, China as always, North Korea and the perennial property crash in Australia.
|Why Cautious Optimism Is Better For Your Investment Health Than Perma Pessimism|
Added On - 12/4/2017 10:37:37 AM
Getting too hung up in permanent pessimism on the next financial crisis and when it will come and what will on the basis of history inevitably drive the market down in the two or three years out of ten may mean missing out on the years it rises.
|Is Australia's Economy "Built On Shaky Foundations" That Are "About To Collapse"?|
Added On - 11/27/2017 12:56:54 PM
I don't normally comment directly on articles by others but an article by Matt Barrie with Craig Tindale called "Australia's economy is built on shaky foundations, and it's about to collapse," has been sent to me several times for comment so I thought I would make an exception this time.
|Bubbles, Busts, Investor Psychology..& Bitcoin|
Added On - 11/22/2017 1:08:08 PM
Investment markets are driven by more than just fundamentals. Investor psychology plays a huge role and along with crowd psychology helps explain why asset prices go through periodic bubbles and busts.
|The Medium Term Investment Return Remains Constrained|
Added On - 11/9/2017 12:35:39 PM
For investors the key remains to: have realistic return expectations; allow that inflation is also low so real returns aren't down as much; focus on asset allocation; and focus on assets with decent & sustainable income.
|Five Great Charts On Investing For Income|
Added On - 10/27/2017 10:39:18 AM
This note looks at five charts I find useful in understanding investing for income or yield.
|What's The Risk Of A 1987 Style Crash?|
Added On - 10/24/2017 6:13:59 PM
There is still little sign of the sort of excesses that precede major economic downturns and major bear markets suggesting that (although US shares are overdue a decent correction) we are still a fair way from the top in the investment cycle.
|House Prices Crash? 5 Reasons Why It's More Complicated Than You Think!|
Added On - 10/13/2017 11:51:33 AM
Talk of a property crash is likely to ramp up again with signs that the Sydney and Melbourne property markets are cooling. But the Australian property market is a lot more complicated than the crash calls suggest.
|The US Fed Starts Quantitative Tightening|
Added On - 10/5/2017 12:03:50 PM
The Fed has confirmed it will start reducing its balance sheet by not reinvesting bonds up to set limits as they mature. This amounts to quantitative tightening as it will start to reverse some of the quantitative easing that occurred during and after the Global Financial Crisis.
|Where Are We In The Search For Yield?|
Added On - 9/29/2017 10:52:00 AM
It's hard to argue that the search for yield has gone too far given how low bond yields are. A range of assets still provide much better yields than cash and bonds.
|Another Five Great Charts On Investing|
Added On - 9/12/2017 11:01:09 AM
Here are another five great charts that help illuminate key aspects of investing: the importance of time in the market relative to timing; the case to look at your investments less; the relationship between risk and return; the importance of diversification; and the role of property.
|Five Reasons Why Some Further Pick Up Is Likely|
Added On - 9/8/2017 11:42:42 AM
There is good reason to expect growth to pick up further going forward: the drag from mining investment is fading, non-mining investment is looking better, public investment is strong, trade is adding to growth and profits are rising again. But growth is likely to be constrained around 2.5-3% and underlying inflation is likely to remain low.
|Key Themes From Earnings Season|
Added On - 9/4/2017 7:29:10 AM
The June half earnings reporting season in Australia is now done. The good news is that profits and dividends are up with 67% of companies reporting higher profits than a year ago and 64% increasing dividends from a year ago which is a good sign regarding the quality of earnings.
|The Global Financial Crisis 10 Years On|
Added On - 8/25/2017 10:23:05 AM
The key lessons for investors from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) are that: high returns come with higher risk; while each boom bust cycle is different, markets are pushed to extremes of valuation and sentiment; be sceptical of financial engineering or hard-to-understand products; avoid too much gearing or gearing of the wrong sort; and monetary and fiscal policy work.
|The Threat Of War With North Korea|
Added On - 8/16/2017 11:00:55 AM
Historically, shares have been adversely affected initially on the uncertainty of wars (or threatened wars) with a potential significant economic impact, but have tended to rally well before the conflict is over.
|Inequality - Is It Increasing? Investor Implications|
Added On - 8/11/2017 12:48:06 PM
Inequality is an issue we have looked at before in terms of driving a swing to the left amongst median voters in Anglo countries and contributing to a backlash against economic rationalist policies but this note takes a more detailed look at the economic and investment implications.
|Five Great Charts On Investing|
Added On - 8/1/2017 12:39:14 PM
These five great charts help illuminate key aspects of investing: the power of compound interest; the investment cycle; the roller coaster of investor emotion; the wall of worry; and time is on your side when investing.
|5 Reasons Why Returns Are Likely To Be Solid In 2017-18|
Added On - 7/19/2017 1:43:39 PM
Despite a lengthy list of worries including Brexit, Trump and messy Australian growth, the past financial year saw strong returns for diversified investors as shares recovered from a rough time in 2015-16.
|Turbulence Hits Markets: 3 Reasons Not To Be Fussed|
Added On - 7/7/2017 1:36:47 PM
Central banks beyond the US are edging towards an exit from easy money. This is likely to cause bouts of volatility in shares and a rising trend in bond yields.
|A Year On From Brexit - What Have We Learned?|
Added On - 6/22/2017 11:27:42 AM
It's now 12 months since the British voted to leave the European Union, an event that some saw as setting off a domino effect of other European countries looking to do the same.
|The Australian Economy Hits Another Rough Patch|
Added On - 6/16/2017 1:42:15 PM
Despite numerous forecasts for an 'unavoidable' recession following the end of the mining boom early this decade, the Australian economy has continued to defy the doomsters and keep growing. However, recently it seems to have hit a bit of a rough patch.
|The Perils Of Forecasting|
Added On - 6/2/2017 2:58:15 PM
It is always tempting to believe that you or someone else can perfectly forecast the market. However, as Ringo Starr said 'it don't come easy'!
|The Trump Bump & Shares|
Added On - 5/25/2017 1:23:34 PM
It's now six months since Donald Trump was elected President of the US and four months since he was inaugurated. In many ways, it has gone better than feared.
|3 Reasons Why The Risks For The A$ Are Still On The Downside|
Added On - 5/18/2017 12:42:42 PM
Given the downside risks for the $A it makes sense for Australian investors to maintain a decent exposure to foreign currency via unhedged global investments.
|Budget 2017 - Pragmatism & Fairness Rule|
Added On - 5/12/2017 12:53:26 PM
The 2017-18 Budget has much to make it popular. In fact, the goodies make it almost feel like a pre-election rather than a post-election budget. The transformation from the austerity to end 'the age of entitlement' of the 2014 budget to the 'fairness, security and opportunity' of this Budget has been profound.
|Are Shares Offering A Premium Over Bonds? |
Added On - 5/5/2017 12:39:20 PM
It is often thought that shares should return more than 5% per annum (pa) over bonds, because this is what their excess return has averaged over much of the post war period, but this likely exaggerates the required excess return for shares.
|Global Growth Looking Healthier|
Added On - 4/28/2017 1:32:48 PM
Stronger global growth is positive for Australia and supports the case for the RBA to remain on hold. But with underlying inflationary pressures remaining very low and underemployment very high a rate hike is unlikely until second-half next year.
|Macron To Face Le Pen In French Run-Off Election|
Added On - 4/24/2017 3:08:04 PM
As suggested by opinion polls the centrist pro Euro candidate Emmanuel Macron will face far right anti Euro National Front candidate Marine Le Pen in the May 7 run-off vote for President of France.
|Bank Rates, Home Prices & Implications For Investors|
Added On - 4/7/2017 3:15:24 PM
For investors: bank term deposits offer poor returns; remain wary of the $A; and shares, commercial property and infrastructure continue to offer attractive yields.
|A Further 21 Great Investment Quotes|
Added On - 3/30/2017 1:04:41 PM
The basics of successful investing are timeless and some investors (often the best) have a knack of encapsulating these into a sentence or two that brings them to life in a way that's easy to understand.
|The $US200 Trillion Global Debt Mountain|
Added On - 3/24/2017 3:32:56 PM
History tells us that the next major crisis will involve debt problems of some sort. But just because global debt is at record levels and that global bond yields have moved higher does not mean a crisis is imminent.
|Australian Housing - What Are The Key Issues?|
Added On - 3/17/2017 12:51:28 PM
The Sydney and Melbourne property markets have hotted up again and high house prices and household debt leave Australia vulnerable. But a property crash remains unlikely.
|Eurozone - Will They Or Won't They Break Up?|
Added On - 3/10/2017 1:25:37 PM
Elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany, possibly Italy and another Catalonian referendum will keep Eurozone break up risks in the headlines this year.
|The Australian Economy & Profits - 7 Reasons To Be Upbeat|
Added On - 3/3/2017 1:14:26 PM
A rebound in the economy in the December quarter confirms that Australia is continuing to avoid recession.
|The Chinese Economy Stabilises & Iron Ore Surges|
Added On - 2/17/2017 12:55:11 PM
Chinese economic growth stabilised in 2016. Expect Chinese growth this year of 6.5% and inflation of 3%. Key risks regarding China relate to policy tightening, the property cycle, rapid debt growth and a trade war with the US. All of these should be manageable.
|Where Are We In The Global Investment Cycle?|
Added On - 2/10/2017 4:04:10 PM
We are still a long way from the peak in the investment cycle. There is little sign of economic excess globally: underlying inflation is low; spare capacity remains; there is no sign of overinvestment; credit growth is modest; monetary conditions are not tight; share market valuations are okay; and investors are not euphoric.
|Is Donald Trump's Honeymoon With Investors Over?|
Added On - 2/3/2017 2:47:31 PM
The Trump honeymoon with investors is likely over with a short term period of correction/volatility likely to continue in shares, bond yields and the $US.
|The Fed Hikes & Trump Stimulus In 2017|
Added On - 12/15/2016 3:06:36 PM
After a year since the first Fed rate hike in this cycle, the Fed has finally moved the Fed Funds rate up again from a range of 0.25-0.5% to 0.5-0.75%. The move reflects confidence in the ongoing recovery in the US economy.
|Review Of 2016, Outlook For 2017|
Added On - 12/9/2016 3:38:19 PM
2016 started badly for investors with worries about global growth and deflation. But global growth turned out okay &, despite political events, rising bond yields & disappointing Australian growth, the end result has been a constrained but okay year for diversified investors.
|The 9 (Bad) Habits Of Highly Ineffective Investors|
Added On - 11/25/2016 12:52:33 PM
Many of the mistakes investors make are based on common sense rules of thumb that turn out to be wrong. As investment markets are forward looking its often wise for investors to turn common sense logic on its head.
|The End Of The Super Cycle Bull Market In Bonds?|
Added On - 11/18/2016 3:03:21 PM
There are several implications for investors from the likely end of the super cycle bull market in bonds.
|Donald Trump Elected President: Implications For Investors & Australia|
Added On - 11/10/2016 8:30:55 AM
Donald Trump's election as President of the United States risks ushering in a period of policy uncertainty which could cause further share market weakness in the short term.
|Oliver's Insights: The US Election & Investment Markets|
Added On - 11/3/2016 1:03:36 PM
While some of Trump's economic policies could provide a fiscal and supply side stimulus to the US economy, a Trump victory is likely to be initially negative for shares and favour safe havens like bonds and the US dollar as investors would fear his policies on trade in particular.
|5 Ways To Help Manage The Noise|
Added On - 10/26/2016 11:07:34 AM
The combination of a massive ramp up in financial information combined with our natural inclination to zoom in on negative news is making us worse investors: more fearful, more jittery, more short term.
|The US Presidential Election - Implications For Investors|
Added On - 9/23/2016 12:25:42 PM
Some of Trump's economic policies make sense and could be positive for the US economy and shares but this would rely on Congress checking his more radical policies (particularly on trade, immigration and foreign policy).
|Shares Hit Another Rough Patch|
Added On - 9/15/2016 1:14:30 PM
After a period of relative calm share markets have seen a return to volatility lately. This has gone hand in hand with a back-up in bond yields. This note looks at the main drivers and how long this period of weakness may last.
|7 Reasons For Optimism On The Australian Economy|
Added On - 8/31/2016 4:46:35 PM
The mostly gloomy debate around the Australian economy often gives the impression we are in a constant state of crisis. But there are reasons to be reasonably optimistic about the Australian economy and Australian assets.
|The Great Policy Rotation|
Added On - 8/26/2016 12:57:31 PM
A shift in emphasis away from monetary policy and towards a greater role for fiscal policy could be positive if it boosts inflation and nominal growth. This would mean bond yields will start to bottom out and drift higher over time.
|The Constrained Medium Term Return Outlook |
Added On - 8/19/2016 12:38:05 PM
For investors the key is to: have realistic return expectations; allow that inflation is also low so real returns aren't down as much; focus on asset allocation; and focus on assets with decent & sustainable income.