Get ready to buy, retail’s bad week & Bitcoin explained (sort of)

May 27th, 2017 Weekly Overview

European banks are about to start doing the opposite of quantitative easing, so hopefully the markets will do the opposite of what they do during QE and start selling off, providing buying opportunities for the rest of us.

Also this week, Bitcoins explained (sort of). Are they the modern equivalent of the mythical tulip market? And it’s been a bad week for retail, which only looks like getting worse.

Fairfax, Warren Bezos?, Trump’s troubles, Europe’s comeback & the banks’ levee

May 20th, 2017 Weekly Overview

Fairfax is about to change hands for the 3rd time in 30 years, but the winning bidder is yet to be decided. Could Jeff Bezos be the new Warren Buffett? Trump’s troubles could be blessings for investors. Europe’s on the comeback as political risk fades and the bank levy could be offset by renegotiated deals with mortgage brokers.

Budget economics, super housing, bank tax, Comey, Macron & volatility

May 13th, 2017 Weekly Overview

After a week of Budget brekkies Alan Kohler serves up his observations on the nation’s financial plan in his Overview. The plan to allow superannuation to be used for house deposits has captured the spotlight, but there’s been a significant change to negative gearing which has had less focus. Meanwhile, the banks should be okay with the bank tax, but we all know who’s really going to pay. And FBI chief Comey’s departure is an indicator that the US administration is scrambling for control.

US jobs, Financialised commodities, La belle France?, Growth Haven, the Budget

May 6th, 2017 Weekly Overview

Investing in Australia is not delivering great returns in the past year, or the past 10 years. Alan explains why and looks at what options we have if we don’t invest in Oz.

Treasurer Scott Morrison elaborates on the division of good and bad debt. And Alan reflects on a milestone birthday.




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