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US midterm election outcome could be marginally positive for markets

20 Nov 2014 By Libby Cantrill and Josh Thimons – PIMCO Viewpoints - In the recent US midterm elections the Republicans gained a majority in the Senate and increased their existing majority in the House of Representatives. With now, a some 30-seat majority, it represents the largest Republican House majority since the Depression. However, while this may appear big trouble for Obama, the composition of the new Republicans will in fact be more centrist (i.e. less ‘Tea Party’).

South Korea: Why we’re wary of Australia’s fourth-largest trading partner

20 Nov 2014 By Samir Mehta, Senior Fund Manager, BT Wholesale Asian Share Fund – from BTIM Market Insights - Our below-benchmark exposure to South Korea is often questioned by clients. They ask – aren't there well-known companies, renowned brands or industry-leading businesses to invest in? Isn't that a very big risk we take deviating from the benchmark?

Busting key myths about bonds

19 Nov 2014 FIIG - by Angus Knight Famous investor Warren Buffett once commented that investors should never have more than 75% shares in their portfolio and never less than 25% bonds and they should also never own more than 75% bonds and never less than 25% shares. Australian SMSFs, however, do not hold even close to Buffet’s recommended level, with less than 1% in bonds. This is in stark contrast to investors in the US, UK and Europe who hold much higher allocations.

Hold off until December MYEFO

18 Nov 2014 BR Securities Australia - by David Bickford Big issues are mounting for Australia, I would wait until the Federal Government mid year Econonic and Fiscal Outlook in December before committing to buy more hybrids.

Macro data supports markets while investors ponder potential China Free Trade Agreement winners

17 Nov 2014 Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets US markets again defied local nervousness on Friday, holding steady at the end of a week in which the ASX 200 fell 1.7%. The firm US lead, broadly solid economic releases and some strength in commodity prices should see a steady open to the Australian market this morning.

Fed to hike earlier than expected

17 Nov 2014 Betashares - by David Bassanese With the United States Federal Reserve having officially ended its quantitative easing program, thoughts naturally turn to the outlook for US interest rates. When will the Fed start raising the funds rate from current near-zero levels, and what will this do to share prices?

Even a fall in the oil price is bad news for Eurozone

16 Nov 2014 By Roger Bootle – Telegraph - That oil prices fell to $US78 per barrel last week, the lowest since 2010, is highly significant. Moreover, there is a good chance that they will fall much further.

Australian Share Market - Close Up

11 Nov 2014 CMC Markets - The Australian share market is in a decision zone - and trading from here may set the direction for the rest of the year.

China’s solid export growth to help opening market tone

10 Nov 2014 Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Weekend news of better than expected growth in China’s exports last month should support a steady open to share market trading this morning.

Higher volatility is here to stay

10 Nov 2014 Philippe Argou, Mathieu L’Hoir and Ombretta Signori – AXA Investment Research - While the level of volatility between equities, fixed income and foreign exchange (FX) is historically quite uncorrelated, in more recent years, notably since the Lehman Brothers collapse, that has changed. What makes the last few years so peculiar is that equity, fixed income and FX volatilities are moving together, suggesting that a common set of factors are influencing them.
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