The Australian economy hits another rough patch – implications for investors

Published: June 14, 2017

Growth slows again 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. After contracting in the September quarter, the economy bounced back […]

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The perils of forecasting and the need for a disciplined investment process

Published: May 31, 2017

I am regularly called on to provide forecasts for economic and investment variables like growth, interest rates, currencies and the share market. These usually come in the form of point forecasts as to where the variable that is being forecast will be in, say, a year’s time or its rate of return. Such point forecasts […]

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A further 21 great investment quotes

Published: March 29, 2017

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. Over the last few years I have written two insights on investment quotes I find useful (see “21 great […]

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The Australian housing market – what are the key issues

Published: March 15, 2017

The cooling in the Sydney and Melbourne property markets evident in late 2015 in response to macro prudential tightening deployed by APRA has proved ephemeral. Price gains have reaccelerated and auction clearance rates & lending to property investors have rebounded. Over the last five years Sydney dwelling prices have risen a ridiculous 73% and Melbourne […]

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