Here at Markets and Money we run a sceptical eye over the banks, the credit market and Aussie housing regularly to make sure you’re never vulnerable to the disasters bankers get themselves into all too often.

You’ll find out why central banks don’t always know as much as they let you think. You’ll be fully informed about Australia’s ‘Big Four’ banks too. They make up around a quarter of the Aussie share market index. Thanks to their privileged position the big four will continue to be a huge force behind the market.

We’ll keep you updated on whether bank stocks should be part of your portfolio (and the times when you should take your money and run).

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Australian dollar
Time to Get Bearish on the Aussie Dollar
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.
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Why a Rise in Interest Rates Won’t Mean Much
It’s definitely possible that the US and even Australia could lift interest rates in the future. This would cause bond prices to drop and the supply of money to contract. But even if rates were to rise 1%, rates across the developed world would still be extremely low.
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Smart People Making Dumb Decisions
Central banks have blown the biggest bubble in history. History shows us that ALL bubbles eventually find a pin. The looming collapse of the financial system will come as a huge surprise to many people. They’ve been conditioned to believe central banks can solve all problems. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are the creators of problems.
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The Real Story Behind the Banking Royal Commission
Don’t think for a moment the banks aren’t prepared. While all the political shenanigans have gone back and forth, the banks have been combing over their records to see what else is out there. When the bank executives front up, there is every chance they’ll know about, and be prepared for, whatever comes their way.
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Why You Should Like What Bankers Don’t…
The modern system relies on trusting a third-party. That third-party is a central bank or government. Central bankers believe they can engineer asset-price inflation. That is, how much the value of assets goes up. If they control money, they can decide what it’s worth. Cryptocurrencies flip that idea around.
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Goldman Sachs Blunt Warning
One of the world’s biggest investment banks is worried about the US economy. And the stock market is their biggest concern. Goldman says stocks are at their highest valuation since 1900.
How Blockchain Redefines Trust
For centuries, we’ve relied on middlemen to be the trusted third-party. The ones overseeing the proof of identification. The people who clear the transaction. All of these people are the ones we trusted to look after the transaction process. In my view, the blockchain will out these people from their roles in a few short years.
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Welcome to the New World Order
The problem they’ve got is this. The rich can’t buy in to such a ‘small’ market without showing what they are doing this (which would push up prices out of their control). So instead they are trying to make ordinary people write it off, panic sell or fear cryptocurrencies. Or at least not compete with them to buy in. Its economics 101.
US economy not as good as it looks
This Is Going to Get Real Ugly
When you throw trillions of freshly-minted dollars at an economy, you’d expect a bounce in the tax take. That’s exactly what happened after 2009. But the chart shows us that something is different this time.
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Saying Goodbye to the Big Banks
Perhaps we should thank these banks, though. Outdated attitudes are giving way to new ideas. The stagnant banking industry is enabling an entirely new sector to thrive. In my view, the fintech industry is going to challenge the existing banking system.
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When Wages Just Won’t Grow
Here’s where it gets sticky for the RBA: Their metrics are saying that almost all Aussies that want work have jobs. That suggests wages should be growing. But they aren’t. The biggest factor to wages and inflation turns out to be technological disruption.
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Tax Cuts for the Rich…Hallelujah!
This new tax scheme doesn’t reduce US government spending by one penny. Ultimately, the money they spend has to come from the productive economy; there’s nowhere else to get it. But why should giving the rich more money stimulate output? Are they having trouble making ends meet? Do they lack capital?