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A First in the History of Capitalism
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For the first time in the history of capitalism, we are seeing a generation that will be worse off than their parents. This is all exacerbated by low interest rates. The fact that interest rates have remained low means that this huge debt is not a burden…yet. Interest rates have never been this low for this long. We are living through a new experiment…and we don’t know how this will end. For now, there is ‘prosperity’…for the few.
Smashing the Paradox
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As the crypto revolution takes off, we will be able to leave a broken financial system behind. The slow, inefficient and expensive system that caused the GFC and the dotcom bubble. And by staying in the right cryptos, there is a way to profit from the revolution.
No Bang for Our Borrowed Buck
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Even with all of this innovation, our economic growth is slowing. The reason for this, Vern argues, is that we have failed to be adaptive in our economic model. And now we are drowning in debt and are struggling to keep our economy stable. Although we are accustomed to our GDP always rising, and our living conditions becoming ever-better, it’s an expectation that we need to rethink.
Dr Doom Brought to You from the Grand Hyatt Melbourne
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‘Doctor Doom’ Marc Faber is down in Melbourne to discuss where the world is heading. Is a stock market crash on the cards? Or is it something else? ‘Where is the World Going?’ was the theme of Dr Faber’s presentation today. And around the world we went. Dr Faber had so much to say, we can’t fit everything in. But Dr Faber is quite well versed in the Chinese economy...
The Switch to a Buyer’s Market
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The housing market is very different from a few months ago. Back then, buyers were getting into frenzied auctions, spending more than what they had budgeted for and properties were going above the reserve. In other words, we could be seeing the switch from a seller’s to a buyer’s market.
The Great Australian Crackdown
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The investigation into the tax office, which was conducted in partnership with Fairfax and former employees of the ATO, depicted stories of small business owners and individuals who were alleged to have been ‘aggressively pursued’ for debt that they didn’t owe. The exposé highlighted the far reaching powers of the tax office and how they have the potential to be abused.
A Tsunami in Infrastructure Spending
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There are currently 1.2 million people employed in construction, around 9% of Australia’s total labour force. The truth is that infrastructure spending is booming in Australia. The boost in infrastructure spending could be supporting Australia’s economy for the next few years as other sectors in the economy slow.
House in a hand. Representing falling property prices.
Magnified Expectations and Bloating Debt
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Meanwhile, wage growth has been plummeting. It is now just above 2%. So it’s not surprising that in recent years households have been getting into larger mortgages to get into the frenzy...and consequently, higher debt. And we are starting to see an increase in mortgage stress.
Your Early Warning Sign for the Next Real Estate Peak
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It’s very easy to get caught up in all the day-to-day noise. The S&P 500 was up a hundred points, the Dow Jones down six hundred points, and on it goes. The stock market will show volatility from time to time. Housing starts can be a good way to gauge how the economy is tracking.
No Taming the Debt Beast
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Wages not growing and property prices at record highs mean that household debt is reaching record highs. And household debt is already becoming a burden that could restrict growth. Australian household debt is at one of the highest in the world, at almost 200% debt to income ratio. Household debt affecting consumption is a big worry for the RBA
Property Market Incentives are Drying Up
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Easy credit and low interest rates have meant a booming housing market. What do you think a cut on credit and higher interest rates will mean for the housing market? Developers are now offering incentives to buy property. Another sign that the property market is slowing.
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NAB Share Price Drops Nearly 2%
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National Australia Bank Ltd [ASX:NAB] are trading, at the time of writing, at $28.92 a share while dropping today by 1.83% Their share value has been consistently low, but have shown some signs of growth in the past, as they were valued lower during 2016.
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.
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A Gold Bull Market Lurks in the Shadows
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Gold will surge to the highest level in five years if a global trade war breaks out, according to Rick Rule, chief executive officer of Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc. Rick Rule is a smart businessman and successful investor. He’s been around for decades in the resources sector. When he talks, you listen carefully.
This is Why the Gold Price Could Rally
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The global economies may be growing in sync for the first time in 10 years, but it may not last long. Gold is used as a hedge in times of turbulence and uncertainty. And as a hedge against inflation and risk. Moreover, gold could rally if trade tensions between the US and China keep up.
Italy to Spark the Coming Gold Bull Market
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To be honest, most people are downplaying the vote. There’s a serious risk that we’ll see a referendum by year’s end. I believe Italy will hold a referendum to leave the Eurozone this year. You can’t ignore the majority of Italians voted for Eurosceptic parties.
What the Italian Election Could Mean for Gold
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Thanks to Merkel’s hard-line policies, multiple countries could leave the European Union within the next five years. Will Italy be next following the Italian election? It’s clear that people aren’t happy and want something different. That’s why we’re seeing old governments thrown out and extreme politicians, whether left or right, elected around the world.
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Bitcoin Works!
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The crypto market is no stranger to big numbers. Filecoin raised $187 million in one hour in its ICO. Ark — a ‘blockchain platform’ — went up 1,000 times. Nano, whatever that is, rose 3,747 times, transforming an initial investment of $500 into $1.8 million. And there may be more big gains coming in the crypto space. Very, very few people own cryptos. They represent a tiny percentage of money transactions.
You Could Have Made 70,000% by Investing in ‘Green Beans’
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Why are cryptos so interesting for the area? Apart from the attractiveness of recent gains, inflation and hyperinflation are both quite common in the area. As Bloomberg reports, trading volume in cryptocurrencies has increased quicker in countries with capital controls and weakening currencies.
Private Currencies vs. Public Money
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Blockchain is definitely allowing people to think about the future of money and how we use that money. And the rise of parallel currencies could increase competition for central banks. That is, if the central bank printed too much money and devalued the currency, people could flock to a more stable private currency.
Bitcoin Price Bounces Back, but Why?
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Overnight, something happened. Bitcoin’s price was trading at around US$6,900 and treading water. Then, in the span of 25 minutes, it shot up 16% to US$8,000. Though the question on everyone’s lips is, why?
Cobalt Demand Results in Clancy Exploration Share Price Surge
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Shares of Clancy Exploration Limited have grown by a massive 50% today. An increase in cobalt demand has triggered a surge of prices for the mineral across the span of two years. Clancy Exploration, which has been operating since 2003, has managed to produce thousands of tonnes of cobalt from its Bou Azzer operation, along with large quantities of silver and gold.
Nine Entertainment Share Price Increase Shows Sign of Bouncing Back
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Despite losing the cricket to rival broadcasters, Nine still has a positive outlook towards future ventures. Cricket CEO James Sutherland thanks Nine for their 40 years of international cricket broadcasts around the world. He believes Nine has vastly helped promote the sport in the long run.

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