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January 2007 Newsletter

Welcome to Lewis Financial's January 2007 Newsletter.

We begin this month's newsletter with an article which reviews how the major asset classes performed up to the end of the calendar year, 31 December 2006.

We look at an article by Hillross Economist, Brad Matthews, who discusses the prospects for the Australian economy in 2007 and the likely drivers that will affect investment markets.

We turn our attention to Dr Shane Oliver's review of Diversified Superannuation investments and his discussion of the returns which investors should expect over the next 12 months.

Finally, on the back of three years of strong returns, we look at an article which discusses whether Australian Share prices have become too expensive for new investors.

Market update as at January 2007

Details of the movement in average investment returns from various asset classes for the period up to December 31 2006.

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Prospects for a "happy" new year

Looking forward to a new calendar year, there is perhaps more reason to be pessimistic about Australia’s economic prospects than has been the case for some time.

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The global economic cycle, risk premiums & super returns

This Oliver's Insights article takes a further look at superannuation and diversified investment returns over the year ahead, in particular the outlook for the economic cycle and risk premiums.

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Share prices – when is high too high?

For the third consecutive year, the Australian sharemarket has delivered a return of more than 20%.

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