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Oil Prices Down. Why So Serious

Oil Prices Down. Why So Serious

Published : 29 Jan 2016 Author : Harry Notaras

Amid the collapse in oil prices there has been an outpouring of heartache and misery in the financial markets. Sentiment has pushed aside fundamentals as the death throes of a world with energy constraints is replaced with one of abundance.  The age of renewable energy is fast appro [...]

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Business Valuation Made Simple

Business Valuation Made Simple

Published : 4 Jan 2016 Author : Harry Notaras Comments :

While the reasons that someone wants to buy a business may be many and varied, the value they put on it will generally come down to the income or profit it generates. Here are a few rules of thumb to help guide you when trying to guestimate the value of a business.   Average Weekly [...]

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Government is Now the Solution

Government is Now the Solution

Published : 23 Dec 2015 Author : Harry Notaras Comments :

For many years since it was put by Ronald Reagan in his First Inaugural Address there has often been a predisposition to see government action as problematic rather than remedial. To the extent that this has been the case it has been more to do with control of Government rather than Government activity [...]

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The Currency Wars

The Currency Wars

Published : 22 Dec 2015 Author : Harry Notaras Comments :

Two good jobs reports, one in the US and one in Australia have exposed the economic war that is being waged around the world. It is a war between currencies that is out of the hands of government authorities and is fought in the battlefields of the foreign exchange markets.   Whereas [...]

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The Tyranny of Distance replaced by the Seduction of Depreciation

The Tyranny of Distance replaced by the Seduction of Depreciation

Published : 21 Dec 2015 Author : Harry Notaras Comments :

Many years ago the Economist Newspaper came up with a novel method of assessing the fundamental strength of a countries currency relative to that of other countries. The underlying premise of this assessment was that whatever the local  currency price of a certain good or service was in country [...]

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