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Investment & Economic Review April 2019

10 Apr 2019

The first quarter of 2019 was distinctly different, and much improved, from the final quarter of last year.  Stock markets which had slumped badly recovered just as quickly, erasing the losses of late-2018 within a few months.

Sceptical About Global Opportunities?

12 Mar 2019
Sceptical About Global Opportunities?

Your phone was neither designed nor made in Australia. Same goes for your car. And your TV. And your shoes. And the shirt or blouse on your back. Over 90% of what you use every single day was most likely made overseas. Does that tell you something?

The Self-Deception of Mental Accounting

17 Jan 2019

The Smith household comprises two adults, John and Mary. As a couple they run their credit cards so that at the end of each month some $2,000 is left as a debit balance on which they pay 20 per cent p.a. interest. As a separate exercise, the couple prides itself on having a savings jar in which they have $1,000 as a steady balance.

Investment & Economic Review January 2019

9 Jan 2019

2018 was a perplexing year for investment markets, having started apprehensively due to economic growth and rising interest rates concerns, which was then followed by a benign mid-year period of greater optimism and growth, that ended abruptly in the final quarter. By year-end markets of all types - stocks, bonds and currencies - were experiencing heightened investor agitation and volatility.

The Dangers of the Anchoring Effect

17 Dec 2018

‘Anchoring’ can be most detrimental to the best interests of investors; it is, in fact, something we all have a tendency to do, and which we should almost always try to avoid. It is the tendency to evaluate buying and selling decisions around a specific number which emotionally latches itself into our minds based on dangerous misconceptions.