Optimism’s on the rise in the land down under

There’s always two ways of looking at things. That’s what separates optimists and pessimists. Back in the mists of time, 1991 when I was still young… stop sniggering at the back! … commentators were obsessed by recession fears...

Upside-down thoughts from down under

G’day! Back in the mists of time, 1991, (gulp….that’s 27 years ago!) I was well into lifelong learning but if I’d known I’d live this long I would have waited much longer before being addicted to bookshops. Yes,...

The Game of Doubt

Investing for the long-term, while successfully accumulating wealth, will be one of the toughest games you’ll ever play. The journey is as exciting as it is humbling. In fact, at times it will seem to be begging you...

Market Volatility Breeds Doubt

When it comes to the threat of war, the difference between today and 25 years ago is that cameras and real-time wireless connections with satellite feeds put us all on “the frontline” within seconds. The truth is that...

Investor Rope Burns

Anyone hoping we might start Q2 more quietly than we ended Q1 on the volatility front has been rudely awakened to a dead elephant bounce. Thousands of points have already been covered and we are only a few...

About that “Financial Quarter from Hell...”

Investors, they are leaving, again. They will be back. And when they do, we will be here. We will be here at higher prices, when the coast is again considered “clear.” The future will look “bright” at that...

Roll on 2019!

At my age generally time flies but in the case of Britain leaving the EU it seems to be taking forever. Today marks the start of the last year of our membership of the EU and finally the...

You’re Getting Skewed

When investors try and mix political views with market reality they’re in for a whole lot of frustration and political skewing. Please note all the "extreme fear" readings now on the data dashboard. That reading actually fell to...

Voting vs Weighing

Billionaire Warren Buffett has said many times: “In the short-term, the stock market is a voting machine. In the long-term, it is a weighing machine." And right now we’re watching the “voting process” unfold. Dumb decisions are being...

In The Long Run

Easily forgotten is the barn-burner earnings season of Q4, 2017, as the Q1, 2018 session starts in just a few more weeks. And we should now expect to see the trickling effects of US tax changes, as many...