Chris Becker

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Trading Day: 27th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is up 25 points to 4684 just after midday, continuing to claw back some of this weeks losses. Asian markets are mixed however, with the Nikkei down 0.24%, the Hang Seng up 0.76% and Singapore also up 0.71%. Other risk assets are up too, with the AUD above 1.07 against the USD,

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The trouble with Super

After my article on the fund management industry, I’ve received many requests from regular MacroBusiness readers for an in-depth analysis of superannuation. In my former career as a financial planner and portfolio manager, I found myself almost exclusively specialising in superannuation, particularly asset allocation. This was mainly by design as the majority of clients within the financial planning

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Trading Day – Thursday 26th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is up 36 points or 0.78% to 4626 points just after midday, reversing some of this weeks losses. Asian markets are up, the Nikkei 1.2%, the Hang Seng up slightly at 0.37% and Singapore steady. The AUD is above 1.05 against the USD, whilst gold continues to rise at $1529 USD an

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Equity Spotlight: Graincorp

Profit Increase and Upgrade Graincorp (ASX Code: GNC) has posted an increase in FY11 net profit of 66%, in addition to lifting FY profit guidance to $145 to $165 million, a $30 million increase from previous guidance which put the figure between $115 and $135 million. The main reason behind the increased result was a

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Trading Day: Dead cat falling

The S&P/ASX 200 is down 30 points or 0.65% at midday, continuing the broad correction since mid-April. Asian markets are down, the Nikkei 0.36%, the Hang Seng down 0.58% and Singapore 0.3%, following the US market drop overnight. The AUD is dicing with 1.05 against the USD, whilst gold is rising at $1524 USD an

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Investing in Grains

Most commentators and analysts focus on the hard commodity story for Australia: iron ore, coking coal and metals like copper and aluminium. International pricing forces, driven by demand in China and India and exarcebated by easy monetary policy across the developed and emerging world is having a similar affect on the so-called soft commodities driving

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Trading Day: the correction continues

The S&P/ASX 200 is down 22 points or 0.5% at midday, continuing the broad correction since mid-April. Asian markets are mixed, with the Nikkei down 0.1%, the Hang Seng down 0.2 and Singapore steady, on the back of news that Goldman Sachs has downgraded Chinese GDP growth. The AUD is back above 1.05 after dipping

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Correlated risk is off

Stock markets around the world are either in full flight correction (Australia) beginning, or wobbling along. Yesterday we had the Asian stock markets, with the ASX200 down 1.88%, Japan (Nikkei 225) down 1.52%, Hong Kong (Hang Seng) over 2.11% and Singapore 1.83%. This action was continued through to Europe, with the German DAX down 2%,

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Trading Day – Monday

The S&P/ASX 200 is down over 80 points or 1.5% at midday, reversing all of last week’s gains. Fear is gripping the Asian markets as well, with the Nikkei down 1.3%, the Hang Seng down 1.55% and Singapore over 1%. The AUD is down below 1.06 at 1.0585 against the USD, whilst gold is above

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Trading Day – 20th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is down 22 points or 0.4% at midday, pausing from its rebound rally since Tuesday, mainly from weakness in BHP, RIO and bank stocks (i.e most of the index). Asian markets are up generally, with the Nikkei up 0.3%, the Hang Seng up 0.2% and Singapore steady. The AUD is steady at

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Trading Day 19th May – risk back on?

The S&P/ASX 200 is up almost 60 points or 1.3% at midday, clawing back some of the losses of the near month long correction. Asian markets however are mixed on the back of the Japanese GDP shrinking, with the Nikkei down slightly, the Hang Seng up 0.4% and Singapore up 0.5%. The AUD is up

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The gold vigil

I’ve said before that investing is more about psychology than about fundamental valuations, numbers and metrics. In the case of residential property’s evil “twin” brother, gold, this is more true than ever. Regular readers know that I am watching out for signs of the current bull market in gold becoming an out of control bubble.

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Trading Day – 18th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is up over 20 points at midday, slowing down amidst a correction that began in early April (down over 7% or 250 points). Asian markets are all up, the Nikkei 0.6%, the Hang Seng 0.29% and Singapore steady. The AUD is up slightly to 1.0609 against the USD, whilst gold is falling

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Trading Day – 17th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is steady this afternoon, pausing in the second leg of a correction that began in early April (down over 7% or 300 points). Asian markets are also down, the Nikkei down 0.44%, the Hang Seng 0.45% and Singapore 0.86%. The AUD is up slightly to 1.0562 against the USD, whilst gold is

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Trading Day – 16th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is down over 1% this afternoon, continuing the second leg of a correction that began in early April (down over 7%). Asian markets are also down, with the Nikkei down 0.6%, the Hang Seng 1% and Singapore 0.7%. The AUD is down to 1.05 against the USD, and 85 against the Yen

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Trading Day – Friday the 13th

The S&P/ASX 200 is down slightly this afternoon, with some intra-day buying support similar to US markets recovery last night. Asian markets are down, with the Nikkei down 0.25%, the Hang Seng 0.4% but Singapore up over 0.46%. The AUD is back to 1.06 against the USD, and 86 against the Yen (which is highly

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Peak profits

The big four banks have posted interim results (ANZ, NAB, WBC) and updates (CBA) this last week to the market. In this post I intend to articulate the consensus view, analyse and value the banks and provide a contrarian view to why they are likely the most riskiest stocks on the market. Consensus rules The

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Trading Day – 12th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is down over 1.4% this afternoon, after digesting the slump in commodity prices and US/Euro markets overnight. Asian markets are all down, with the Nikkei down 0.8%, the Hang Seng almost 1% and Singapore just over 0.6%. The AUD has slumped to just above 1.06 against the USD, with a midday update

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Transitional Planning for Boomers

Readers of MacroBusiness have turned my attention to a recent “AskNoel” question on Domain from 2 (early) baby boomer investors. Q. I’m 48 and my husband is 55. As a result of renovations blowing out to $300,000, our mortgage is $690,000.  Our home is worth $1.1 million. We have two positively geared investment properties, owing

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Trading Day – 11th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is up almost 1% this afternoon, after digesting last night’s Budget. Asian markets are up generally, with the Nikkei up 0.5%, the Hang Seng steady and Singapore up slightly. The AUD is rising past 1.085 again against the USD and 87 against the Yen (which is highly correlated with the ASX200) Local

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CBA Quarterly Update

As the last of the big four banks, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) released its quarterly update today. CBA operates on a slightly different financial calendar to the other 3 big banks and this is just an update with a summary, not interim/half year results. Profit and Earnings Unaudited cash earnings for the quarter ending

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Trading Day – 10th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is down slightly at midday, with strong intra-day selling pressure. Asian markets are mixed, with the Nikkei down a little but Hang Seng and Singapore up. The AUD is steady at 1.07 against the USD and 86.5 against the Yen (which is highly correlated with the ASX200) Short term price action as

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Trading Day – 9th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is up 1% at almost 4800 points after finding a bottom late last week. Other Asian markets are mixed, with the Nikkei down a little but Hang Seng up, Singapore steady after their weekend election results. Short term price action as illustrated last week showed a decelerating correction – it looks like

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Trading Day – 6th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is down but slowly recovering at 4740 points after last nights shock fall in commodity markets (oil down 10% alone, AUD/USD down to 1.05) Short term price action resembles a decelerating downtrend (note red curve under low points in last week on chart below). The index (XJO) is hovering above its 260

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Sell in May – a repeat of 2010?

Regular readers may remember that each morning I peruse my bearish sounding “Crashlist” before starting the day trading the Australian equity markets. This list comprises the major currencies crosses, indices, gold, 10 year US T-Note and the US Dollar Index. A well deserved dip in “risk” markets across the world has been transpiring for most

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Trading Day – 5th May

The S&P/ASX 200 is steady at 4740 points with some intra-day buying support. Telstra is adding weight to the market, rallying up 1.4%. Retail sales figures surprised the unsurprisable economists, which has weighed slightly on retail stocks. The index (XJO) is dicing with its 200 day moving average (a closely watched indicator) and is still

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Gold: This Time is Different

Asset markets are effectively all the same: housing, shares, commodities, FX, precious metals, pork bellies and interest rates. They are all markets for speculators to trade, investors to get a return of and on their money and sheep to think they can buy and hold (or negative gear) forever. As I’ve said before, gold in

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Trading Day

The S&P/ASX 200 is down almost 1% to 4755 points from a 4971 point high on the 11th April, a 4.3% total loss in the current dip. Momentum and other technical indicators continue to be very negative. The small short-lived Easter rally looks like being the “dead cat bounce” as part of an overall correction

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Westpac “boring”

WBC released its 2011 Interim Results today. Below is a brief summary of the key figures along with select graphs taken from the broker presentation. Profit Reported Net Profit after Tax (NPAT) was up 14% to $3.961 billion with growth in cash earnings of 8% with all divisions (incl. NZ) experiencing growth. Similarly to ANZ,

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Trading Day

The S&P/ASX 200 is down over 1%, or 51 points at 4773 at 1pm AEST, below support at 4800 points. Momentum and other technical indicators are very negative as this broad selloff continues to hit all sectors. Three consecutive closes below the 15 day moving average are indicative of a correction pattern, but medium term