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30 Sept 2016 (TheAge) – China’s rusty cars set to sustain rally for zinc, this year’s hottest metal

(30 September 2016, The Age, BusinessDay, p31, David Stringer) ‘China’s drivers will increasingly demand rust-proof cars. That’s good news for the price of zinc, theanti-corrosion fighter that’s already this year’s top performer among base metals. Annual passenger vehicle sales in China will rise to 24 million in 2020, from 19 million last year, McKinsey forecasts. But … Continue reading

30 Sept 2016 (TheAge) – Parts of South Australia may face prolonged power outage

(30 September 2016, The Age, BusinessDay, p30, Brian Robins) ‘It could take at least a week before power is fully restored to all parts of South Australia following the unprecedented state-wide power blackout on Wednesday which was brought on by a ‘one in 50-year’ weather event, electricity industry sources have warned.’ Read more at

30 Sept 2016 (TheAge) – Energy the big winner as Opec cuts; Woodside, Oil Search may not capitalise on OPEC deal

(30 September 2016, The Age, BusinessDay, p20, Jessica Sier) ‘Energy shares rocketed higher on Thursday, following the surprise decision by OPEC to cut production for the first time in eight years, though companies that rely on the spot price may benefit more than those locked into supply contracts.  Oil surged more than 6 per cent, boosting … Continue reading

30 Sept 2016 (AFR,NYTimes) – Deutsche Bank Is the Darling of the Short-Sellers

(30 September 2016, AFR, p36, By LANDON THOMAS Jr., New York Times) ‘In a market full of crowded trades, few have become as fashionable as the bet that Deutsche Bank’s stock price will keep on falling. Hedge funds, large and small, are shorting the stock. Long-term institutional investors are dumping their positions. And Wall Street’s … Continue reading

29 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Housing starts will be higher for longer says Deutsche Bank

(29 September 2016, AFR, p49, by Robert Harley) ‘The boom in housing construction will continue for at least the next two years, and longer than many expect, according to Deutsche Bank Market Research. In a major Australian Housing Update, analysts Emily Smith and Lee Power, forecast that Australian housing demand will remain at strong levels, based on … Continue reading

29 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Fund managers name Europe, banks, valuations the biggest risks to markets

(29 September 2016, AFR, p31, by Vanessa Desloires) ‘The policy decisions of central banks continue to capture the attention of the markets, but fund managers have plenty of other concerns to factor into their portfolio positioning.  From Italy’s banks on the brink of default to political risks in Europe, the extreme valuations in growth stocks and a rising US … Continue reading

29 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth apartment losses rise; Nearly 1 in 6 Brisbane flats selling at a loss: Corelogic

(29 September 2016, AFR, p9, by Su-Lin Tan) ‘The number of Brisbane apartments selling at a loss has accelerated in the past year, Corelogic’s June quarter Pain & Gain report says.  Some 15.6 per cent of Brisbane CBD unit sales are now loss-making compared to 12 per cent last year.  “And it’s not just a CBD problem, it is a … Continue reading

28 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Agents run out of stock at another red hot Sydney property auction – ‘It sold like there was gold under the house’

(28 September 2016, AFR, p7, by Su-Lin Tan) ‘Only scraps were left after another mid-week auction in Sydney cleared out on Monday night.  Buyers, particularly babyboomers and upsizers, continue to overwhelm agents with demand for property as nine out of 11 properties worth more than $14 million sold under the hammer at the Double Bay auction centre.  Over in the southwest, all ten … Continue reading

28 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Sydney has a ‘housing bubble’ risk but Vancouver tops the list: UBS report

(28 September 2016, AFR, p3, by Su-Lin Tan) ‘Sydney is at risk of a “housing bubble” but Vancouver and London are riskier markets as property prices overheat again just a few years after the last global correction, according to a report from UBS Wealth Management. The UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index report analysed residential property prices … Continue reading

28 Sept 2016 (AFR) – IMF warns of contagion risk of China’s debt load

(28 September 2016, AFR, p1, by Angus Grigg) ‘China must allow its economy to slow otherwise a “disorderly deleveraging” could trigger contagion in emerging markets and dent asset prices in advanced economies, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund. In assessing the potential impact on the world economy of a major shock in … Continue reading

28 Sept 2016 (TheAge,SMH) – What to do in a falling share market

[COMMENT: Of course, the information herein does not constitute “advice”. It is the opinion of the named author. And many other seasoned investors might also think the same way.] (28 September 2016, The Age, MONEY supplement, p4, Marcus Padley) ‘… With the US markets on the highest price-earnings ratio since 2009, the next illogical sentiment … Continue reading

28 Sept 2016 (TheAge) – WTO cuts 2016 world trade growth to 1.7 percent

(28 September 2016, The Age, BusinessDay, p32, Reuters) ‘The World Trade Organisation has cut its forecast for global trade growth this year by more than a third, reflecting a slowdown in China and falling levels of imports into the United States. The new figure of 1.7 per cent, down from the WTO’s previous estimate of … Continue reading

27 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Affordability drives record 22,000 Melbourne lot sales

(27 September 2016, AFR, p41, by Larry Schlesinger) ‘Melbourne’s house and land market  – the biggest in the country – powered to a record 22,000 lot sales in the past financial year, according to the Victorian Planning Authority. A “slight decrease” in the number of approved lots coming to market over the year coupled with rising … Continue reading

27 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Melbourne apartments have ‘come off a peak’: BRW richlister Ashley Williams

(27 September 2016, AFR, p34, by Larry Schlesinger) ‘BRW richlister Ashley Williams says Melbourne’s off-the plan apartment market has peaked with fewer investors participating amid heightened concerns about oversupply and higher taxes imposed on foreign buyers. Mr Williams, who runs developer Evolve alongside fellow rich lister Ron Walker, told the Australian Financial Review the market was “steady, but not super strong”. … Continue reading

27 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Credit Suisse tips the stocks to avoid when the market melts down – As the ‘bondcano’ continues towards eruption

(27 September 2016, AFR, p26, by Philip Baker) ‘Just like every other sharemarket on the planet the Australian equity market has been a winner from falling bond yields over the past eight years. But ever since the bond market has shown signs of blowing up over the past month or so there’s been plenty of … Continue reading

27 Sept 2016 (TheAge) – Housing market really is cooling, HSBC says

(27 September 2016, The Age, p10, Jessica Sier) ‘HSBC has weighed in on the house price debate, saying the measures the Reserve Bank of Australia used to determine that the property market is cooling are correct. Despite discrepancies between the four major indicators, the bank says the fact that housing loan approvals and credit growth have slowed point to an … Continue reading

26 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Brexit: a good example of why you are often better off ignoring economists

(26 September 2016, AFR, p22, by Allister Heath) ‘One of the greatest problems for business, investors and anybody seeking to understand the world is distinguishing real, relevant events from useless, misleading background noise. This is especially true in an age of costless digital publishing and social media. Anybody who manages to do this successfully more … Continue reading

26 Sept 2016 (AFR) – European banks must turn off the dividend spigot

(26 September 2016, AFR, p22, by Viral Acharya, Diane Pierret and Sascha Steffen) ‘European banks’ high litigation and restructuring costs have resulted in major losses on their books and abysmal stock-market performance. As the industry and European regulators now reflect on this dismal state of affairs and search for solutions, they should consider banks’ revenue … Continue reading

26 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Sydney property auctions still going ‘berserk’

(26 September 2016, AFR, p3, by Su-Lin Tan) ‘The Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority will need to “act soon” if strong auction clearance rates continue, SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher says.  The rise in volume of properties for sale – expected during this time of the year during the spring … Continue reading

24 Sept 2016 (AFR) – ASX surges in $39b relief rally

(24 September 2016, AFR, p27, by Jessica Sier) ‘Shares surged to their first weekly gain in six weeks, after the US Federal Reserve lowered its outlook for future interest rate hikes, dispelling investor worries that an end to the era of easy money is nigh.’ Read more at (might need AFR login access, or … Continue reading

24 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Hardware fail blamed – ASX identifies failings behind its worst systems outage since 2011

(24 September 2016, AFR, p17, by: Vesna Poljak, James Eyers, Jessica Sier) ‘The ASX has blamed an “unprecedented” hardware failure for its outage on Monday that forced the early close of trading, but hit back at any suggestion its handling of the meltdown prevented stockbrokers taking orders to rival Chi-X. A faulty disk in its data centre and a … Continue reading

24 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Central bankers reach for more ammunition; continue to sweet-talk markets

(24 September 2016, AFR, p15, by Karen Maley) ‘As the haze of battle settles, it is clear the world’s major central banks have once again stared the markets down.’ ‘Both the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan were able to dispel fears that gripped markets in the past few weeks that central banks … Continue reading

23 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Hot Copper is a vortex of information filled with Hot Air

(23 September 2016, AFR, p28, by Jonathan Shapiro) ‘In the endless quest for information, insight and most importantly validation there wouldn’t be many investors that haven’t been sucked into the vortex of online stock forums. And now, after it listed last week, shareholders in Hot Copper, one of Australia’s most popular stock forums, will be … Continue reading

23 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Richard Coppleson’s road map to make money this year

[COMMENT: Please note – this news article does NOT contain and advice, nor any recommendation to take any action. It is simply a report of someone’s opinions.] (23 September 2016, AFR, p31, by Philip Baker) ‘It’s game on. To make money from now until the end of the year investors should be ditching the yield play … Continue reading

23 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Bank of Japan’s other neat trick: Yield targeting regime averts global bond market sell-off

(23 September 2016, AFR, p17, by Vesna Poljak) ‘The Bank of Japan’s surprise decision to target the level of Japanese bond yields has another purpose beyond figuring into the central bank’s inflation ambitions. It means the BoJ has killed off any chance that an epic bond market sell-off begins in Tokyo – for now. Bond … Continue reading

23 Sept 2016 (AFR) – US Federal Reserve divided, Yellen finds new reason to hold rates

(23 September 2016, AFR, p15, by John Kehoe) ‘The decision to hold US interest rates steady was rejected by three of ten voting members on the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee, underlining how the central bank is growing increasingly divided about how soon to lift borrowing costs from crisis-level lows. Though Federal Open Market Committee … Continue reading

23 Sept 2016 (TheAge) – ASX unlikely to rally strongly into year end: strategists

(23 September 2016, The age, BusinessDay, p25, Vanessa Desloires) ‘The two September roadblocks that halted the smooth ride of the market have passed, but equity strategists warn investors should not expect the rally that took the market to year highs in July to resume unfettered.   The Bank of Japan and US Federal Reserve policy meetings this week … Continue reading

22 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Oversupply fears – ‘Unprecedented uncertainty’ as new home starts beat 2004 record

(22 September 2016, AFR, p30, by Michael Bleby) ‘A record year for Australia’s volume home builders raises concerns that the country’s largest-ever housing construction cycle has peaked. Australia’s largest volume builders made 69,161 starts in the year to June, just topping the previous record of 69,100 in 2004, the latest Housing 100 report produced by … Continue reading

22 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Why central banks are changing tack – Haruhiko Kuroda tries psychology rather than boosting brute monetary force

(22 September 2016, AFR, p26, by Karen Maley) ‘First Draghi. Now Kuroda. Central bankers’ retreat from aggressive monetary stimulus is now clearly under way. Less than fortnight after Mario Draghi, European Central Bank boss, dismayed investors by keeping monetary policy on hold, the Bank of Japan chief Haruhiko Kuroda decided not to plunge any deeper … Continue reading

22 Sept 2016 (AFR) – Bank of Japan yields to banks, insurers and tests out latest tool

(22 September 2016, AFR, p25, by Jonathan Shapiro) ‘The Bank of Japan has added a new central bank tool to its kit – bond yield curbs. While reaffirming its commitment to keeping policy rates negative, it has not abandoned what many believe is a failed and harmful experiment. But, crucially, it appears to have heard … Continue reading