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The Great Global Infrastructure Arms Race
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One of the most popular ‘alternative’ investments in recent years has been infrastructure. These projects generally provide great long-term returns. And they benefit society by contributing to and facilitating future economic growth. In the next few months, this exposure to infrastructure could grow even more…
Creative Destruction of the Investment Industry
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The creative destruction of ‘free or nearly free’ investing is coming. Nothing surer. The destruction we’ve seen in the retail sector will be repeated in the investment industry. A good number of financial planning and investment platform businesses are going to fail to adapt, and will therefore die. But the more imminent disruptor I see coming is one that hardly anyone is expecting.
Finding Out the Truth about Stocks
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Australian investors often lament the performance of our market. They look at other markets and wonder why ours can’t be the same. We all know that financial stocks dominate the Australian market (around 40%). That the Big Four banks account for about 30% of the index. Remember, an index simply reflects the stocks that are in it. However, while that profit was 8% higher than the previous year, revenue hardly budged an inch.
Here’s Why the Stock Market Correction Could Be Over
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Bitcoin is a failure. Few people use it as a currency. It’s too volatile, the transaction costs are too high, and it’s difficult to store and secure. That’s why we keep on saying that you should stick to what’s known to work: stocks. In a world influenced by central banks, we should expect the unexpected. That’s why it’s worth asking: Is the stock correction over or are we due for another dip?
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How Australia Plans to Be Supercharged
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It’s no secret the demand of new battery tech is expected to rise within the coming years. Battery technology company, RedFlow Ltd [ASX:RFX] has been focusing on developing new innovations of batteries for residential and commercial energy purposes.
A Lobotomy for Your Portfolio
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In April 2017, the government established the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority Limited (FASEA). The purpose of the FASEA is to ‘…set the education, training and ethical standards of financial advisers, licensed under Australian law.’ Admirable intent. What about ‘ethical standards’?
The Radical Shift Hitting Aussie Exports
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With our wide-open space, clean air and natural wonders, Australia is an exporter’s dream. It’s no surprise that our natural resources are coveted worldwide. However, the export industry in Australia also has a dark side…
How Safe Is Your Cash?
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‘How safe is my money?’ If I had a dollar for every email I received about that, I’d be a helluva lot wealthier. The only problem is, where would I put all these extra dollars? In the bank? Under my bed? Buy gold? Cryptos? What a dilemma. There are no guarantees with ANY investment. However, I’m fairly certain the government will do all it can to guarantee its survival.
The High Stakes in Copper’s Future
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Copper prices have retreated once again. Currently, it’s down 0.8% to US$6,810 per tonne. But traders are looking to the future and in turn, the futures market. And some of the stakes are growing to extremes.
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Paved Paradise and Put Up an Apartment Block
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‘Air rights’ weren’t a thing in Australia until a few years ago. Even then, it mirrored the US, where air rights were mostly protecting the space around important buildings. Of course, things change. Now air rights mean something more than just views. Instead of paving paradise and putting a parking lot, the new twist is to rip up the parking lot and put in an apartment block.
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What Lies Ahead for the Big Bank Stocks?
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Banks are the backbone of many investors’ portfolios. Their steady and growing dividends have been a boon for income investors. They are our biggest dividend payers. But could this all be about to change?
The End of the Strong Aussie Dollar
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The Aussie dollar is getting a boost from stronger commodity prices. Recent price rises have helped push the dollar higher. In my view, I think it pays to watch what the Aussie dollar does this year. The Aussie dollar has had a strong start to the year. However, it may be more cyclical than anything to do with the underlying strength in the Aussie dollar.
Aussie Dollar in 2018: Up or Down?
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The RBA cash rate, whether higher or lower than in the US, makes little difference to the Australian dollar in the medium term. In my view, when it comes to forecasting the Aussie dollar, the only thing worth following is commodity prices. That’s because Australia is a resource-driven economy.
Time to Get Bearish on the Aussie Dollar
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A lower Aussie dollar may benefit the commodity sector and other export-reliant businesses. But it also drives up prices for consumers. Because we import so many goods, a lower currency means that you’ll pay more for goods.
The New Golden Rule
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Repeated international economic sanctions continue to encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to look for new ways to avoid the US dollar. Russia’s increasing gold reserves shouldn’t be ignored. Even though the precious metal isn’t at the centre of the financial system today, gold still equals power. Late last year, however, Russia added a new twist to the story. 
Forget Cryptocurrencies, Buy Gold
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Is another cryptocurrency bear market starting? No one knows for sure. But, at the very least, I believe more government regulation is on the way. This could destroy cryptocurrency prices. Others might disagree. They are a terrible investment. So, while crypto punters ignore the risks, we suggest checking out the gold sector.
Get Ready for the Next Gold Bull Market
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With 2017 behind us, gold is clearly in a bull market. In fact, I believe it’s primed to climb to new levels over this year and next. If my analysis is correct, in a couple of years’ time we might never again see gold below US$1,400 (AU$1,759) an ounce.
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Why the Falling Bitcoin Price Is Good for Crypto Investors
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A crashing bitcoin market has scared many people. But that could be a good thing. It means all the people speculating on cryptos are most likely pulling out of the market. Leaving it wide open to everyone that believes in the long-term potential of this technology.
Cryptocurrencies and the History of Money
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Throughout history, people have trusted forms of money when those around them have trusted the same value. This trust is enhanced when people can rely on regulatory authorities to keep the system above board. It’s ironic. Cryptocurrencies were invented as a medium of exchange outside the system. Bringing them back into the system with regulatory controls may be the very thing necessary to ensure public confidence.
Manias and Myths
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There’s nothing more mythical than a booming market. With cryptos now re-entering Earth’s orbit, where are the ‘bitcoin to $1 million' headlines? All but gone. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The only thing different about the current mania is the cast. The plot is still the same…easy come, easy go.
The Great Crypto War
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Ever since cryptocurrencies made their mainstream debut, they’ve been polarising to say the least. In response to crypto mania, companies in the tech and finance industries have split off into two staunchly opposed camps.

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