Analysis & Opinion

CFD strategies in all markets with examples

Increasingly unsatisfied with long exposure through the stock market, more investors are using a diversified mix of CFD’s to add leverage and flexibility to their investment portfolio. But regardless of which CFD trading strategies are used, and which instruments are traded, the overarching goal is to make money, despite what markets are doing. Irrespective of…

The secrets to trading forex

Acclaimed US forex trader Kathy Lien, author of “Day Trading & Swing Trading the Currency Market,” is currently in Australia. When starting out trading forex – or even shares for that matter – it’s handy to have some exact rules to follow. A set of rules is precisely what we need to lift our confidence,…

How to choose investment software

Using a software package to select, track, and manage your investments can be a great help to most investors but with so many software packages available and all sorts of confusing claims from producers, choosing the right investment software can be an extremely difficult decision. Below we outline what investment software can do for you,…

How negative gearing works

By Jimmy B Prince, author of Tax for Australians for Dummies There are two ways to build wealth and more particularly a share portfolio. You can either wait until you’re saved a sufficient amount or you can borrow. If you decide to adopt the save and wait option, there’s a risk you could miss the…

What is the difference between American and European style warrants?

When we talk about the “style” of a warrant we are referring to when the warrant can be exercised. Equity Warrants are very similar to equity options.  Much like equity options, warrants can be either call warrants or put warrants.  A call warrant gives the holder the right to buy the underlying security at some…

Important facts to get right when choosing a stock

A little logic goes a long way in successful stock picking. It’s easy to get caught up in indicators and share prices and to overlook the most important facts to get right when buying any company. Purchasing a share involves taking part-ownership in a business. Think of it like buying a stake in the local…

PEG ratio gaining in popularity against the P/E, but beware of its flaws

A common method used to establish the best value for money when comparing shares in different companies is to look at their respective price earnings ratios. This ratio is defined as the current market value of a share in cents divided by its earnings per share for a year in cents. Other things being equal,…

Hedging your losses, and making profits, using CFDs

Not everyone lost money in the past couple of weeks of market gyrations. Plenty made tidy profits short-selling CFDs on stocks or indices they guessed would be sold down as the market over-reacted to the bad news on sub-prime mortgages. Others used CFDs to protect the value of their existing share or CFD holdings. Harley…

Trading CFDs full-time

Full-time traders used to be slick young traders on too much coffee who traded big sums for the big banks. Today, full-time traders come from all walks of life such as Newcastle-based mother of two, Justine Pollard, who trades Contracts for Difference (CFDs) from home. CFDs are criticised by many commentators as being too risky…

The best stock in the market – stock screening software and how to use it

For investors who favour a fundamental approach to investing, there is plenty of help available from software programs that crunch the numbers they need – digesting and comparing companies’ reported sales revenue, cash flow, earnings, dividends, assets and liabilities. Programs such as Stock Doctor, Conscious Investor, Value Gain, Bourse Data and MetaMarket+ have made it…