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            Low inflation may mean higher rates | The Australian

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            Joe Dollard on Oct 28, 2009

            RBA governor Glenn Stevens is reluctant to say exactly what a normal (also called neutral) level may be, although his predecessor Ian Macfarlane once suggested a nominal cash rate of 5 per cent to 6 per cent.

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            City to top 7m people

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            Joe Dollard on Oct 22, 2009

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            ''How will Sydney cope with a 54 per cent increase in its population, Melbourne a 74 per cent increase, and Brisbane a 106 per cent increase?

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            Australia Raises Key Interest Rate - NYTimes.com

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            Joe Dollard on Oct 6, 2009

            Australia on Tuesday became the first major economy to raise interest rates in the wake of the global financial crisis, as policy makers around the globe debated how to withdraw their huge stimulus programs without upsetting a fragile economic recovery.

            The Reserve Bank of Australia, in a move that came earlier than many economists had expected and reflected the relative strength of the nation’s economy, raised its main cash rate by a quarter of a percentage point, to 3.25 percen

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            Australia Raises Key Interest Rate - NYTimes.com

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            Joe Dollard on Oct 6, 2009

            “The Reserve Bank paid a lot of attention to China in the statement today, focusing on prospects for Asian trading partners. It hasn’t mentioned Europe, Japan or the United States once,” Mr. James said. “With China expanding strongly, that’s good news for us down under, because our two economies will be very much linked over the coming decades because China relies on our resources.”

            Mr. James and Mr. Evans at Westpac said they expected the bank to raise its cash rate to a higher, but still stimulatory, rate of between 4 percent and 4.5 percent within the next 12 months before eventually returning to a more “neutral” level of between 5 percent and 5.5 percent — though Mr. James added: “It doesn’t need to get there in a super-fast hurry.”

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            Fed chairman Bernanke's talk spurs investors | The Australian

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            Joe Dollard on Sep 16, 2009

            INSTITUTIONAL investors have waded into the Australian equities market, buying bank and core resources stocks to push the major indices to the highest point in almost a year and maintain the 42 per cent rally since the March-lows.
            The upbeat assessment from US Federal Reserve Bank chairman Ben Bernanke in a speech in Washington that, from a technical standpoint, the US "recession is very likely over at this point", sparked fresh positive sentiment towards stocks around the world.

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            Home price report: Case-Shiller shows increase of 2.9% - Aug. 25, 2009

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            Joe Dollard on Aug 25, 2009

            After three years of declines, home prices increased 2.9% in the three months ended June 30, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller report. That is the first quarter-over-quarter improvement in three years.

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            iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Index Fund (IJR): Overview

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            Joe Dollard on Jul 5, 2009

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            SPDR S&P 500 ETF

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            Popular ETFs - ETF Center - Yahoo! Finance

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            Schaeffer's Media Outtake: A Big Bet on Inflation

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 22, 2009

            The new fund, expected to start trading in July, will place bets on options tied to assets expected to benefit from a big leap in prices, including commodities such as corn and crude oil, and options on shares of oil drillers and gold miners. It also will short Treasury bonds, likely to weaken in an inflationary economy

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            Product Snapshots

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 18, 2009

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            Heritage Building Society - Interest Rates

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 15, 2009

            have just increased their 5 year fixed rate from 6.29%

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            Auction rates buoy economy

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 14, 2009

            do they really think rates will stay down so low for long??

            BIS Shrapnel estimates that the median house price in Melbourne is now about $425,000, after a fall of 10 per cent last year and another 3 per cent in the March quarter.

            But it says the tide has turned, although prices will rise only gradually at first.

            With economic activity picking up while the Reserve Bank holds interest rates down, it predicts house prices will start climbing rapidly from the second half of 2010, rising 19 per cent by 2012, to a median price of $507,000.

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            Auction rates buoy economy

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 14, 2009

            Economic consultants BIS Shrapnel has forecast that the average Melbourne house is likely to cost more than $500,000 by 2012.

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            Corn Prices

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 9, 2009

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            Corn Prices

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 9, 2009

            Demand for ethanol may be destroyed by the development of a cheaper biofuel. One alternative recieving both attention and research dollars is cellulosic ethanol, made from plant-based materials like wood and grass. The close to one billion dollars of Obama’s stimulus bills spent on advanced biofuels research will make these alternatives more viable, but will also likely increase demand for ethanol as a whole

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            Corn Prices

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 9, 2009

            Corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the United States, accounting for more than 90 percent of total production. Around 80 million acres of land are planted with corn. The majority of the crop is used as livestock feed; the remainder is processed into a multitude of food and industrial products including starch, sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, and ethanol for use as a fuel.

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            Corn Prices Near Record High, But What About Food Costs?

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 9, 2009

            Currently, about 55 percent of corn produced in the U.S. is used as animal feed for livestock and poultry.

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            Pork Prices

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            Joe Dollard on Jun 9, 2009

            With 42.6% of total worldwide meat consumption, pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world.[1] In 2007, the retail value of all US produced pork was $48.5 billion.[2] Fresh, unprocessed pork is traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as frozen pork bellies (what bacon is made from) and lean hogs (every other cut of meat).[3] Pork prices depend in part on the availability and pricing of feed, as feed represents between 50 and 85% of the cost of hog production.[4] For example, heavy flooding reduces land available to plant corn and soybeans, so pork prices drop slightly as more hogs are slaughtered and sent to market. Reliance on corn hog feed (especially distiller's dry grain--see DDG under Ethanol Production) also makes pork prices susceptible to significant changes in corn prices.[5]