SIRA Views

September 12, 2011  /  8:47 PM
Investment Policy

Our investment process has been designed to add value in most market conditions. It combines the “value” approach and the “growth” approach into a single indicator score, which allows us to choose the best stocks which combine good forecast earnings growth yet also remain reasonably valued. Over longer periods, the share market will focus on one or other component of these two techniques for stock selection, so that sometimes the “value” selection process works well and at other times

August 4, 2011  /  8:52 PM
Blood on the Streets

When I was a rookie investment analyst, more decades ago than I care to acknowledge, the dealer at whose desk I was situated for training taught me about “blood on the streets”. What he meant by this rather gruesome phrase is that when share markets slump precipitously, as European and US markets did overnight, falling by around 4%, this can be a sign that we are close to the lows.

May 19, 2011  /  7:16 AM

Since October 2009 our market has trended sideways. There have been some corrections and some rallies but in the end we are more or less exactly at the same level on the All Ords index now as we were at the end of September 2009. They say that bull markets climb a wall of worry. Well, this bull market isn’t climbing anything!

May 12, 2011  /  8:43 PM
Budget Update: May 2011

ideasThe Budget handed down by the Treasurer Wayne Swan on Tuesday night didn’t really offer much in the way of financial services in either a positive or negative manner.

Having scoured many offerings available outlining the details of this year’s Budget and searching for content that might affect our clients, this SIRA Views will be a brief report and we trust you will find some benefit in the following outline of the key issues relating financial services.

March 24, 2011  /  7:16 AM
Correct or Bear Market?

The recent decline in the share market is a correction rather than the beginning of a new bear market! Why do we believe this?

December 15, 2010  /  7:18 AM
2010 to 2011; A New Year Ahead

In 1933, the US Federal Reserve Bank began massive ‘open market operations’. It bought $2 billion of government bonds, and flooded the system with liquidity. $2 billion in 1933 was a massive amount. It’s about $35 billion in today’s money, but of course, the ‘real’ (inflation-adjusted) economy was much smaller then.

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