33 seasons in, The Simpsons is showing no signs of leaving our screens anytime soon.

However, producer Al Jean has given hints as to just how that day might eventuate.

Jean gave an interview with Radio Times and hinted it would be a “grand finale” of sorts, with the family going back to the Christmas pageant that kicked off the first episode of the series back in 1989.

However, fans of the iconic four-fingered family needn’t hold their breath.

“I don’t see anybody going, ‘Let’s wrap it up, or figure out how to get out of it’ at the moment,” he said.

In fact Jean said he might keep it going until it reached 1,000 episodes, which would take until 2033.

But it would still be an ending someday. And speaking of things that’ll end someday – record low interest rates are another.

This week the RBA released its board minutes and Governor Phil Lowe gave a speech on inflation.

While Lowe said he still doesn’t think rate hikes are coming in 2022, he noted inflation was so far looking better than expected and tipped the rate-hike point to come by the end of 2023 (although he added a delay until 2024 was plausible too).

On markets, the ASX 200 was trading around 0.4% lower heading into midday trade.

Big banks — which make up about a quarter of the index — were the main drag, as CBA fell sharply in the wake of its reporting season results.

Resources stocks were also lower, with heavier falls for the gold majors. But the ASX 200 Information Technology index outperformed, with a gain of more than 1.5%.


Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for November 17 [intraday]:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0025 25 170231669
MLS Metals Australia 0.0025 25 200000
AS2 Askarimetalslimited 0.235 24 4521310
RAN Range International 0.021 24 22410079
SBR Sabre Resources 0.006 20 300000
GAL Galileo Mining Ltd 0.245 20 2883949
KMT Kopore Metals Ltd 0.034 17 7316533
BNL Blue Star Helium Ltd 0.062 17 32746442
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.007 17 347222
FG1 Flynngold 0.185 16 190014
BYE Byron Energy Ltd 0.15 15 1439749
ZAG Zuleika Gold Ltd 0.023 15 32466
OPN Oppenneg 0.16 14 76326
MRR Minrex Resources Ltd 0.025 14 48918162
IR1 Irismetals 0.385 13 215598
ATP Atlas Pearls Ltd 0.035 13 1330788
AND Ansarada Group Ltd 2.38 13 70127
CXX Cradle Resources Ltd 0.045 13 87897
DDD 3D Resources Limited 0.0045 13 323549
GNM Great Northern 0.009 13 208111
TAS Tasman Resources Ltd 0.038 12 5683671
SMX Security Matters 0.34 11 124602
RNO Rhinomed Ltd 0.25 11 121249

Among stocks with news, resources companies led the way as investor interest in junior explorers stays high.

Askari Metals (ASX:AS2), a explorer that has been into gold and copper, told shareholders it was looking to prospect for lithium as well. The company has lodged multiple exploration license applications in WA.

Still on companies eyeing off lithium, Minrex (ASX:MRR) told shareholders it was buying private explorer Odette Five which holds 483 square kilometres of granted exploration licenses in WA’s Pilbara region.

Galileo Mining (ASX:GAL) rose after reporting a massive sulphide intersection at its Norseman nickel-cobalt-palladium project.

Blue Star Helium (ASX:BNL) reported a concentration of 8.8% helium at its Voyager gas prospect.


Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for November 17 [intraday]:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume
LDR Lode Resources 0.24 -25 2007473
WWI West Wits Mining Ltd 0.033 -15 6665759
AUK Aumake Limited 0.018 -14 8984384
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.006 -14 7029296
VPR Volt Power Group 0.003 -14 1025000
APV Appsvill 0.038 -14 609668
IBG Ironbark Zinc Ltd 0.04 -11 1866446
RXH Rewardle Holding Ltd 0.016 -11 21430
RAS Ragusa Minerals Ltd 0.086 -10 436112
MRL Mayur Resources Ltd 0.18 -10 51269
TSC Twenty Seven Co. Ltd 0.0045 -10 904376
XST Xstate Resources 0.0045 -10 15827073
WML Woomera Mining Ltd 0.019 -10 8146764
FEL Fe Limited 0.029 -9 2426106
NAE New Age Exploration 0.01 -9 13828466
FBR FBR Ltd 0.05 -9 7143687
RFT Rectifier Technolog 0.05 -9 6433116
ZGL Zicom Group Limited 0.105 -9 14000
PH2 Pure Hydrogen Corp 0.595 -9 3139603
KOR Korab Resources 0.076 -8 9295235
AUH Austchina Holdings 0.011 -8 22517606

Lode Resources (ASX:LDR) dropped after its latest assay results.

West Wits Mining (ASX:WWI) and AuMake (ASX:AUK) both fell in the wake of capital raise announcements.