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Mafia – The Superheroes of lemon growers & the boom-bust cycle

MAFIA – THE SUPERHEROES OF LEMON GROWERS & THE BOOM-BUST CYCLE Lemons. Great for a sore throat and funniest home videos, especially the reaction when you give a lemon to a toddler to try. But would you believe they are responsible for the growth and early success of the Italian mafia? Back in the mid-1700s, seafaring folk were dropping like flies. If it wasn’t the rum, a wretched disease known as Scurvy got ‘em. The symptoms of Scurvy include weakness, feeling tired and aching all over. As the condition worsens, it can lead to personality changes, and finally death from infection or bleeding. Pretty horrid stuff. But life changed forever for many a sailor when a Scottish doctor by the name of James Lind found that Vitamin C rich fruits, like lemons, significantly helped sailors […] 150
By | 2018-12-11T10:33:43+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Cycles, Technology|0 Comments

Investor Memory

INVESTOR MEMORY I read an interesting article recently about Volkswagen. Did you know that this German brand is ahead of all other non-luxury brands in relation to customer retention rates? According to a recent Roy Morgan Automotive Currency Report, 61.5 per cent of Volkswagen owners said their next car purchase would again be a Volkswagen. This is surprising especially when compared with the way “Real Ozzies” have ditched our iconic Holdens! Remember those ads “Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars!” Clearly times have changed in many ways however this commercial shows how entrenched the Holden was in Australia culture. How is it that a European car company, that lied to us over the Dieselgate emissions scandal in September 2015, has retained this brand loyalty? Now don’t think that I’m trying to start some sort of Australian v European trade war here – as a family we actually own […] 150
By | 2018-11-23T11:15:29+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Equities, Shares|0 Comments

Investing with Fear

INVESTING WITH FEAR Some say that wolves can smell fear. It might really be that they sense it. Regardless, once a pack of wolves think they have the upper hand their aggression levels increase often resulting in a frenzied attack. Their relentless attack further enhancing the fear of their pray. Remind you of something? “$50 billion wiped off Australian Markets” “US stocks suffer worst loss in eight months, Australian market tipped to plunge” “Panic grips markets; ASX set to extend losses” These falls invoke our primal animal instincts. Such volatility is where the share market gets its bad boy reputation from. Unlike Queensland’s famous slogan “Beautiful one day. Perfect the next” it would be more apt for the ASX to use “Up one day. Smashed the next”. Investing has as much […] 150
By | 2018-10-12T17:07:07+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Equities, Shares|0 Comments

Pinpointing The Mid-Cycle – Tulips, Hyacinths and 2021

PINPOINTING THE MID-CYCLE – TULIPS, HYACINTHS AND 2021 What do Tulips, Hyacinths and 2021 all have in common? Sounds like the start to some sort of a really bad “Dad Joke”…. But as investors, I’m deadly serious when I ask you this question? The Tulip Mania of 1637 is well documented. But what is the link to Hyacinths and 2021? Studying, researching and most importantly learning from history gives us a huge edge with our investing – and this is exactly what Phil Anderson will be presenting on at our Forecasting Conference this November. Phil will be presenting on both the Saturday and Sunday. Phil’s presentation “Tulips, Hyacinths and 2021” will link the Tulip Mania, the Hyacinths Boom and Collapse as well as several other long […] 150
By | 2018-10-10T17:43:34+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Equities, Shares|0 Comments

The Sharing revolution

THE SHARING REVOLUTION Sometimes we are asked “Why write so many articles about new technology.  Aren’t you an investment business” Well yes, we most certainly are an investment business, but one that is a little different. You see there are two basic reasons we talk so much about technology because it’s a VERY important driver of productivity – which in turn directly leads to increased profitability and increased capital growth. But we continually hear that this time it is different? However, understanding how technology evolves can help you realise that this time it’s not so different and in fact things are not so bad or different after all. I love watching old movies. And when I say old, I mean anything from a year to 100 years old. Remember Charlie Chaplin signed a contract in 1913 with Keystone Studios for $150 a week! […] 150
By | 2018-10-05T16:07:47+00:00 October 5th, 2018|Equities, Shares|0 Comments

45 Years in Wall Street

45 YEARS IN WALL STREET My copy of WD Gann’s “45 Years in Wall Street” was written in 1949. It could almost pass as a first edition, some 69 years old, it’s that beaten up and tattered. But I find this a really interesting title that warrants investigation! It is well accepted Gann was meticulous with numbers and dates. Further, he says he began his career as a stock broker in 1902. Now I’m no mathematician, but I reckon 1902 to 1949 is 47 years, and NOT 45? So why title the book 45 years in Wall Street? There is another obvious error in 45 Years in Wall Street. He rounds the low trading price of the Dow Jones. It’s the ONLY place I’ve ever seen him round a figure. This is NOT typical Gann. Nowhere in his other works does […] 150
By | 2018-10-02T20:13:13+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Equities, Shares|0 Comments

Five Years On and Growing!

FIVE YEARS ON AND GROWING! Calnan Flack turned 5 last week – YEAH! Alas it passed without much fuss or fanfare – not even a candle on a cake! Neither Ian nor myself are much for such celebrations, more focused on what’s happening next. But we did pause to take stock of our growth and achievements over the last few years. Calnan Flack has grown, from its infancy as a meticulously detailed vision into what it is today; a multi-faceted client centric Financial Education and Advice company. With complete Education, Investment, Strategy, Mortgage and Property solutions all built upon an ethical, cycle focussed culture. But it’s our people that we are most proud of and what really sets us apart. The people who CHOOSE to work with us – Team Calnan Flack is how we internally refer to everyone. The depth and […] 150
By | 2018-09-20T09:07:39+00:00 September 19th, 2018|General|0 Comments

You make money AFTER you buy property

YOU MAKE MONEY AFTER YOU BUY PROPERTY  I really enjoy writing these Calnan Flack Blogs and both the feedback and what I learn myself never ceases to amaze me. I had one of those “Ah” moments in response to Ian’s Monopoly Walk when an Investment Club Member James pointed out the obvious to me. See the best place to hide something from someone is right under their nose, in plain sight, but where no one ever sees. According to Wikipedia Knight Frank has “370 offices in 55 countries and more than 12,000 employees handle in excess of US$817 billion (£498 billion) worth of commercial, agricultural and residential real estate annually.” It’s a massive commercial enterprise. Their logo is well recognised, and they have exceptionally strong brand recognition throughout the world. But have you ever “looked” at the logo? Really […] 150
By | 2018-09-20T16:11:14+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Property|0 Comments

Trains, Planes & Flying Cars

TRAINS, PLANES & FLYING CARS We often talk about how advancements in technology lead to increased productivity which of course must manifest back into the land price. Humans are wired to direct their energy and labour to the most productive purpose continually striving to create or obtain more by doing less. Currently we are seeing the initial growth in the autonomous transportations sector. For many this just seems too far fetched. They just can’t see the possibilities. Many science fiction films from the 1950s depicted humans fancifully sending rockets to the moon, something that took until the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to achieve. The rapid growth in the autonomous transportation sector will profoundly impact human productivity much sooner than we expect. Rio Tinto is a step closer to automating its 1700 Kilometre Pilbara train fleet after they recently overcame another hurdle being granted a […] 150
By | 2018-09-21T10:52:07+00:00 September 2nd, 2018|Cycles, Technology|0 Comments

The World is a Changing!

THE WORLD IS A CHANGING! Embrace it or be left behind. The emerging technology we are seeing is quite mind blowing – it’s hard to comprehend just how quickly the world is moving. I was watching a show the other day and it was talking about how the guidance computer from the Apollo 11 trip to the moon had a mega 16kb of computing grunt. A decade later ANYONE could pay $499 and get themselves a Commodore 64, the ultimate 1982 home computer – with 4 TIMES the computing power. This lack of computing power probably explains why Neil and Buzz never played a game of Pong while in space. Can you believe that it took this long to just load the game of Pong?! Click below as I’m sure it will bring back some memories… Now we are on […] 150
By | 2018-09-21T10:58:31+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Cycles, Technology|0 Comments