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Equity market rally set to boost income

For trust and income beneficiaries, the June quarter – much like the 2021 financial year – was mixed. Record low interest rates continued to put the brakes on interest income, and while there has been some recovery in dividends from the early days of the pandemic, they are still below 2019 financial year levels. On…

The Weighing Machine

Advocates of the “Buy and Hold” school of investing have long clung to the reported quotation from Benjamin Graham, the acknowledged rather of value investing: “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.” Taken as written, the quote seems to imply a dichotomy…

Scarcity drives opportunity

Scarcity is a prime mover in capitalist economies. The scarceness of a good drives price movements, substitution into alternatives and innovation to create workarounds. The unfettered pursuit of these responses allows for the smooth functioning of the economy and means that capitalist societies rarely face the line-up-in-a-queue shortages that have become the hallmark of more…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning 21 June, 2021

Australia: Retail spending, trade, jobs and wealth data in the spotlight Preliminary retail and international trade data headline another busy week on the Aussie data docket. Purchasing manager indexes will be closely observed as will jobs and wealth figures. The week kicks off on Monday when the Bureau of Statistics (ABS) issues preliminary retail trade…

Why dividends make sense in an inflationary environment

The fallout from Covid-19 put pressure on corporate dividend payments in many sectors and markets. Now, as economies recover and earnings bounce back, dividends worldwide are poised to rebound. At the same time, while widespread fiscal stimulus may push the global economy into a period of higher inflation, history shows how dividend-focused investment strategies can…

Big US Stocks’ Q1’21 Fundamentals

The red-hot US stock markets continue to power inexorably higher, fueling extraordinary complacency and euphoria.  With stocks riding an extreme deluge of Fed money printing, selloffs are minor and far between.  But are these seemingly-perpetual gains to endless lofty record highs justified fundamentally?  The big US stocks’ winding-down Q1’21 earnings season illuminates how these elite…

Why middle-aged entrepreneurs do better

Bill Gates was 21 when he and Paul Allen registered Microsoft. Steve Jobs was 22 when he and Steve Wozniak launched Apple. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his Harvard dormitory. The biographies of these tech billionaires who achieved great success in their twenties has helped cement the perception that entrepreneurship is a young person’s game….

Copper Rising

Today more than ever copper stands at the top of the heap of the commodities pile as a bellwether for the global economy. Regardless of its label as a barometer or a “canary in the coal mine” the vast list of applications for the metal have earned the right for its prophetic accolades. Copper is…

Will Oil Hit $80 This Summer?

India, the world’s third-largest oil importer, is the latest coronavirus hotspot. It has recently hit a record-breaking number of new daily coronavirus cases—a statistic that dented oil demand and pressured oil prices. OPEC+, out of its own necessity, has intervened in the oil market on the supply side of the equation to offset the pandemic-depressed…

Investor Signposts: Week Beginning 3 May, 2021

Australia: Reserve Bank dominates proceedings A bevy of economic and financial events ushers in the month of May with the Reserve Bank firmly in the spotlight. The week kicks off on Monday when IHS Markit and AiGroup both issue manufacturing purchasing managers indexes. The Melbourne Institute inflation gauge is also due with ANZ job advertisements…