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Australian Private Health Vs Your Portfolio Wealth

Australian Private Health Vs Your Portfolio Wealth

Private Health The Private Health sector faces many challenges, profitability is falling for private health operators and private health insurance is appearing embattled.  In the healthcare sector, major operators of private hospitals, multi-disciplinary medical centres, pathology and radiology are outlaying huge sums of capital yet battling with under-performing divisions, increased costs and competitive pressures.  I […]

Can you survive a sharp downturn?

Can you survive a sharp downturn?

You sit down with the annual report, spreadsheet ready to see what hidden gold may await.  In the Balance Sheet there’s an important measure of liquidity known as the Current Ratio; total current assets divided by total current liabilities.  This little gem gives you an idea of whether the business could quickly cover their short-term […]

Could Australian supermarkets introduce e-pricing?

Could Australian supermarkets introduce e-pricing?

UBER’s surge pricing has changed the way we pay for short trips, but what if supermarkets were to do the same for groceries? Changes afoot in the UK to scrap fixed prices, giving supermarkets more power to hike up the cost of products from hour to hour based on demand, could be adopted here in […]

A financial crisis in China could also take down Australia

A financial crisis in China could also take down Australia

Australia managed to survive the global financial crisis with the help of a huge stimulus program from China. Chinese demand for Australian minerals prevented our economy from tanking. However, almost a decade later, doubts have arisen about the health of the Chinese economy. “The last couple of data points have been weaker, but I think the […]

Australia to set new recession-free record and RBA to hold rates

Australia to set new recession-free record and RBA to hold rates

There has been plenty of economic news floating about, and not much of it uplifting. Nonetheless, there is likely to be cause for a bit of high-fiving this week as Australia finally overtakes the Netherlands for having the longest recession-free run on record. Markets on Friday’s close: ASX SPI 200 futures +0.2pc at 5,797 AUD: […]

Australian sharemarket stumbles into Amazon threat, banks tax

Australian sharemarket stumbles into Amazon threat, banks tax

Fund managers have witnessed fears around the arrival of Amazon and the introduction of the bank tax suck the oxygen out of the Australian share market this year, but one of the most serious concerns heading into 2017-18 lies with the financial health of leveraged consumers. “No one feels that wealthy, even though house prices have […]