Letters: Share trading platforms and little green men

Readers ask about an article from several years ago, and discuss Australia's energy landscape.

Share trading paradigm

I read an article in the 'most popular' section a few years ago about a new share trading paradigm. The author was talking about predicting share high points and when to pull in and out of the market. He was saying the old adage of buy and hold wouldn't stand up in the modern environment, and investors would need to be more active in the market. I think 'risk on, risk off' was also discussed. I know this a bit vague, but does it ring a bell with anyone?

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Editor's response: While we can't be certain which article you refer to, some of these points appear similar to Percy Allan's 'Market Timing', and Allan has written a range of articles for Eureka Report in recent years.

Kohler’s week

Alan Kohler's weekend briefing this week was so comprehensive I am lost for words. No profundity, no esoteric insight, in fact you have ruined my week by covering everything that was important.

Remember War of the Worlds, when the little green men were taking over the earth? Well the greens are still trying, insisting that the new financial paradigm, mandated by the Federal Reserve will work and that we mere mortals have no use for energy.

Well! I’ve got news for them: Professor Rob Clark is one of 36 Australians to be awarded the Order of Australia. He is a physicist, has lectured at Oxford University, has worked for defence and has done great research in quantum computing (10 million times more powerful than ordinary computers).

The real insight to this is that last year, he was appointed to the newly-created chair of energy strategy and policy at the University of New South Wales, where he is evaluating the potential of shale gas to minimise Australia's carbon footprint.

Let’s just hope this forces the Greens to all go back to Greenland.


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