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Has Australia really had three recessions in the last 28 years?
By Fenwickefinancial On October 17, 2019

Introduction The claim that Australia has gone 28 years without a recession since the early 1990s recession ended in 1991 has been subject to some criticism in recent times with …

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Australian house prices back from the abyss – 7 things you need to know about the Australian property market
By Fenwickefinancial On September 16, 2019

Introduction After the biggest fall in at least 40 years – with a 10.2% top to bottom fall between September 2017 and June this year – average capital city home …

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Plunging bond yields & weak share markets amidst talk of recession – what does it mean for investors?
By Fenwickefinancial On August 23, 2019

Introduction Only last month share markets in the US and Australia were at record highs. But ever since President Trump ramped up the US-China trade war again at the start …

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2018-19 saw a rough ride for investors but it turned out okay
By Fenwickefinancial On July 10, 2019

Introduction The past financial year saw a roller coaster ride for investors. Share markets plunged into Christmas only to rebound over the last six months. This note reviews the last …

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The $A still has more downside, but a lot of the weakness is behind us
By Fenwickefinancial On June 17, 2019

Introduction While some have expressed surprise at the recent resilience in the value of the Australian dollar around the $US0.69-0.70 level despite weak Australian growth and Reserve Bank rate cuts, …

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Seasonal patterns in shares – should we “sell in May and go away” and what about renewed trade war fears?
By Fenwickefinancial On May 7, 2019

Introduction Since late last year share markets have rebounded with US shares up 25% to their recent high, global shares up 22% and Australian shares up 17% as last year’s …

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The 2019-20 Australian Budget
By Fenwickefinancial On April 4, 2019

Introduction The 2019-20 Budget had three aims: to cement the Government’s fiscal credentials by delivering the long-awaited return to budget surplus; to provide fiscal stimulus to an ailing economy; and …

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“Millennial socialism” and the swing of the political pendulum back to the left – what it means for investors
By Fenwickefinancial On March 17, 2019

Introduction When I was in my early 20s I thought socialism might be the way to go. Two things happened. One I studied economics which led me to the conclusion …

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Five charts and a table that are critical to watch regarding the global economy and markets this year
By Fenwickefinancial On February 26, 2019

Introduction I first ran through a set of five charts to keep an eye on regarding the global economy last September. Since then share markets plunged into December and have …

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Australian housing downturn Q&A – how bad will it get?
By Fenwickefinancial On February 11, 2019

Introduction The housing cycle and house prices always incite high interest in Australia. Until recently it was all about surging prices and poor affordability – particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. …

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Jim single-handedly has radically impacted my view of the financial planning industry. Upfront he is clear about the methods he use, about his views on risk diversification and about his determination to create a strategy and stick to it. He listens carefully and is able to bring clarity to his client’s jumbled thinking, rationally dealing with suggestions, and in an inclusive manner coming to mutually agreed goals. He is focused on the long term, while at the same time making provision for major cash inflow or outflow requirements.”

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