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Investors are over-exposed to banks

Despite a backdrop of socioeconomic uncertainty and increased financial market volatility, growth in the personal savings of Australians remains strong. As of June 30 last year, total personal investments stood at $2.3 trillion, representing an even larger pool of savings…

Private Eye: Evan Hughes

Years ago when I was an art dealer, my father Ray’s gallery was the venue for a raucous financial services Christmas bash held jointly by Shed Enterprises, a related party to the publisher of this newsletter and Principle Advisory Services.…

Life insurance health check

Investors have learned some important lessons about the life insurance market over the past year, as successive reviews of the industry have revealed poor claims handling, flaws in product design and high costs. The most important takeaway is to review…

Banks’ mortgage bonanza under threat

Mortgage re-pricing and robust mortgage volume growth have supported banks’ earnings in recent years but that may be coming to an end. Macquarie Securities estimates that banks’ ability to continue to re-price mortgage is diminishing and, increasingly, banks need to…

Qantas a strong buy

Qantas stock has traded strongly on the Australian Securities Exchange over the past few months, with the airline company’s share price climbing 31 per cent from a low of $3.01 in November last year to its current level around $3.94.…

Rumble in the Jungle

Online retailer Amazon has confirmed that it will set up operations in Australia. The company says it is looking for a warehouse (what the company calls a fulfilment centre), which may be the first of many. It is also looking…

Upward movement in the TD market

The term deposit market showed some signs of upward rate movement in March with several small financial institutions increasing their term deposit rates. According to the latest Mozo Banking Roundup, there were more term deposit rate increases in March than…