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  • Economic growth slows…further

    The latest US jobs data shows their economy is losing momentum, but this has done little to halt markets. The ABS has just announced that real GPD expanded just 0.1% for the March quarter, dragging annual growth to 1.1%, its weakest since the recession of 1992. The big difference back then, … Read more

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  • Metals surge…

    Geopolitical tensions remain high, with flare-ups in several countries and new uncertainty in the Middle East. China announced moves to shore up its property market by removing the floor on mortgage rates, cutting the minimum down payment requirements for individual home buyers, and encouraging local governments to acquire homes and convert them … Read more

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  • Residential property leads real estate for investment returns…

    Residential property leads real estate for investment returns… Nothing has cleared on the geopolitical front, with tensions in the Middle East, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as between China and Australia. Commodity prices are still very strong, with Copper close to US $10,000/tn, Gold US $2,323/oz, Silver US $27,455/oz, and Iron Ore US $119/tn. All … Read more

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  • The markets are hopping… Happy Easter!

    Renewed rate cut expectations triggered a global rally in equities that pushed benchmarks from the US to Japan and Europe to record highs last week. The S&P ASX/200 is within 51 points of its record. Now trading at 7,802 as I type. I suspect there will be some profit taking … Read more

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  • We are so lucky to live here…

    US consumer prices rose 3.1% in the year through January cooling less than had been expected. The S&P 500 was above 5,000 for the first time on Monday putting it into “nosebleed territory” but has since come off after that hotter than expected inflation figure, which has clouded rate cut expectations. … Read more

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  • A seller’s market…

    Further geopolitical tensions in the Middle East cause rising fears of further escalation. China’s GDP numbers out today show their economy grew at 5.2% growth which is enviable given predictions for Australia’s growth at less than 2% this year. The commodities space has been on a rollercoaster with the Uranium bulls cheering as the price hit … Read more

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  • Ho Ho Ho – it’s a Santa rally…

    Fears that attacks in the Red Sea shipping route will disrupt supply have pushed up Oil prices (+4% on Monday). Sending ships around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope adds 20% to travel times and the additional cost burden. The flow-on effects may impact future inflation. The US left their cash rate … Read more

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  • US Markets are on fire!

    The latest Goldman Sachs research suggests there is “a low recession risk for the US, as inflation cools and employment remains buoyant”. It’s good for Australia, for as where the US goes, we tend to historically follow. The S&P 500 ended its best November on record. Lower than expected inflation data for October … Read more

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