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8April 2022

A Finsec View – The Budget Issue

April 8th, 2022|The FinSec View|

8th April 2022 A quarter of 2022 has passed us by in the blink of an eye, bringing a Federal Budget with it. An event usually left for mid-year it was brought forward by a government looking to lay out its vision before a pivotal May vote. The headline grabber was cost-of-living relief in a budget centred around more spending but lower deficits thanks to a windfall from faster growth and a resources boom. It’s hard to think of any Australian who doesn’t get something [...]

1April 2022

Weekly Market Update – 1st April 2022

April 1st, 2022|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week It was a mixed week for markets in terms of the economic data and news flow. US equities started the week strong, but are still down by 0.3% over the week (and ~6% below January highs), European shares had a good rebound up by 0.9% (but are still 11% below January levels), Japanese shares were 1.8% lower, Chinese shares continued to recover up by 2.1% and Australian shares continue to outperform (mainly because of the commodities [...]

25March 2022

A Discombobulation Decade For Investors

March 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|

One of 'those people' - when Phil Ruthven AO puts pen to paper, it is always worth a read. In this article, Ruthven  (founder of the Ruthven Institute and IBISWorld) puts his spin on these volatile and turbulent times. Exploring some of the key changes; rapid population growth, technological change, economic output and socio-political ideologies and protocols, Ruthven creates a picture of our emerging world in a bid to predict what trends will take place next. Discombobulation has a meaning that sounds like the word’s pronunciation: volatility [...]

25March 2022

Weekly Market Update -25th March 2022

March 25th, 2022|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets were mixed over the past week with uncertainty over the war in Ukraine, a rebound in oil prices, increased Fed hawkishness and a continuing surge in bond yields being offset by mostly solid economic data, still rising earnings expectations and hopes by some that shares will be a hedge against high inflation. US and Japanese shares rose but Eurozone and Chinese shares fell. Australian shares saw another strong gain with utilities, resources and IT stocks [...]

25March 2022

A Finsec View – Investing in an inflationary world, A discombobulation, Reversionary pensions, the EV debate and more

March 25th, 2022|The FinSec View|

25th March 2022 The undeniable theme for equity markets at present is 'energy and then all the rest'! Energy is one of two S&P 500 sectors showing a gain for 2022, up 37%—the benchmark as a whole is down around 5%—and home to more than half of the index's 25 best performers. As for 'the rest', equities remain weak in both Australia and offshore, with unprofitable tech and growth stocks hit particularly hard amidst concerns of how they will fare in a rising-rate environment. The [...]

18March 2022

Weekly Market Update – 18th March 2022

March 18th, 2022|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week The past week saw share markets rebound helped by optimism about a peace deal in Ukraine, a fall back in oil prices, relief that the Fed’s first rate hike was broadly as expected with the Fed seeing the US economy as strong and indications that China will provide more policy stimulus partly to combat covid related lockdowns. This saw strong gains in US, European and Japanese shares. The strong global lead saw Australian shares rise led by [...]

11March 2022

Weekly Market Update – 11th March 2022

March 11th, 2022|Market Update|

Investment markets and key developments over the past week Share markets were hit over the last week as Ukraine tensions escalated and then Russia invaded Ukraine. Although Russia has indicated it does not plan to occupy Ukraine it has indicated that its attack is aimed at its “demilitarization and denazification.” While US shares saw a small bounce on Wednesday on hopes that a worsening of the energy crisis would be averted, this still left US and global shares below the lows they saw in January. Australian [...]

11March 2022

A Finsec View – Democracy, Xi’s big decision, Grumpy old men (and women) and more

March 11th, 2022|The FinSec View|

11th March 2022 The coverage of the war in Ukraine reminds us how lucky we are to live in Australia - 'Freedom and democracy'! Our political processes are far from ideal, but our democratic institutions and practices are praised for their robustness, functionality, and resilience. One of the very reasons Vladimir Putin wants to take over Ukraine is to remove the threat of an emerging democracy as a neighbour. After all, a nearby functioning democracy could undermine his power base if Russians were to want [...]

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