Global stock markets started the month of July on the back foot following a Federal Reserve rate increase in June and some mixed economic signals.

However, by the end of the month equity markets were back to their all-time highs and the bull market in US equities continued. This came as US growth figures showed improvement and non-farm payrolls came in better than expected. Read more »


Stock markets finished higher last week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up just over 100 points and the benchmark indexes climbing around 2% in what was a shortened week thanks to the public holiday. This was one of the best weekly performances since March. Read more »


Well after four days of solid gains, stock markets finished in the red again yesterday as the price of crude oil collapsed, dropping 2.4%. I have to admit I didn’t see oil falling as much as it has done. I’ve always been somewhat of a perma-bull when it comes to energy and the dwindling global reserves of the black stuff.

Anyway, I only have one oil explorer in the portfolio so my other stocks will hopefully balance out the volatility. And I was pleased to see $PKG jump over 10% on Tuesday. Read more »