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Interest Rates Are Rising Because The Economy Is Strengthening

Interest Rates Are Rising Because The Economy Is Strengthening

I have been predicting higher interest rates, a stronger economy, and healthy returns in equities for a long time. For years I’ve gone against conventional wisdom, which typically worries that rising interest rates will choke off growth. Conventional wisdom, however, ignores an important detail: whether rising rates are the result of aggressive Fed tightening or […]

How Americas latest tariffs will effect americans

How Americas latest tariffs will effect americans

  President Donald Trump’s newest round of tariffs on $US200 billion worth of Chinese goods adds a new element to the trade war. For the first time, consumer goods are going to be directly hit by the new 10% duty, likely causing an immediate increase in prices for US shoppers. The increase in inflation from […]

America and China and their Trade Tarrifs

America and China and their Trade Tarrifs

  IT WAS only a matter of time before China hit back at the United States amid their growing trade war. The Chinese Communist Party has announced it will levy tariffs on $US60 billion ($AU83 billion) worth of American goods, following President Donald Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports. The […]

ASX loses $50b this week

ASX loses $50b this week

  Trade concerns have wiped close to $50 billion worth of market capitalisation from Australian stocks this week, with investors trading cautiously as the US threatened to impose more tariffs on China.  The S&P/ASX 200 index closed the week down 175.7 points, or 2.8 per cent, to 6143.8, its worst five-day performance since February.   Trade […]

ANZ and Westpac just successfully used blockchain on commercial property deals

ANZ and Westpac just successfully used blockchain on commercial property deals

  Two major Australian banks have successfully used blockchain, instead of paper, for bank guarantees on commercial property leasing.  ANZ and Westpac teamed with IBM and shopping centre operator Scentre Group to digitise the guarantee process.  The trial used distributed ledger technology to replace paper-based guarantee documents, resulting in a single source of information with reduced potential […]

The benefits of solar power

The benefits of solar power

Using the Sun to power your home can help reduce your electricity bills and your carbon footprint. Giving you access to a renewable and clean source of energy, we take a look at how a solar power system can benefit your home.  It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, throughout the year our country bakes […]

Wesfarmers selling troubled Homebase/Bunnings venture in the UK

Wesfarmers selling troubled Homebase/Bunnings venture in the UK

Wesfarmers will sell its troubled Homebase/Bunnings venture in the UK, a move welcomed by brokers as the financial outcome is better than feared. -Wesfarmers entitled to equity proceeds on further sale by Hilco -New business development management has stronger focus on capital allocation -Brokers expect scepticism regarding any further offshore M&A Wesfarmers ((WES)) has bitten the bullet, […]

Capital Market Efficiency and Australian Capital Markets

Capital Market Efficiency and Australian Capital Markets

What is an Efficient Capital Market?   A market where information regarding the value of securities are incorporated into its prices accurately and in real time. Since the value of securities fluctuates and reflect its present intrinsic value, an efficient capital market enables these fluctuations to be reflected in the securities’ current price.   An efficient capital market is one where share prices change and adjust rapidly according […]

New technology could disrupt the Lithium boom

New technology could disrupt the Lithium boom

Silicon battery group and ASX aspirant 1414 Degrees has hit a snag with ASIC.  The Adelaide-based company lodged a prospectus for a capital raising of $30 million to $50 million and public flotation to commercialise its novel energy storage technology last month. But ASIC is seeking more detailed information and 1414 Degrees will have to issue a new prospectus.   The company’s energy storage devices […]

Sluggish UK data lowers chances of rate rise

Sluggish UK data lowers chances of rate rise

“Disappointing” data on the UK service sector appears to have cut the chances of an interest rate increase next week.  The IHS Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index rose to 52.8 in April, but was not as strong as expected.  Last month, official figures showed the UK economy grew 0.1% in the first quarter – the slowest rate since 2012.  Given […]