The Fed hikes again, still gradual but likely to be a bit faster next year – implications
By Fenwickefinancial On December 18, 2017
Introduction Two years after it first started raising interest rates in this cycle in December 2015, the Fed has increased rates for the fifth time, raising the Fed Funds rate …
Why cautious optimism is better for your investment health than perma pessimism
By Fenwickefinancial On December 4, 2017
At the start of last year, with global and Australian shares down around 20% from their April/May 2015 highs, the big worry was that the global economy was going back …
The medium term investment return remains constrained
By Fenwickefinancial On November 16, 2017
Introduction The last five years have seen strong returns for diversified investors thanks to double digit gains in shares (after a rebound from a mini bear market around the Eurozone …
Five great charts on investing for income (or cash flow)
By Fenwickefinancial On November 2, 2017
Introduction The low interest rates of recent times along with periodic turmoil in investment markets has provided us with a reminder of the importance of the income (cash) flow or …
CARE Australia Walk in Her Shoes
By Fenwickefinancial On October 16, 2017
We are taking the CARE Australia Walk in Her Shoes challenge from 16-29 October 2017! Our team, the Sole Mates, will be aiming to raise a combined total of $4,500 …
The US Federal Reserve starts quantitative tightening
By Fenwickefinancial On September 28, 2017
Introduction The US Federal Reserve provided few surprises following its September meeting. While it left interest rates on hold, it confirmed that it will begin what it calls “balance sheet …
Another five great charts on investing
By Fenwickefinancial On September 18, 2017
Introduction As Warren Buffett once said: “There seems to be a perverse human characteristic that makes easy things difficult.” This has particularly been the case with investing where complexity has …
The Global Financial Crisis 10 years on- Lessons learned and can it happen again?
By Fenwickefinancial On August 28, 2017
Introduction It seems momentous things happen in years ending in seven. Well, at least in the last 50 years starting with the “summer of love” in 1967 and the introduction …
The break higher in the Australian dollar is likely to be limited- this is not 2007 all over again!
By Fenwickefinancial On August 7, 2017
Introduction Contrary to our expectations, the Australian dollar has recently broken out of the $US0.72 to $US0.78 range of the last 15 months or so on the upside and spiked …
Five great charts on investing
By Fenwickefinancial On August 1, 2017
Introduction Investing is often seen as complicated. And this has been made worse over the years by the increasing complexity in terms of investment products and choices, regulations and rules …
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