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The ‘Internet of Things’ – the next mega-trend

30 Sep 2014 Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research - Just when you thought you had a reasonable handle on the internet, in terms of how it can make your life easier, and how it can help you grow wealth, a new internet wave is coming our way – big time. It’s called the ‘Internet of Things’, and it’s got the potential to connect 28 billion ‘things’ to the internet by 2020, ranging from bracelets to cars.

Downside risks to consumer spending

30 Sep 2014 Betashares - by David Bassanese Consumer spending accounts for 53 per cent of the economy (real GDP), so the degree to which households decide to spend or save is critical to the economic outlook. A major positive for spending of late is rising household wealth, but we should not overestimate its impact, as weak income growth poses a major offsetting downside risk to consumer spending.

Hybrids of the major banks to be downgraded

29 Sep 2014 FIIG - by Angus Knight ‘New style’ hybrids really are a hot topic at the moment, and not for the right reasons. You do not have to be a keen market observer to have noticed all the press lately surrounding hybrids, in particular the ‘new style’ contingent convertible Basel III compliant securities (aka ‘Cocos’).

Bond value & market timing

24 Sep 2014 FIIG - by Angus Knight Today I want to discuss a topical question that I seem to be coming across continually from people interested in bonds, but due to this question, they are a apprehensive about investing in bonds. That question is: “Aren’t bonds expensive right now, and is now even the right time to buy bonds if rates are likely to go up?”

Is this a record economic expansion?

22 Sep 2014 Matt Sherwood Head of Investment Market Research, Perpetual - Investors have been asking how long the current economic global recovery cycle can last. The fact is, business cycles do not just die off from natural causes, events need to end them.

Equities bell a long way from being rung

19 Sep 2014 BTIM - by Stuart Eliot In the short run it’s inevitable that equity markets will fall from time to time but, in our opinion, it’s not possible to reliably forecast these falls ahead of time.

ETFs and iPads: Same but different

19 Sep 2014 marketvectors-australia - by Arian Neiron Today's iPhone 6 launch joins a long list of Apple product launches resulting in long lines. Apple’s 2010 debut of the iPad revolutionised tablets, making them fashionable. Tablets are not a new technology as they have been available since 1989. Likewise ETFs have been around for over 20 years.

House prices - be alert not alarmed

19 Sep 2014 Betashares - by David Bassanese Much has been made this week of the claim by the Bank for International Settlements that local house prices may be seriously overvalued. This is based on the view that the current house price-to-income ratio and house price-to-rent ratios are around 40% and 50% respectively above their “long-run average”. These estimates also seem relatively high by global standards.

The Fed, US rates & what it means for investors

18 Sep 2014 AMP Capital - by Shane Oliver The impending end of the US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) program and when it will start to raise interest rates are looming large for investors. Very easy global monetary conditions, led by the Fed, have been a constant for the last six years helping the global recovery since the GFC.

Macquarie Bank Capital Notes (MBLPA) - we prefer the MBLHB

18 Sep 2014 BR Securities Australia - by David Bickford The issuance of Basel 3 compliant Alternative Tier 1 notes, also called hybrids or equity-like securities, continues with the announcement of the Macquarie Bank Capital Notes, expected to trade on the ASX under the code MBLPA.
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