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Links 13 July 2015

July 13, 2015 - 00:01 -- Admin

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Why Investing Is So Complicated, and How to Make It Simpler – New York Times Service labour market: The engine of growth and inequality – VOX Global Solar Power Capacity About To Hit 200 GW – cleantechnica.com Greek, Chinese and Puerto Rican Crises All Fall Short of Going Global

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Weekend Links 11-12 July, 2015

July 11, 2015 - 00:30 -- Admin

China Global growth threat posed by China’s structural economic shift – SCMP China stabilized its markets by forcing companies and their employees to buy shares – Quartz Trade halts add to China’s Potemkin market problem – Reuters China’s market fix starts to bear fruit – Finance Asia Blinking in the face of raw capitalism –

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ASX at the close

July 10, 2015 - 16:04 -- Admin

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia looks set to close out the week on a fairly bullish tone, with the Chinese markets following on from yesterday’s strong upside move. In fact, the Shanghai Composite is seeing the best two-day gain since 2008, although the key difference between now and 2008 is that

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Rental pain intensifies for landlord army

July 10, 2015 - 15:36 -- Admin

From RP Data: According to analysis from CoreLogic RP Data, rental rates across the combined capital cities fell by -0.2% in June 2015 and the annual rate of growth continues to slow reaching new record lows. Across the combined capital cities, rental rates are recorded at $487 per week and they have fallen by -0.2%

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WA Treasury advertises for forecaster

July 10, 2015 - 15:11 -- Admin

Recently WA Treasurer Mike Nahan said: “I used to do this for a living, predict commodity prices and I’ve listened to a lot of experts saying you should have, you could have predicted this fall,” he said. “I looked at every forecast when the budget came down last year and we were smack bang in

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Miners melt up with gun to heads

July 10, 2015 - 13:42 -- Admin

Big iron is riding the tiger’s tail today. With a gun to Shanghai investors heads they’re buying hand over fist up 6% now and BHP, as well as RIO and FMG are up 3% in sympathy: Shanghai may or may not be a bear market rally given the prospect of being shot for selling but

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Service exports are not larger than dirt

July 10, 2015 - 13:35 -- Admin

From the AFR: Someday, resources will not be Australia’s biggest export. That day may come sooner than you think. In fact, amid extreme volatility in the price of iron ore,  it might already be upon us. Exports of services were almost equal to exports of metals, ores and minerals in May, according to the latest monthly data from the Australian

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“Revive the A shares, benefit the people”

July 10, 2015 - 13:19 -- Admin

From the FT: On Sunday, the new graduates of Tsinghua University are set to gather in their smartest attire to celebrate degrees from one of China’s most prestigious institutions, a place that has fostered generations of political leaders. Just after the ceremony starts — according to a written agenda — the graduates must “follow the

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Housing finance tanks pointing to price weakness

July 10, 2015 - 12:38 -- Admin

By Leith van Onselen Today’s housing finance data for May, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), revealed sharp falls in both owner-occupied and investor finance commitments. According to the ABS, owner-occupier finance commitments (excluding refinancings) tanked by a seasonally adjusted 8.2% over the month and were down by 10.0% over the year (see

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Bishop: We’re “taking action” on China crash

July 10, 2015 - 11:59 -- Admin

From The Australian there’s no denial here: The Abbott government is taking “preventative action” in anticipation of a “downturn” across vulnerable sectors of the economy caused by tumbling Chinese stocks and plummeting iron ore prices, Julie Bishop says. …“My colleague Andrew Robb is pursuing free trade agreements — not just with China and Japan and South

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