Times Change

Times Change “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” – Eric Hoffer, American writer. That was the quote of the day in MarcusToday a little over a year ago.  I always enjoy the quote of the day.  Some…

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Retirement Today…by Harold

For those of you who are new members to the Marcus Today newsletter you might notice that on Fridays we carry articles by our resident retiree Harold. Harold is a friend of mine from the Black Rock Sailing Club, he is a very competitive, experienced and capable sailor sailing Sabres. This was me trying to…

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don t short the blue wave

Don’t be short

DEMOCRATIC SWEEP A bit ho-hum today but a major market theme is developing. The Blue Wave chatter has morphed into a new phrase in the newswires – “Democratic Sweep”. This is an image from a US article titled “Wall Street prepares for the blue wave Democratic sweep“. The Bull market is getting ready to emerge.…

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Growing Old

Seeing ourselves as others see us. As we age we have to deal with changes which are not just financial.  I first realized this whilst I was still working full time.  After a project meeting I caught a tram along St Kilda Road to travel back to the city.  The tram was full as usual. …

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Role Reversal

Role Reversal One of the best things about our retirement has been the time we spent with our two granddaughters.  It would have been good to spend similar time with our two grandsons but they lived in Perth so it wasn’t just a short drive up the road.  It all began when the eldest granddaughter,…

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The Problem with ETFs

An important bit of ETF education. Here is an extract from an article by James Kirby in The Australian about the risks of some exchange traded funds. The article highlights one of the major risks of ETFs: “A coalition of the world’s biggest fund managers is pressing for consumer protection reforms in the booming Exchange…

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ASX200 end of September

ASX 200 Ends the Month in Uninspiring Fashion

WEDNESDAY MID WEEK CATCH UP, 30th September 2020 The ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) has ended the month in uninspiring fashion as it oscillated between small gains and losses on Monday to close down 13 points. The banks slid back on some profit-taking after big moves last week on news lending restrictions would be eased.    Tuesday saw a similar pattern evolve; the market closed flat after early optimism evaporated. Another quiet day of indecision…  Wednesday saw the market down 64…

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