December 15, 2017
Bitcoin has enjoyed an extraordinary surge in both value and public attention recently. The chart below maps the rise in the price of a Bitcoin in USD over the last few years, and a similar chart could probably be plotted for the number of column inches, the number of internet searches and the number of experts confidently proclaiming it to be either a speculative bubble, or the gold of the future. Continue…
by Tim Kelley Posted in Editor's Pick, Foreign Currency.
October 30, 2017
Only 12 months back, Telstra (ASX: TLS) shares were trading at around $5.00. The fall since then has been precipitous. Which has got a lot of investors asking: does it finally represent good value? Continue…
by Tim Kelley Posted in Companies, Editor's Pick, Technology & Telecommunications.
November 17, 2017
According to the Rider Levett Bucknall Crane Index, there are 586 cranes in operation across Australia’s three largest cities. 350 in Sydney, 151 in Melbourne and 85 in Brisbane. 80 per cent or 470 of these cranes are focused on building apartments. Continue…
by David Buckland Posted in Editor's Pick, Property.
October 24, 2017
If you run your own self-managed super fund (SMSF), have you ever wondered how you stand against other investors in the same boat? Well, a recent report shines a light on where we invest and how much we are putting away. It contains a few surprises. Continue…
by Scott Phillips Posted in Investing Education.
December 15, 2017
As long-time readers well know by now, we consider residential property in Australia to be very expensive and the price trends are something that we follow closely primarily for the impact that it has on other industries. Continue…
by Andreas Lundberg Posted in Property.
November 10, 2017
It’s been a long time coming, but it seems the much-anticipated end to Sydney’s housing bubble has finally arrived. And, Australia-wide, there’s a growing list of areas with owners struggling to cope with mountains of debt. The question is, how far will property prices fall?
by Roger Montgomery Posted in Editor's Pick, Property.
January 2, 2018
As 2017 has drawn to a close, let’s take a look at the year that was. Excluding dividends, the Australian market put on 7.8 per cent in 2017, and 7.0 per cent in the six months to December. Over the year, several indices did significantly better, including the Hong Kong Hang Seng up 36.0 per cent, the US Nasdaq up 28.2 per cent, the Indian Sensex up 27.9 per cent, the New Zealand Gross 50 up 22.0 per cent, the US S&P 500 up 19.4 per cent and the Japanese Nikkei 225 up 19.1 per cent. Continue…
by David Buckland Posted in Market commentary.
November 20, 2017
Right now, investors are facing two options: invest in the market’s momentum, while acknowledging that low returns are likely; or step aside, given the risk of low returns and higher volatility. Of late, we’ve chosen the latter option, as we are convinced it is the rational approach. But many investors seem to disagree. Continue…
by Roger Montgomery Posted in Market commentary.
October 30, 2017
Following our recent post about our forthcoming active Exchange Traded Managed Fund (ETMF), the Montgomery Global Equities Fund (ASX: MOGL), here’s a brief update on the progress towards its quotation on the ASX Aqua market. Continue…
by David Buckland Posted in Montgomery News and Updates.
December 18, 2017
As we round out 2017, it is timely to stop and reflect on the year that was. In particular, it is always interesting to identify the year’s surprises. One benefit of writing down your thoughts and expectations throughout the year is that it becomes very easy to identify what has been surprising.
by Andrew Macken Posted in Global markets, Market commentary.
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