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Remember, the US Fed’s windback is not irreversible

With the first step in the Fed’s tightening process likely by the end of the week, markets can take comfort in the fact that policy will revert at the first sign of any shock.

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Hockey loses his mo-joe, shoots his mouth off

Joe Hockey’s tendency to run off at the mouth needs to be curbed before he becomes treasurer — if he does. He’s had a bad week, and needs to get his mojo back, according to Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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iSelect floats — just — as founders compare the cash

Melbourne-based iSelect did not have a good first day on the Australian sharemarket — is the company viable in the long term?

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Which ASX companies offer the biggest opportunities to women?

A number of Australian businesses are now reporting — and improving — the representation of women on boards and across their workforces. But there’s still plenty of work to be done.

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Lobbyist bluster can’t hide struggling property market

The performance of property has confounded most optimists who have long claimed that property prices would be cushioned by interest rate drops.

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The stockmarket parasites that can’t be slowed down

High-frequency share trading is big business. The question is whether it’s fair to the rest of us; whether parasites with their suckers fastened directly into the heart of the ASX should be allowed to do it.

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Bartholomeusz: local currency lens distorts market view

It was curious that the Australian sharemarket fell yesterday in line with what happened on the US markets — curious because the market had become disconnected over the past nine months, and the poor economic news that drove markets down was US-centric.

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Want to invest? Beware the Today Tonight Effect indicator

While indicators such as relative strength or dividend yield or Elliott Waves are sometimes used to forecast where the sharemarket may be heading, there are other, perhaps less-conventional means of gauging whether equities are over or under-priced.

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Gottliebsen: fear and loathing in falling global markets

Last night you could see fear in almost every corner of the world, writes Business Spectator’s Robert Gottliebsen. And it could get worse before it gets better.

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Joye: Are Australian share prices inflated?

You know how nearly all Australian superannuation money is invested in the share market? Well, no one is mentioning that the RBA thinks the share market is overvalued. Be cautious, warns Christopher Joye.

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Kohler: Tricom stretches nerves to the limit

Several important issues arise from Tuesday’s dramatic failure by Tricom to settle its January 22 trades until 24 hours after it was supposed to. Alan Kohler writes.

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MFS and City Pacific propose shot-gun wedding

It is getting expensive, but I’m chasing this market lower, spending $35,000 stacking another 58 stocks into the portfolio so far this year, including eight more this morning.

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Centro and the subprime meltdown: What the papers say

On the Centro crash … On the Australian sharemarket … The Fed vs the subprime meltdown …

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ABARE outlooks fuels commodities illusion

For the sake of the currently highly charged Australian stock market, BHP Billiton had better reveal a big upgrade in its mineral resources in its annual report tomorrow. If it doesn’t, there’s not much to support the market except an illusion built on higher commodity prices, which in turn are being driven by the weakening US dollar.

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Henry Thornton: Meltdown and the RBA’s canny game

The Reserve bank guv’nor will have his chance to say more about the economy and monetary policy when he fronts the relevant parliamentary committee today.

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