International shares - important part of your portfolio now

Over the last 10 years, many international share investments have out-performed Australian shares by a large margin. I believe that this out-performance is likely to continue over the next 5 and 10 years on average (albeit with the usual volatility of shares) particularly for Asia and Japan for a range of reasons such as: Asia has on broad averages, much lower share market valuations, Asia and Japan have comparatively recently commenced secular bull markets, whereas the best spin you could on (say) US and Australian share markets is that their secular bull market is very old by long-term historical standards, having commenced in 1982. However, some would argue (including ourselves) that USA

Balance sheet recession ahead

A balance sheet recession is ahead for Australia? Why? And what is a balance sheet recession? Our paper on this is here Wikipedia ( ) defines a balance sheet recession as follows: "A balance sheet recession is a type of economic recession that occurs when high levels of private sector debt cause individuals or companies to collectively focus on saving by paying down debt rather than spending or investing, causing economic growth to slow or decline. The term is attributed to economist Richard Koo and is related to the debt de

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