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3 key investor takeaways from the week

The S&P/ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) delivered another positive week while US stock markets finished in the red.

Here are my three key investor takeaways from the week.

Walking into an energy crisis

While I will be clear and highlight that I am not an expert, all reports, along with the massive jump in electricity pricing in Australia, suggest the country is walking headlong into an energy crisis of our own making.

Despite having abundant resources and watching Europe suffer under the same struggles, Australians look set to face higher energy costs and more volatile electricity at the same time they face higher interest rates. Poor planning, or short-term planning, is the likely culprit.

Lithium and the power of themes

Thematic stocks have been among the hardest hit in 2022, with technology companies operating in fast-growing sectors dropping like flies.

During the week it was all about lithium, which had seemed to attract diehard supporters that suggested the price of lithium could never fall.

As with all commodity sectors, the market will ebb and flow between surplus and deficit, with higher prices attracting more supply, yet the near vertical trajectory of lithium stocks for the last 12 months was clearly unsustainable.

More casino pain

Finally, Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX: SGR) was during the week said to have been ‘unsuitable’ to hold a casino license, just like Crown Resorts Ltd (ASX: CWN) in Melbourne, due to massive deficiencies in their basic processes and governance. This in the era of ‘ESG’ focused investing suggests a lot more needs to be done before providing capital to these types of companies.

The Golden Rules of Investing

We might be experts in retirement, but with combined financial advice experience of 35+ years, we’ve nearly seen it all. 

In mid-2023, our senior team at Wattle Partners Financial Planning put the finishing touches on a brand-new report “The Golden Rules of Investing“.

In this free report, we outline the key principles that determine all of the portfolio construction and investment decisions of Wattle Partners. Collated over decades, this paper should be seen as a work-in-progress, constantly under review in light of the ever-evolving nature of markets. 

You’ll find the free report on my Author page. Simply click the button below to view the Golden Rules.

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