The US Federal Reserve starts raising interest rates – implications for Australia and investors
By Fenwickefinancial On March 23, 2022
Introduction After much anticipation, the US Federal Reserve has raised its Federal Funds target interest rate from a range of 0-0.25%, where it’s been for the last two years since …
Review of 2021, outlook for 2022 – recovery to continue as we hopefully learn to live with covid
By Fenwickefinancial On December 14, 2021
2021 – another year of covid Just as 2020 was dominated by coronavirus so too was 2021. But 2021 turned out to be a far better year for investors. The …
Rising bond yields and the end of the super cycle bull market in bonds
By Fenwickefinancial On October 27, 2021
Introduction For the past four decades a key feature of investment markets has been a super cycle bull market in bonds that saw 10-year bond yields fall from around 16% …
Five reasons why the Australian dollar is likely to resume its upswing over the next 12 months
By Fenwickefinancial On September 17, 2021
Introduction Movements in the value of the Australian dollar are important for Australian-based investors in that they directly impact the value of (and hence returns from) international investments and indirectly …
Coronavirus continues to cause havoc globally and in Australia – but here are five reasons for optimism
By Fenwickefinancial On July 28, 2021
Introduction It seems the bad news on coronavirus doesn’t let up. The lockdown in NSW looks like going longer. There is endless debate about whether governments are doing the right …
Inflation – why it matters for investment markets
By Fenwickefinancial On June 15, 2021
Introduction There has been much concern about inflation this year – but why should it matter for growth assets like shares and property? Surely earnings and rents will just go …
The 2021-22 Australian Budget – spending the growth windfall to further grow the economy towards full employment
By Fenwickefinancial On May 14, 2021
Introduction The 2021-22 Budget sees the Government ditch its plan to start budget repair (or austerity) once unemployment is “comfortably below 6%” in favour of continuing to focus on growing …
Market outlook Q&A – global recovery, vaccines, inflation, the risk of a share crash, Aust house prices and other issues
By Fenwickefinancial On April 13, 2021
Introduction This note covers the main questions investors commonly have regarding the investment outlook in a simple Q&A format. Is the global economic recovery on track? Yes. We anticipate global …
Bitcoin – it’s not a currency, it’s not a capital asset… so what is it?
By Fenwickefinancial On March 5, 2021
The title may seem a bit harsh, but I reckon it’s a reasonable question given the issues around Bitcoin and the amount of interest it’s once again attracting. This interest …
US political protests, inflation and rising bond yields
By Fenwickefinancial On January 21, 2021
Introduction New years often start with a few events to challenge any calm investors may have achieved over the Christmas/New Year break. Some of these prove short lived like the …
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