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]

Upfront Investor | Free Trade Certainly Not ‘Fair Trade’….

While our Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave a speech at the G20 espousing the virtues of free trade, many Australians are still confused about the whole trade equation and struggle to see how we don’t end up losing out as many of our trading partners still slap hefty tariffs on our goods. It shouldn’t just  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Drop the ‘Gamblers’ Approach….

While it is quite common to see uneducated investors with portfolios containing stocks that are low priced with low liquidity, what I often find is these same people would never consider buying into property assets that could be similarly classed, being located outside of major capital cities. Doesn’t this lead you to question how there  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Qantas in a Tailspin….

Qantas, the once mighty national carrier, has suffered another blow, with its credit rating being downgraded to junk status by a second ratings agency inside a month. The ratings agency Moody’s pushed Qantas’ rating below investment grade citing a sharp deterioration in the airline’s core domestic business due to aggressive competition from rival Virgin Australia.  […read more]