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Immigration and unemployment – a new theory. What wages growth? RBA late to the party on interest only loans.

Where do the financial facts lie in the coalition's war of words over immigration? In The Money Cafe, James Kirby and Alan Kohler discuss this week's round of political ructions, as well as the prospect of wages growth in the future, the RBA dragging its feet on interest only loans, the fight over SMSFs investing in property and BHP's PR battle.

Mirvac says goodbye to department stores

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz is the CEO of Mirvac, the urban property company that’s got shopping centres, apartments and office blocks. They’ve got rid of all department stores out of their shopping centres; they think that department stores are finished which is quite interesting. Alan Kohler spoke to Susan to find out more.

Broker Research

  • ASX, HT&E, Medbank, Origin, and Philip Lowe’s Parliamentary Testimony
    Companies featured in this week's Broker Research: ASX, EVN, HT1, IFL, MPL, ORG, SEK, TLS, WHC. Become a TCI Community Member Now Stay up to date and make better informed decisions. Get access to all this exclusive content and so much more every week! $1 for the first month $25/month membership Cancel anytime, no lock in contract Access to Private Facebook group Smartphone App (coming soon) Become a member for …

Fund Research

  • Are Australian banks a good investment in 2018?
    In this week's Funds Research, we ask our experts whether banks are a good investment in 2018. There's also the usual commentary overviews, this week on topics ranging from sustainable investing to Greece's economic recovery. Become a TCI Community Member Now Stay up to date and make better informed decisions. Get access to all this exclusive content and so much more every week! $1 for the first month $25/month membership …

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Question of the week

Q: Just listening to your conversation with James Gerrish , and wondering if you could explain what it means to sell volatility?

A: Selling volatility is when someone someone takes a short position in a volatility index like the VIX index.  The US’s VIX index is a measure of the movement of options on the S&P 500 index.  Over the past ten years the index has been gradually falling.  So if you short sell the index, you’ll make money.  It’s been a fantastic one way bet because volatility has been in decline for some time, until last week when the VIX spiked up to 20 or 30.