Is Bitcoin a rational investment?

Tim Kelley
Tim Kelley Montgomery Investment Management

Bitcoin has enjoyed an extraordinary surge in both value and public attention recently. The chart below maps the rise in the price of a Bitcoin in USD over the last few years, and a similar chart could probably be plotted for the number of column inches, the number of internet... Show More

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Australian Dollar: Is now the time to hedge?

David Sokulsky
David Sokulsky Crestone Wealth Management

We believe that global diversification should be at the core of each investor’s strategy. A globally diversified portfolio is likely to be better positioned to weather large movements in markets, and provide a more stable set of returns over time. However, one of the implications of a globally diversified portfolio... Show More

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Sunset Strip > Trading Day Wrap From Blue Ocean 20170706

Mathan Somasundaram
Mathan Somasundaram Blue Ocean Equities

Local market was aimless and flip flopped with US futures all day to finish mainly flat. Currency, Commodity and global sentiment remains weak. The historical trend suggests were likely to remain in this up and down trading days till the last week of July. The best performing sectors were IT,... Show More

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Hypno Crypto – the strange world of cryptocurrencies

Marcus Tuck
Marcus Tuck Mason Stevens

The recent correction in the technology sector has been particularly volatile for the so called cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies are a US$112 billion market that can turn over US$5 billion a day. Show More

PIMCO: 5 key policy pivots to test markets

Livewire News
Livewire News Livewire

The global economy is now more than seven years into a durable but modest expansion. But what will happen when the cyclical tailwind that began last summer fades? And how will key policies in the world’s major economies pivot in response to both rising populist pressures and diminishing returns from... Show More

The great unwind comes... slowly

Clime Asset Management
Clime Asset Management Funds Management & Stock Research

When the US Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) Chair announced the much anticipated increase in the Federal Funds or cash rate on 15 March, she noted that the Fed intended to maintain the size of its balance sheet through this calender year. In other words the Fed would, for at least... Show More

Investors predict one way traffic for Aussie Dollar

Buy Hold Sell
Buy Hold Sell Livewire

Everyone forecast the death of the Aussie dollar in 2016, however, interest rate differentials and resurgent commodity prices pushed the local currency to a peak of 78 cents early in 2016. Of the 600+ Livewire members that responded to our 2017 Outlook Survey only 5% see the currency ending the... Show More

CBA Global Markets - What happens to the USD if Donald Trump wins?

CommSec Online Stockbroker

CBA Chief Currency Strategist & Head of International Economics, Richard Grace speaks with CommSec’s Tom Piotrowski about what could happen to the USD if Donald Trump won the US Presidential election. He expects a 10% lift in the USD will be driven by the capital inflows chasing higher asset price... Show More

What to expect from Phillip Lowe’s first meeting as RBA Governor

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman

There’s only a small number of women in top economic roles in Australia’s financial markets but that’s still a lot more than there was a decade ago and today, their views carry more than some serious weight. Financy interviewed four of these women on rates, growth and property ahead of... Show More

Tourism Data shows strength again

James Nicolaou
James Nicolaou Baillieu Holst Ltd

Australian inbound tourism data for July 2016 has just been released, and shows some positive trends, including: Total inbound for July 2016 at 716k (+14.1% pcp); 12 Months to July 2016 at 7.94m (+10.6% pcp v 10.0% at end June 2016); Leisure 12 months to July 2016 at 6.0m (+14.8%... Show More

What's next for the AUD, following the rate cut of the RBA this week?

Saxo Capital Markets Australia
Saxo Capital Markets Australia Multi-asset trading platform

Following the reduction of the cash rate in Australia to 1.5% this week, Saxo's Global macro strategist Kay Van-Petersen is now expecting the Aussie dollar to strengthen against the USD. Not because of the Aussie dollar's own strength; this is more of a relative game. Watch the following video to... Show More

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Emerging market assets seeing better support

Nikko Asset Management Australia

Emerging markets (EM) have been a primary beneficiary of the return of risk appetite. This might seem counter-intuitive given the negative impact on global growth, but the broader shift in central bank policy towards less tightening and more easing probably does offer more support to EM assets, offsetting the marginally... Show More

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EOFY Series: Currency outlook

CommSec Online Stockbroker

CBA Senior Currency Strategist Joseph Capurso speaks with CommSec Market Analyst Steven Daghlian about his outlook for the Aussie dollar and factors which will affect the price of our currency over the next financial year For CommSec’s Financial Year Wrap coverage, visit Show More

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How to trade the Aussie dollar this week: Saxo

Saxo Capital Markets Australia
Saxo Capital Markets Australia Multi-asset trading platform

The AUDUSD looked weak in the last couple of sessions, following the Brexit UK referendum, but it found the support again above the 0.73 cents handle. According to Saxo Capital Markets traders based in Sydney, the resistance levels remain at 0.7380, 0.74 and 0.7460 while the support levels are the... Show More

CBA Global Markets - Updated AUD/USD forecasts

CommSec Online Stockbroker

CBA Chief Currency Strategist and Head of International Economics, Richard Grace speaks with CommSec’s Juliana Roadley about revisions to his AUD/USD forecasts from 0.7800 to 0.7300 by Dec 2016 Show More

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Technicals - AUD/USD major support located at 0.7385

Angela Mangan
Angela Mangan QMG Pty Ltd

The AUD/USD originally generated a technical buy signal at 0.7228 on 22/2/16. Show More

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Equity Financial Engineer | Bank on a yield run after currency pullback

Mathan Somasundaram
Mathan Somasundaram Blue Ocean Equities

Banks: The substantial weight in the index and the high yield premium has made the bank sector to trade in line with the currency and the economy. Central banks globally continue to maintain an easing bias through currency war. US Fed decision next week will be the dominant factor in... Show More

The Australian dollar - up for now, but likely to resume its long term downswing

AMP Capital
AMP Capital Fund Manager

After hitting an almost seven year low of $US0.6827 in January the Australian dollar has rebounded by 12% or so hitting a high of $US0.7680. The rebound begs the question as to what is driving it and more fundamentally whether the 38% decline from its 2011 high against the US... Show More


AUDUSD appears to have found a support level at 0.75

Saxo Capital Markets Australia
Saxo Capital Markets Australia Multi-asset trading platform

After five consecutive days of positive gains, the US dollar index (DX) fell and the AUDUSD appears to have found the support level at 0.75 handle. Saxo’s Sydney-based traders expect the AUDUSD to trade below the resistance level 0.76 handle given the lack of economic data this week, until Friday’s... Show More

Week in Preview - Commodity currencies rise on expectations of fewer US rate rises

CommSec Online Stockbroker

Tom Piotrowski speaks with CommSec Advisory’s Nicky Kritikos about the recent rise in commodity currencies on the back of expectations the US Fed will only raise rates twice this year instead of the perviously expected four times Show More

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