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Will coronavirus cause a recession?

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting economies across the world with education, hospitality, retail, tourism and entertainment sectors majorly impacted by social distancing measures and travel restrictions. As developed markets prepare for an economic slowdown, we answer the questions – will coronavirus cause a recession? The fallout from COVID-19 has led people to wonder what’s in…

Economic shock exposes vulnerable valuations

The continued spread of COVID-19 across the world has administered a shock to the global economy, with material impacts already felt on both the supply and demand side. Yet while central banks and governments appear ready to take further measures, it is not yet clear whether they will be enough to counteract market headwinds. In…

Gold stocks exhibit strong seasonality

Before their recent surge on gold regaining $1600, the gold stocks spent much of the past half-year or so largely drifting sideways to lower. That high consolidation really weighed on sentiment, with greed giving way to apathy. This sector normally tends to suffer a seasonal slump into mid-March, paving the way for gold stocks’ spring…

Junior Gold Miners Worthy of Consideration

On 18 February investors around the world, apparently firm in their belief the economic impact of the coronavirus would be short-lived and relatively minor, were shocked when the largest company by market cap in the world – Apple Inc – announced the coronavirus in fact would make it “unlikely” the company would hit its First…

Hunting for income: Three things to consider

With interest rates likely to be lower for longer, investors are seeking yield from potentially riskier investments. We analyse alternatives and share three key factors to consider in the hunt for income. Record-low interest rates pose a challenge for income-oriented investors. That challenge is particularly acute for those living off the income from cash investments….

A sizzling summer for stocks

Australian share markets have had a roaring start to 2020, with sizeable gains driven by momentum stocks, especially in IT and healthcare. Yet while companies like CSL are undoubtedly impressive, a closer inspection reveals some troubling nuances to the growth story, calling into question the high expectations imposed by a growth-starved market. It wasn’t just…

Investor Signposts 10 Feb 2020: Quiet week ahead

Australia: Quiet week ahead In the coming week, there is only a spattering of economic indicators. Main interest will be on the profit-reporting season. On Tuesday, there are three indicators to be released. ANZ and Roy Morgan issue the consumer sentiment index for the week ended February 9. The National Australia Bank issues the January…

Capital Gains Tax: Implications for Australian tax residents

In Australia, special capital gains tax rules apply when dealing with assets of a deceased estate. The most common types of assets inherited by a beneficiary that could be subject to a capital gain are property, shares and managed funds. You may have just received (or are about to receive) an inheritance. While this article…

Federal Reserves Risky Q4 Stock Ramp

The US stock markets dramatically surged mostly in a straight line since mid-October. This extraordinary rally started when the Federal Reserve announced it would resume expanding its balance sheet for the first time in years. The deluge of new liquidity from that quantitative-easing bond buying has again acted like rocket fuel for stock markets. After…

IPOs Have Something for Everyone

In theory, investors considering an investment in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) should follow many of the same principles that apply to picking winning stocks already trading in public markets. In practice, the “must read” information contained in the IPO Prospectus published by about to list companies can be challenging to interpret. In August of…