For years, there’s been no more reliable investment class in Australia than residential property in our major cities. But increasingly, it looks like 2017 could be the year that changes.
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Markets have decided that, due to recent weak retail sales data, the Reserve Bank will only increase interest rates if inflation comes in stronger than expected. Ironically though, the things that could push inflation higher are in part the reason behind the weak retail sales.
For our heavily weighted mining and banking based stock market, there’s been no real tailwinds to really drive the general index along. Thankfully this could be set to change…
The mistake that most amateur investors make is believing that the market should do this or that. And then when it doesn’t, they scramble to protect their point of view, rather than their capital.
That’s why the market has put in a strong rally recently. It sees a decent economy and a central bank on hold. It’s the classic goldilocks combination that the market loves. Which is why I think you’ll be seeing new highs in 2018.
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When capital flows into small stocks in such a convincing way, it tells you that something is going on. You shouldn’t ignore it. The next challenge for the ASX 200 is to breach 6,000 points.
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A return to the mining boom could put upward pressure on interest rates. And that would threaten housing, especially in the highly leveraged east coast cities. So the success of one of Australia’s key pillars may be a threat to the other.