Our view of the future is usually nothing more than a limp extrapolation of today. But let’s try to see what lies ahead in a different, more pernicious light.
Brexit, the US-China trade war and conflict in the Middle East.
It seems we are quickly moving into an era where markets are dominated by politics.
What is the real impact of politics on the economy and global markets?
On any given day you may see the ASX up or down on a variety of politically-driven events.
At The Rum Rebellion we take a long-term view. Ultimately, markets are driven by earnings and interest rates. At a fundamental level, this is all that matters.
Brexit and the US-China trade war can impact earnings and interest rates, so to a degree, these are relevant to market moves.
The real impact of politics on the economy and global markets though, is that it creates a smokescreen for investors.
The back and forth detracts from a clear-eyed view of what’s really wrong with a country — especially here in Australia.
What’s wrong with Australian politics?
Of course, Australian politics has recently impacted markets. The ASX got a short-term boost from the Liberal victory in the federal election.
However, successive governments (on both sides of the aisle) have created a system that results in an excessive amount of capital flowing into the property sector.
Investors have been rewarded by speculating on land, rather than investing in longer-term productive enterprises. Commodity-based income underwrites this national pastime, which is why the commodity/housing nexus is so important to ongoing growth.
It has left us with a foreign debt of $1 trillion, and the continued selling off of assets to fund our property obsession. As a result, we have a chronic current account deficit. In the year to 30 June 2018, the deficit was around $50 billion.
The trend reversed recently on the back of a commodities boom, in particular iron ore.
Hooked on houses and mining again…
What’s Australia’s political relationship with China?
Everyone knows we have a close economic relationship with China. They now own some of our ports, gas pipelines and electrical grids.
They pour money into real estate and mining as well.
But our over reliance on this investment comes at a price — we don’t have anywhere to go if the relationship breaks down.
As a result, we are sceptical of China as a force for good in Australian politics and our commentary reflects that.
Climate change policy and what The Rum Rebellion stands for…
Instead of facing these issues, Australian politics is tearing the country apart. One of the chief culprits is climate change. Climate change and what to do about it has been a key destabiliser of national politics since it increasingly became a political issue from around 2007.
The Rum Rebellion is a libertarian voice. While we think all governments are corrupt and self-serving, out of principle we particularly abhor the ‘government knows best’ views emanating from the left of centre.
We don’t pull punches and we don’t accept money from advertisers, so we can tell it like it is.
On this page you can find all our political analysis. We cover topics in US politics, Australian politics and pretty much any political factor that could move markets.
You may disagree with us, or even be offended. We aren’t fussed though, we take freedom of speech seriously.
While the name ‘Rum Rebellion’ is generally well known to most semi-students of Australian history, the involvement of rum was only a peripheral issue.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at the proposed alternatives and whether we, as a nation, can afford a universal pension OR do you take personal responsibility to safeguard your financial position from the perfect storm?
Yes…COVID be damned…there is always opportunity in the share market depending on your time frame.
That ground is owned by the lobbyists rather than the traditional custodians of our democratic land, the regular citizen.
‘Seventeen winners of the Nobel Prize in economics sign letter in support of the President’s Build Back Better package’.
US crude finished April 20, 2020, at minus-$37 a barrel, blowing past the zero mark that few imagined would ever be crossed.
With all the talk of inflation and interest rates recently, it seems everyone is forgetting China. Obviously, the direction of interest rates are hugely important for the stock market…
Sit down. Remain calm. Let’s try to figure this out… The big news last Friday was that the House got together and passed Joe Biden’s social spending program.