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A day of consolidation ahead of US employment data

6 Mar 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets Markets look set for a day of consolidation as traders mark time waiting for tonight’s US jobs data.

Retail Sales Growth Shrugged Off as Traders trek Away from Allusive 6000

5 Mar 2015 By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets Traders continue to trek further away from the allusive 6000 mark, as downward pressure is concentrated to materials and REIT-based stocks. The RBA’s decision on Tuesday to sit idle has sent ripples through to equity market.

China Lowers Growth Goal to About 7% as President Li Flags More Headwinds

5 Mar 2015 Bloomberg Business China set the lowest economic growth target in more than 15 years and flagged increasing headwinds as leaders tackle the side effects of a generation-long expansion that spurred corruption, fueled debt and hurt the environment.

Low Inflation in a World of Monetary Stimulus

5 Mar 2015 RBA Deputy Governor Phillip Lowe via Goldman Sachs conference In many ways, the current global monetary environment is quite extraordinary. There has been unprecedented money creation by the world’s major central banks. Policy interest rates are negative across much of Europe. Long-term government bonds yields in most advanced economies are the lowest in recorded history. Lending rates for many private sector borrowers are the lowest ever. And some banks in Europe are now charging customers to accept deposits.

QE in Europe & Reporting Season Wrap

5 Mar 2015 Clime Investment Management European QE is finally here – better late than never. Importantly, Mario Draghi has left the door open to “do whatever it takes” as far as quantum goes. Euro currency debasement will likely be a feature for several years to restore competitiveness. At this point in the Eurozone, disinflation has taken a strong hold and outright deflation is on the cards.

On the brink

5 Mar 2015 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) by CMC Markets Falling US share prices overnight could not have come at a worse time for the Australian share market, at least from a technical point of view. After a failed attempt to rise through 6,000, the Australia 200 index finished yesterday finely poised just above the key 5,900 support level.

Credit works on trust and I don’t trust credit

4 Mar 2015 MoneyWeek UK - Bill Bonner Our guess is that the smart money is selling to the dumb money. That is, the people who take the trouble to figure out what something is really worth are unloading. People who just think they should be “in the stock market” are buying.

How I am investing my pension - experts reveal their own portfolios

4 Mar 2015 Telegraph UK Three experts spell out exactly where they have invested their pension. In the new world of flexible pensions - where savers have free choice over whether they withdraw their cash or leave it invested - there is more than ever a need for ideas and information about how to invest and what to invest in.

The Australian economy still in the doldrums with more help from the RBA and $A needed

4 Mar 2015 AMP Capital - Shane Oliver Through 2013-14 it seemed the Australian economy was starting to transition away from a reliance on mining investment to more broad based growth. Unfortunately this transition has wavered a bit recently and growth has remained below trend.

India makes second unscheduled rate cut

4 Mar 2015 FT Asia India’s central bank has cut interest rates for the second time in less than two months, again at an unscheduled meeting, on the back of softening inflation. The move brings the repo rate down to 7.5 per cent.
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