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Fear based volatility returns to equity markets

2 Sep 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by Ric Spooner Investor hopes that share market volatility had been put behind them have proven short lived. Market action itself has again become the dominant concern for investors. The kind of concern implied by last night’s three per cent drop in US stock markets is itself enough to make investors nervous and is a more likely candidate as catalyst of the last days for selling over the last 24 hours than China’s PMI reads.

Data Drives Fears

1 Sep 2015 By Michael McCarthy (Chief Market Strategist, CMC Markets) by Michael McCarthy Nervous investors are selling down shares as markets anticipate the release of globally sensitive manufacturing data from China. Moderate losses in overnight trading in the US are turning to substantial selling in after-hours trading as futures markets treble the drop during the US session. Naturally, this is weighing on the opening in Asia Pacific markets today.

Don't discount a takeover for Woolworths

1 Sep 2015 Intelligent Investor by Intelligent Investor Woolworths’ recent run of bad news is only going to worsen. Could the company be snatched away before you get the opportunity to buy?

Fischer’s weekend comments set a soft tone

31 Aug 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by Ric Spooner Early indications are that reaction to the weekend comments of Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer will provide a nervous start to trading this morning. Mr. Fischer expressed his belief that inflation will move higher as the current forces holding it down dissipate.

How to kick your addiction to financial porn

31 Aug 2015 Intelligent Investor by Intelligent Investor Financial porn can do real damage to your portfolio. Here's how to protect yourself.

Buyers scramble to take advantage of value opportunity

28 Aug 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by Ric Spooner After another strong market open, investors are starting to wonder what the recent sell-off was all about. Another day of strong buying looks likely as investors scramble to take advantage of what looks like a value opportunity before it closes down.

Bulls Run

27 Aug 2015 By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) by Michael McCarthy Shares markets in the Asia Pacific region are set for further gains today after a strong night of trading in the US fuelled by better than expected economic data. Volatility remains elevated, and a sudden shift in sentiment is possible.

Market turmoil - an investor’s friend or foe?

27 Aug 2015 InvestSense by Jonathan Ramsay Most people don’t like seeing the value of their investments depreciate, which seems sensible enough, but what most people fail to consider is that market declines can be a positive outcome for value investors. By investing the same amount, you automatically buy more assets when prices are low, and fewer when they are high. Meaning that when the market is down your average entry price is lower.

Weak US markets wrong foot local markets

26 Aug 2015 By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) by Ric Spooner Against a background of ongoing volatility and large market swings, investors are unsettled by the fact that US markets gave up early large gains to finish down last night. The Australian market, which staged a strong rally has potentially been wrong footed by this move, at least to begin with.

Routed

25 Aug 2015 By Michael McCarthy (Chief Market Strategist, CMC Markets) by Michael McCarthy Australian investors are in for another torrid day of selling after share prices were slaughtered in overnight trading. European markets dropped around 5%, and US markets outstripped even those drops at their opening, before rallying back to 3-4% falls.

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