Forget Bitcoin…Buy Commodities Instead
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I believe it’s best to stick with private assets that have stood the test of time: precious metals and commodities. They are less volatile than cryptocurrencies. Historically, commodities have outperformed during all wars. With tensions rising in North Korea and the Middle East, resource stocks are a no-brainer for now in my view.
The Two Biggest Events Driving World Markets
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There are two very important events occurring this week. However, you’d be forgiven for not knowing they were happening. For currency traders, this news means the US dollar should remain weak, keeping the euro higher for the rest of the year.
China’s New Crude Oil Futures Contract to Kick Out the US Dollar
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China is done with holding what they perceive to be worthless US currency. China has plans to launch its own crude oil futures contract - a contract that would be entirely redeemable for gold. If this project gets off the ground, you can guarantee the US dollar is going to tank even further.
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Profiting in a Low Interest Rate Environment
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RBA released the minutes of their 5 September Monetary Policy Meeting. Various members of the RBA discussed topics ranging from employment to wage growth and housing activity, and what these could mean for interest rates going forward.
How Water Trading Boosts Aussie House Prices
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The water trading plan calls for each apartment to have a quota of free rainwater from the communal tank. The unused part of the quota could be traded to other residents for a reduced water bill. More people, higher density, innovation and new technology…and up goes the land price.
US Oil and Gas Face Serious Turbulence
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The biggest losers on the market were gas and oil futures. Bloomberg has reported gas futures for October dipped 9.8 US cents — or 3.2% — to US$2.972 earlier this week. Meanwhile, oil futures have been mixed overnight in US trading.
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Aussie Dollar Highs Amid Cautious Optimism
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The dollar creeped higher against the greenback overnight, even peaking over US 80 cents at one stage. It came as the US dollar slid lower, and an uptick in commodity prices. It has since slid back under the US 80 cent mark, but some analysts believe it will rise again.
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Gold Prices Could Move a Lot Higher
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Gold prices have hit 100-month highs as investors start flocking to the shiny safe haven asset. A lot of the analysis out there is putting the recent surge down to the tensions in North Korea. And this is certainly a contributing factor.
What the Gold-Oil Ratio Is Telling You
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On Monday, BlueScope Steel Ltd [ASX:BSL] fell 21%! In one day, nearly three months’ worth of gains were wiped out.  As the old saying goes, stocks rise by the escalator and go down via the elevator.
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Why Bankers Don’t Like Bitcoin
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Bankers feel threatened by disruptive currencies like bitcoin. And so they should be. Cryptocurrencies will do to the financial system what the internet did to the media. People will be able to choose another form of money that is beyond the government’s control.
The Bitcoin Battle
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In one corner, we have the countries actively trying to integrate the alternative currency into their economy. In the other corner, there are the heavy-handed tactics being used to shut down cryptocurrencies.
Why China Won’t Ban ICOs Forever
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An ICO is a form of funding start-up that companies are beginning to turn to. On Monday, word filtered through markets that the Chinese government had declared all initial coin offerings (ICOs) illegal. China just needs to work out how ICOs can benefit them.
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Why You Shouldn’t Emulate Institutional Investors
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These institutional investors have multiple degrees and years’ worth of experience. They really are smart, make no mistake. However in some respects, they have to face headwinds like size. And of course they’re all still human…I think, which means they also make mistakes.
Bargain Buyers Jump On Telstra Shares
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Telstra climbed up 3.2% today. Yet, the gain did little to soften its 27% decline year-to-date. Let’s face it, unless you bought Telstra in 2011, the stock hasn’t been a good investment, encouraging many investors to hang on to their dividend.
Don’t Get Caught Chasing Yield
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Remember when you could earn more than 10% on government bonds? Yeah, neither do I. However, for almost a decade, from 1980 to mid-1989, the Aussie 10-year bond was trading at such a yield.
Boring Investment Advice For Exciting Times
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Overbought, overhyped and overvalued markets represent a serious threat to your investments and wealth. Life would be so much easier if excessive reward was risk free…but that’s not how life works.

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