Analysis & Opinion

Access Your Super And Work Too

It’s probably one of the most cherished strategies for financial planners as it has the power to boost super savings prior to retirement – and it’s also rather popular with pre-retirees who want to continue working while accessing their super at the same time. It’s called the transition to retirement pension, or TRIP for short….

Dingoes Of The ASX 50

Stockmarket investors who don’t want to go to the trouble of sifting through stock tips or poring over charts for under-valued trading opportunities can always fall back on a ‘mechanical’ strategy, where the investor simply buys stocks that fit a selection criterion, or set of criteria. It could be the stocks with the lowest price/earnings…

Does the P/E Ratio Really Tell You Which Stock To Buy?

The Price to Earnings Ratio for the vast majority of shares in which you might be considering investing is readily available, and for those you cannot find, the vaunted P/E is easy to calculate on your own.  All you have to do is get your hands on a copy of the company’s latest annual report….

How To Calculate Your Share Gains And Losses For Tax

Newcomers to the wonderful world of retail investing in the Australian share market are initially far more concerned about buying shares than selling shares.  Eventually, however, the time comes to sell and they are confronted with the dreaded issue faced by investors of all types in all countries – how much will the taxman take?…

18 Share Tips – 20 February 2011

  Mike Bigwood, Patersons Securities BUY RECOMMENDATIONS MACA Limited (MLD) – click code or chart for stock quotes Chart: Share price over the year to 20/02/2011 versus ASX200 (XJO) A mining services company leveraged to mid-tier WA miners. The company listed in November 2010, and its share price surged to $2.73 on February 16. The…

Tools for Finding Safer Shares (Part 4) – Cash Flow Ratios

As you know, there is no such thing as a “risk free” share market investment.  Some shares, however, are safer than others.  Companies in good financial health are better able to withstand economic calamites than those who are not. Many experts consider the Cash Flow Ratios we are going to look at as some of…

The Mining Tax Showdown

The announcement Wednesday by mining giant BHP Billiton of record Australian half-year profits, exceeding $10 billion, has re-ignited the debate over the Mineral Resource Rent Tax. The MRRT’s predecessor, the Resource Super Profits Tax, was a factor in the downfall of former prime minister Kevin Rudd. Before the August election, current Prime Minister Julia Gillard…

SECTOR SCAN: The Best Five Micro Caps For Your Portfolio

The micro sector generally refers to ASX-listed companies with a market capitalisation below $250 million, according to State One Stockbroking analyst John Rawicki. The sector is loaded with stocks as the market capitalisation of most companies listed on the ASX is below $250 million. The micro caps have a keen following among investors willing to…

YOUR PORTFOLIO: Hot Rare Earths On Increasing Demand

The rare earths story embraces potentially big windfalls laced with plenty of risk. Listed Australian rare earths companies aren’t for conservative investors, as explorers without earnings dominate the landscape. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop share prices rising as the market looks forward, factoring in what tomorrow can potentially bring in an industry dominated by China. The…

Stock Of The Week – 20th February 2011

Is Downer EDI a value play or value trap? For shareholders of Downer EDI (DOW), the last 12 months have been challenging ones to say the least.  Shares of DOW have fallen approximately 52 per cent. The start of the 2011 hasn’t been much better.  Shares tumbled from $4.50 to as low as $3.66 following…