Peter Gardner

Interest rates around the world, including Australia, have been falling recently. Where conventional wisdom one year ago was for rising rates, now expectations have factored in domestic rate cuts and falling yields over the next 3 years. Aussie 10-year government bonds are at all-time lows standing at 1.75%. This change... Show More

Alex Cowie

At the start of the year, we announced the ten most tipped stocks from our Livewire reader survey. Three months into the year, this diverse basket is already up by 25.6% on average (or 26.9% with dividends), versus 8.6% for the ASX200. We saw some impressive results from the most... Show More

James Gerrish

A choppy session for Aussie stocks today with the market hit by selling early and it never really managed to get off the mat US Futures were trading down for most of the session – Asia was mixed however there was a fair bit of stock / sector news bubbling... Show More

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Tim Johnston

Fourth quarter 2018 saw the market essentially pricing in a recession via a strong risk-off sell down; economically sensitive (cyclical and financial) stocks were hit hard. In the case of financials, there were additional concerns due to negative sentiment associated with the Financial Services Royal Commission. Not surprising, expectations from... Show More

James Gerrish

Volatility at the stock level was alive and well today with some big swings in companies that reported results….Breville (ASX:BRG) a cracking set of numbers and the stock reacted accordingly while the woes at AMP continue. Nothing to like about the stock here and a classic example of the old... Show More

Alex Cowie

Equity indices everywhere were in the red last year, yet the three most tipped stocks from the 2018 Livewire reader survey, Afterpay Touch, CSL and BHP, all finished well in the black. They gained (excluding dividends) 107.7%, 31.0%, and 15.8% respectively, or 52% on average. While the order has changed,... Show More

Patrick Poke

Index fund pioneer and Vanguard founder, John Bogle, passes away at 89; JP Morgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, says US growth could be zero this quarter if shutdown continues; Nike announces rechargeable, self-lacing smart-shoes; and McDonald's loses 'Big Mac' trademark in Europe. Here's what's happening in markets today. Show More

Hugh Dive

Over the past six months, there have been numerous headlines around rising energy prices and their impact both on curbing global growth and in cutting domestic consumption as the costs of transporting people and goods around Australia were rising sharply. However, instead of climbing as expected, the oil price has... Show More

Simon Mawhinney

It seems CEO pay packets have reached almost unprecedented levels. According to a recent report from the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, all but six of the 80 CEOs of Australia’s 100 largest companies who were eligible in 2017 received a bonus. The report also called for greater transparency around... Show More

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Buy Hold Sell

After a stellar two-year run that saw the ASX 300 Metals & Mining Index more than double, it has slipped by 10% in 3 months as trade tensions and China data hit sentiment. So, is this the beginning of the end for the current cycle, or it is just another... Show More

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With a 38% increase, energy was the best performing sector on the ASX last financial year. In this short video, Stephane Andre, Principal at Alphinity Investment Management, outlines the fundamentals behind the strong oil price, and which two energy companies his fund continues to hold. Key points The oil market... Show More

Marcus Bogdan

Markets have for some time been buoyant on a combination of benign economic conditions, corporate earnings growth and the presumption that Central Banks remain supportive. However, investors should remain alert to the prospect of more hazardous conditions emerging this financial year, and here we outline three stocks that would be... Show More

Troy Angus

Some of the key issues we are considering as we look into the next financial year are as follows: Will global growth momentum be sustained? Can geopolitical tensions derail the economic expansion? What absolute level of long-term interest rate becomes an impediment to equity prices continuing to rise? Will oil... Show More

Livewire Exclusive

Miners and Banks are the two dominant sectors on the ASX. For the last few years, the miners have done the heavy lifting, and while they are a long way from former highs, there is no denying they've had a good run. Catherine Allfrey of Wavestone Capital says investors are... Show More

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