We begin this week with the latest update in the throwing of the kitchen sink story which we first elaborated upon, what seems like years ago, in March. Back then we posited that the Federal Reserve would become the lender of last resort for the corporate sector and dispense with all sense of normality. And so here we are, the Federal Reserve has, as of last night (15 June), made a commitment to buy corporate bonds on an individual basis (as opposed to the high-yield ETF that was bought through a special purpose vehicle). This latest action should make for some interesting watching when Powell goes up in front of Congress on June 16th and 17th where he will surely be asked the question of whether the Fed is in the process of nationalising corporate debt. At this point, we ask the question: is it such a stretch to imagine that once you can put credit risk on the balance sheet of a central bank it's not too far to equities risk, is it?
This week we would like to discuss a topic that is probably one of the most contentious and hotly debated in the investing world at the moment. This is the future of retail, specifically the commercial viability of the traditional retail sector in the face of increased competition both as a result of online (i.e. the Amazon effect) and low cost providers such as Aldi.
This week we look at an increasingly pressing theme that is shaping out to be the most decisive for our collective futures. This is a thematic that will not only affect the way we invest but also the lives we live. Arguably one of the most important facets of investing is to try and take a step back from time to time from the tactical to the more strategic and big picture. Here we refer to the broader macroeconomic and sociological forces that underpin everything we do and, let's face it, the companies we invest in.
Prices, bad policy, Amazon, socially responsible investing and Thomas Hobbes – how on earth are they connected and why should I care?
Robert Swift presents his views on myths about deflation, Amazon and Socially Responsible Investing, and some folks that died a few hundred years ago.
Australia has a love affair with property, however you can’t go a week without seeing a newspaper headline proclaiming the next property crash. The low level of global and local interest rates over the last 9 years has caused property prices to go up significantly due to low financing rates and investors searching for an investment vehicle to provide them with a better yield then they are able to receive from the banks. The apparent benefits of property are good long term return potential.
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