Thursday, 22 October 2009

Double-dip recession unlikely: ECB's Weber

A member of the governing council of the European Central Bank said that it is unlikely that the Euro zone will fall back into recession soon after exiting it. He added that there are elements pointing that the double-dip recession is not likely to happen in other major economies, either.
So it seems not only the economy is out of the woods for now but there is no immediate danger of falling back into recession in the short to medium term.

Double-dip recession unlikely: ECB's Weber - News - Business Spectator

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

OneDirect High Interest Saver Discontinued

OneDirect has discontinued their High Interest Saver account. Any remaining funds in the account will be transferred to the linked transactional account.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Lost Hopes

It is interesting to look back... In 2008, and a bit earlier, it was very popular to read and/or write a blog on finance. It was the time of boom, money was plentiful, and whatever you did, it only seemed possible to make money. Gearing additionally boosted already astronomical gains. Not too many were even remotely aware of what was at risk.
During that time I read a few interesting blogs, checking advice and reviews of different options. Fortunately, I never invested into things I did not understand or that sounded too much like sales pitch and no substance. And I was never a fan of astronomical gains as something always was fishy about those.
Now, looking back at one of those blogs... The person who writes it became a millionaire in 2007 or 2008. Investing, gearing, property, etc. It was all fabulous. One would expect to take advice from such a person as they had "done it". Their success was there to prove whatever they did was right. With a grain of salt, of course.
Today, one of those blogs contains the following sub-title:
I lost half a million dollars on the stock market in just twelve months! Learn how you, too can become an ex-millionaire with almost no effort!
Enough said, I think.
On the positive side - this is the typical market index loss for 2008. Staying invested will likely help. Only the ones who moved out of the market, and failed to enter back soon after February 2009, have actually lost their wealth. Most of it was inflated before 2008, anyway. Good luck and be careful what you trust.

Weak Recovery for Balkans only in 2010

According to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Balkan economies will further shrink in 2009, albeit at a slower pace. A weak recovery is expected only in 2010. However, the full consequences of the crisis are to be felt only next year as corporate bankruptcies continue and lending conditions continue to be constrained as foreign banks continue to shrink their asset exposure in the region.

Balkan Economies: Fragile Recovery in 2010 ::

Monday, 12 October 2009

World Economic Forum's 2009 Financial Development Report

From RGE newsletter... Australia is 2nd on the world's Financial Development Index.

World Economic Forum's 2009 Financial Development Report: UK Comes First

On October 8, 2009, the World Economic Forum launched its second Financial Development Index, a rigorous, comprehensive analysis of financial systems and capital markets in 55 countries that analyzes key drivers of financial system development and economic growth in developing and developed countries. The research was led by Dr. Nouriel Roubini. Global financial centers continue to top the index, yet financial instability affected them adversely pulling down their scores relative to the 2008 report. The UK, aided by the relative strength of its banking and non-banking financial activities, claimed the index’s top spot from the U.S., which fell to the third position following Australia on account of lower financial stability scores and a weakened banking sector.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

U instead of W?

Nouriel Roubini has adjusted his conclusions. Instead of W-shaped recovery, this (now) should be an U-shaped one. The news keep surprising for the better. That's why it's called a recovery, after all.
In Thoughts on Where We Are,
Nouriel clarifies the growth scenarios that make the U-shaped recovery
more likely and discusses why it is unlikely that the Fed will raise
rates any time soon.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

RBA Lifts Rate to 3.25%

As some analysts expected and predicted, Reserve Bank of Australia lifted the official cash rate from 3% to 3.25%. As hinted earlier, 3% was an emergency rate and it was about time for it to change.
RBA lifts cash rate to 3.25% - News - Business Spectator