Last week we were surprised to see a 25 basis point rate cut by Australia – whose inflation and unemployment levels are in a healthy range – so to now see that even China has cut interest rates, well, that’s telling you something significant about the weakness and risks facing global growth.
First Rate Cut Since [...]
If you’re a Canadian investor or you follow the commodities market, you’ve heard of BHP Billiton’s hostile takeover proposal for Saskatchewan’s Potash Corporation of Canada (TSX: POT) last week.
BHP Billiton proposed a buyout of Potash at a price of just $130/share. A price significantly lower than the June 2008 highs above $200/share that we saw [...]
The biggest Australian banks are wholly-owned Australian companies and all pay dividends. Known as the “Big Four” – (compare that with Canada’s “Big Five” or as some say, “Big Six“) – these Australian banks by no means represent all of the Australian banking sector, but they are the ones with the largest presence.
See the list [...]
Australia just became the first major central bank to raise its interest rate (today, October 6, 2009) since the beginning of the financial crisis of 2008-2009. From 3.00%, it raised rates 25 basis points to 3.25%. So what? What does this mean, you might be asking?
Below I’ll take a look at some of the effects [...]
Colonial First State is the latest wealth management company to freeze funds down under: previously Perpetual, AXA, and Australian Unity did last week. Read the coverage here.
Could this happen in the US and/or Canada? You bet. Why not? Getting pretty scary. Nothing like someone preventing you from taking your money before it falls to zero.