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Trump cuts have local appeal

The incoming Trump administration in the US has the potential to dramatically change the global economy and financial markets. 


Pokemon Go surprises investors

Released during July in Australia and other selected countries, Pokemon Go is a free-to-play augmented reality smartphone game developed in collaboration by Niantic, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company. 

Negative rates no magic wand

The shift towards negative interest rate in some countries is a scenario that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. 

Making sense of global volatility

Since the start of the year, more than $8.2 trillion has been wiped off the value of global equities.

Grattan driving debate

The federal government seems to be preparing the public for reform with its semi-regular announcements from ministers that ‘everything is on the table’, particularly since Malcolm Turnbull took the prime ministership from Tony Abbott.

China’s burst bubble not total trouble

The extraordinary stock market events in China of recent weeks have stunned domestic investors, as the Beijing government opted for extreme measures to prevent a complete meltdown after the Shanghai A

Young warm to Hockey’s super plan

It may not be popular in political or financial circles, but the treasurer’s call for a debate on the use of superannuation for housing resonates where it counts.

Does deflation deserve its bad rap?

Not every economist buys the theory that that deflation leads to deferment of consumption, and is inherently a ‘bad thing’.

Will China Fail?

A new book by two US academics offers a compelling analysis of the world’s financial malaise, including in China.

Oil slump risk to LNG projects

Oil’s role in current geopolitical plays may have an effect on some of Australia’s massive LNG projects.

Putting paid to wealth inequality

Capitalism per se isn’t the problem behind wealth disparity, but rather governments’ failure to act in the interests of workers and the middle class.

More work needed on longevity challenge

More needs to be done to encourage savings self-sufficiency if policymakers want Australians to carry the financial burden of extended retirement years themselves.

Cyprus banking crisis exposes new risks for depositors

In my November 2012 column, I outlined the views of Felix Stephen, head of strategy and research at Advance Asset Management.

Currency wars create range of challenges

THE prospect of global currency war presents a fresh challenge for governments and financial markets worldwide, including Australia.

WA lure as more NZ migrants jump ditch

THE number of job-ready New Zealanders heading to Australia jumped this year, with many of them bound for Western Australia.

Analysis: Get set for another market shock

Self-funded retirees, who don’t subscribe to the theory of staying fully invested in the market, may find comfort in the views of Felix Stephens, head of strategy and research at Advance Asset Managem

Dust far from settled on European crisis

After slipping off the radar, the debt crisis in Europe has now returned.

Lessons in a modern, enigmatic China

An insider’s view on China, that it is not always what it seems, challenges Western thinking.

Ratings agencies under pressure on advice

Credit ratings agencies need a renewal of integrity.

Investors waiting until Europe settles

Positive signs, however small, are emerging from Europe and the US, while China goes through growing pains.

Crisis forces Europe to face the music

The eurozone’s financial mess will surely force leaders to acknowledge the errors of past practices.

Are EU’s technocrats the right people to solve crisis?

The eurozone debt crisis has become the major risk to the global economy and it is already starting to affect Australia.

Insecurity drives Wall Street’s disgruntled utopians

What’s behind protests such as Occupy Wall Street and is there a need to resolve these issues?

Single currency folly pushes Europe to the brink

A sound currency is the fundamental basis for a productive economy.

Crises present investment opportunities

Investors need to adapt to a more uncertain financial and political world order.

Crisis reveals quiet investor confidence

Despite ongoing environmental and political upheaval around the world, there’s still reason for confidence.

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Will China Fail?

A new book by two US academics offers a compelling analysis of the world’s financial malaise, including in China.

China’s burst bubble not total trouble

The extraordinary stock market events in China of recent weeks have stunned domestic investors, as the Beijing government opted for extreme measures to prevent a complete meltdown after the Shanghai A

Pokemon Go surprises investors

Released during July in Australia and other selected countries, Pokemon Go is a free-to-play augmented reality smartphone game developed in collaboration by Niantic, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company. 

Making sense of global volatility

Since the start of the year, more than $8.2 trillion has been wiped off the value of global equities.

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Young warm to Hockey’s super plan

It may not be popular in political or financial circles, but the treasurer’s call for a debate on the use of superannuation for housing resonates where it counts.

Will China Fail?

A new book by two US academics offers a compelling analysis of the world’s financial malaise, including in China.

Analysis: Get set for another market shock

Self-funded retirees, who don’t subscribe to the theory of staying fully invested in the market, may find comfort in the views of Felix Stephens, head of strategy and research at Advance Asset Managem