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Stanford Brown – TW3 – Poker Face

Posted on November 17 2017

Australia’s Goldilocks Economy Earlier this week, the October employment and wages report was released by the ABS. They showed Australia’s remarkable run of job creation continued for a 14th month – the longest and strongest stretch for 25 years. The unemployment rate dropped slightly to 5.4% (from 5.5%), now just 0.4% above the RBA’s definition… Continue Reading

Stanford Brown – Eudaimonia – November

Posted on November 10 2017

SB30 – Thank You! On 20th October 1987 (also known as Black Tuesday), the Australian stock market fell a staggering 25% in 25 minutes. It was also the day Stanford Brown officially opened for business. Today, we have been entrusted to design engaging Financial Health & Wellness Programs for over 60 employers. We also practice… Continue Reading

Stanford Brown TW3 – The Volatility Paradox

Posted on November 10 2017

Who Is Jerome Powell? Well, as the new boss of the Federal Reserve Board, he is arguably the most powerful man on Earth. This is Donald Trump’s single most important decision of his presidency. Economist Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University describes it as a ‘sane and sober choice that heralds continuity in Fed interest rate… Continue Reading

Tips & Tricks to Secure a Home Loan

Posted on November 8 2017

Our in-house mortgage broker, John Ruddick has devised a cheat sheet to assist you in applying for a home loan   1. Get your finance approved before falling in love with a property Securing finance to buy a property is increasingly complex.  An appropriate lender needs to be chosen and then the loan structure needs… Continue Reading

Stanford Brown TW3 – Playing the Trump Card

Posted on November 3 2017

A Trump Year For Investors Wednesday will mark a year since Donald Trump became the president of the United States, and a year of phenomenal returns for investors who ignored the temptation to sell their investments in a panic and buy “safehaven” assets. As Ashley Owen details in this month’s Top 5, markets throughout the… Continue Reading

Stanford Brown TW3 – It’s Time To Raise Rates

Posted on October 27 2017

Black Tuesday Last Tuesday 30 years ago (Oct 20th 1987), the Australian stock market fell a staggering 25% in 25 minutes. It is now known as Black Tuesday. It was also the day Stanford Brown opened for business. Yes, really. Many look back on the following day – White Wednesday – and wonder whether they… Continue Reading

Stanford Brown TW3 – The Bull Market In Everything

Posted on October 13 2017

The Bull Market in Everything Asset prices are high everywhere. And with all the world’s major central banks clearly communicating to investors not to expect any further stimulus, is it time to tread carefully? With QE (central bank bond purchases to lower rates) transitioning into QT (selling these same bonds back to the market –… Continue Reading

Stanford Brown TW3 – Are Shares a Safe Haven?

Posted on October 6 2017

Safe Havens – Bonds or Shares? Recently, we have been receiving an increasing number of enquiries asking whether investors should get out of the share market (because shares are seen as ‘scary’ and ‘risky’) and put their money into ‘safe havens’ – in particular gold, bank deposits or government bonds. If you read the media… Continue Reading

Stanford Brown – Eudaimonia – October

Posted on October 3 2017

Perk Wars Companies, especially tech companies, are engaged in an escalating perks arms race, introducing ever more innovative benefits to attract and retain employees. Most of these are a waste of money. According to Namely, a HR platform, it is crucial to offer perks that resonate. They include such delights as onsite acupuncture, music rooms… Continue Reading

A Style Guide for Writing at SB

Posted on September 26 2017

‘All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy.’ George Orwell The first and most important requirement of writing at SB is that it should be easily understandable. Clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought. We are deeply indebted both to England’s finest writer, George Orwell, for the guidance he provided in Politics & the English Language, (1946),… Continue Reading

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