Safe as Houses?

“Australian house prices will fall 40%” said Steven Keen. So confident in his prediction – was the economist from Western Sydney –he agreed to a bet. The opponent? An interest rate strategist from Macquarie, named Rory Robertson. The stakes? An unaided walk from Parliament House to the summit of Mt Kosciusko. It was September 2008. Lehman Brothers had just failed…

Field of Cryptos

…Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ripple, Ethereum! Is this the world’s worst scrabble game, or has everything just changed? It’s been nearly six months since my last newsletter – a long time between drinks, as they say. Enough time to sit back, observe and enjoy the severe gyrations of a digital gold rush. Crypto-currency is the name of the game and everyone seems…

How to Succeed as a Retail Investor

What follows is the final edition of my four-part look at active vs. passive. In it, I offer a broad how-to guide for the average retail investor. Including some timeless wisdom from the investment greats. This is not financial advice, but an outline of some basic concepts and ideas that may ignite your own due diligence.  The Magic of Compounding “I…