Australian Share Market Report “The ‘Big Four’ Banks”

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Australian Share Market Report The release of a preliminary report this week into Australia’s financial system, following an investigation chaired by ex-Commonwealth Bank chief executive David Murray, finds that competition in our banking sector is acceptable. However, can we really be sure that this assessment of the key issues was balanced when members of the  […read more]

Should Mining Tax Be Given The Flick?

A recent report released by the National Australia Bank stated that exporters’ sales have hit “a near 13-year high in March”. This, NAB suggests, indicates that the miners are “pumping out product from new and expanded mines”, while enjoying a lower dollar. The NAB says this is the part of the cycle where “investments start  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Big Four and the Unfair Advantage….

Regulators are going to find it tough to justify continuing to permit an imbalance in our banking system, whereby the big banks still hold an unfair advantage over smaller banks and credit unions. Perhaps this is a reflection once again of how much influence the majors have over our financial system, which doesn’t sound like  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Are Financial Advice Changes Fair for You?

With the Federal government moving to rush through changes to the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms investors are right to take notice and ask whether they have been fairly represented, but this is not the only issue you need to be concerned about. Firstly, I believe in a fair financial system, one that allows  […read more]

Upfront Investor | There is Nothing to Fear Except Fear Itself….

Commentators have been saying that China is one bubble waiting to pop, however I don’t subscribe to fear campaigns and neither should you. So is there cause for concern for investors? Firstly, the Chinese economy is expected to achieve around 7.5 per cent growth, and could fall to around 7.0 per cent, which is still  […read more]

Upfront Investor | History Doesn’t Lie….

This reporting season brings to the forefront of mind market principles that few investors understand but really need to know so as to prevent their portfolios being hit when the next market correction occurs. Most have the belief that markets are erratic and unpredictable, however, history tells a completely different story if you know what  […read more]

Upfront Investor | CCL – Look at the Finer Detail

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCL) has been quite brutal in clearing the financial deck ahead of a change at the helm and this has led some to question whether the write down of the SPC business may have been overstated. Investors have a right to be shocked by the recent financial result, which was announced just after  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Throwing Qantas a Lifeline….

It appears the Government may be about ready to throw Qantas a lifeline after the companies Chief Executive, Alan Joyce announced last year that the airline was heading for a half-year loss in the order of $300 million. On this result, Mr. Joyce also signaled measures for cost cutting of around $2 billion over the  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Look to the Past to Discover the Future…

Once again we are about to hear news on US monthly employment numbers, due out this Friday night. Will the news be good or bad for the US economy? According to the FED the economy is in recovery, however currently all indications are that this month’s numbers will again disappoint and show that not enough  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Lack of Action = Lack of Wealth….

Research shows that approximately 90 per cent of people who decide to invest in themselves and attend a self-help workshop do very little or even nothing from the time the workshop finishes. Most simply put their notes on a shelf or file them away never to be read again. But this is not why they  […read more]