Trends & Opportunities

Stock-market volatility has exploded

The resulting stunning sentiment shift has left investors and speculators wondering where these wild markets are heading. This is an important time to check the latest fundamentals underlying the big US stocks that dominate market action. They just finished reporting their Q4’19 results, which illuminate their valuations. Recent weeks’ stock-market swings have been huge, driven…

The Hottest Tech Sector Of 2020

Uber transformed transportation when it spent a fortune turning ride-sharing into a mainstream mode of transportation. But the 2.0 version of ride-sharing is where the real disruption begins. It fixes everything that’s wrong and latches onto a mega-trend the giants shouldn’t have ignored: ethical investing. This is where drivers get a boost, riders get a…

Bulletproof Defense Industry Stocks

On 4 March Australian investors breathed a sigh of relief after GDP (gross domestic product) topped expectations for the December Quarter with a reading of +0.5%. For the calendar year 2019 the GDP of 2.2% maintained the country’s stellar record of 28 years of consecutive economic growth. However, some economists are reminding us while we…

5 questions about superannuation

The government’s new retirement incomes review will need to work quickly. On Friday Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he expected a final report by June, just seven months after the issues paper he wants it to deliver by November. The deadline is tight for a reason. In recommending the inquiry in its report on the (in)effeciency…

3 Rare Metals Every Investor Must Watch At This Critical Time

Three of the most valuable metals in the world are so rare that they could become a factor in the difference between global technological dominance and military superiority on one hand, and the loss of superpower status on the other. Yet, for all their critical importance, even the most powerful nations are struggling to secure…

Opportunities from Solid Financial Reports without Virus Warnings

On the morning of 27 February in the US an increasingly fearful global investment community reacted to twin worries coming from the WHO (World Health Organisation) and international investment banking giant Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS). First, seven new countries — Brazil, Georgia, Greece, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan and Romania – have reported coronavirus cases over…

A 3-point plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

Every January Larry Fink, the head of the world’s largest funds manager, BlackRock, sends a letter to the chief executives of major public companies. This year’s letter focused on climate risk. “Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects,” Fink wrote. To put sustainability at the centre of its investment approach, he…

Gold is enjoying increased traders’ attention

Gold is enjoying an awesome week, surging back above $1600 for the first time in nearly 7 years! That big round psychologically-heavy level is really catching traders’ attention, great improving sentiment. Yet this recent gold surge has proven peculiar. Unlike normal rallies, the buying driving this one largely hasn’t come from gold’s usual primary drivers….

The Metal Trump Wants More Than Gold

China has a monopoly on one of the most strategic metals on the planet, and Washington is anxious to change that. Global dominance at this point in the game means control of the rare earths elements that form the backbone of existing technology and the future of technology, and while everyone is busy playing at…

Coronavirus and the global economy

Up until last month, our global outlook was one of moderate, if fragile, growth in 2020. Thanks to dovish monetary policy globally, this long economic cycle looked set to continue for another year. This remains possible depending on how quickly the coronavirus is contained. In the meantime, we are speaking regularly to the companies we…