Analysis & Opinion

In Search of the Source of All Ratios – Financial Statements

Ratio Analysis is one of the most widely used investment tools all over the globe.  With the exception of the hard-core technical analyst types, most investors rely on financial ratios of all kinds to evaluate shares.  It is the cornerstone of fundamental analysis. Even the most recent newcomers to share market investing quickly discover the…

PENNY STOCKS: 6 Recent Coal IPOs

Precious metal explorers dominated the float market in the past three years as companies took advantage of a higher gold price to raise capital. Coal explorers had less fanfare. Yet a group of six coal initial public offerings – one of the best-performed segments of the IPO market – may have further to go if…

18 Share Tips – 6 March 2011

  Nicholas Brooks, RBS Morgans BUY RECOMMENDATIONS Pacific Brands (PBG) Chart: Share price over the year to 04/03/2011 versus ASX200 (XJO) This clothing company’s share price dived after revealing asset write-downs in its most recent result. The initial selling was overdone and we believe the underlying result delivered quality earnings. This was aided by strong…

PROPERTY: Tale of Two Cities – Sydney

Like it or not, Australia – following in the footsteps of the rest of the world – is experiencing a housing slowdown. And this will impact just about all of us given that residential property is the major investment for most Aussies – according to BIS Shrapnel it has an estimated total value of almost…

2011 – Experts Predict Aussie Sharemarket and Economy

The Aussie dollar is strong, our terms of trade are at unprecedented heights, and unemployment is at a two-year low. But what does the future hold for the Australian economy and our sharemarket? In the past year, the mining sector has compensated for underperformance in other areas, such as construction. Of course, enthusiasm for the…

Bollinger’s Famous Market Discovery

What do a Hollywood lighting designer and an investment guru have in common? The answer is John Bollinger. Some of you may be familiar with the technical analysis term “Bollinger bands”; however, what do you know about the man behind the concept? Surprisingly, the president and the founder of Bollinger Capital Management Inc.-a Californian investment…

YOUR PORTFOLIO: Capitalise Now on Future Growth Stocks

Capital growth stocks excel in good times. Investors are prepared to pay a premium for what they consider to be a bright outlook. But equally, investors can rapidly slash a growth stock’s price if the outlook turns sour, or external events intervene, such as signs of a global recession. It’s therefore incumbent on the investor…

Benjamin Graham on Finding Safer Shares

For the past several weeks, we have been reviewing a variety of financial ratios any investor can use to find safer shares in troubled markets.  With the current uncertainty regarding the price of oil, these markets certainly qualify as troubled. Financial ratio analysis is a critical tool in the investing strategy, Fundamental Analysis.  Legendary American…

Skepticism as an Investing Strategy – Behold the Rising Price of Oil

A skeptic is one who challenges everything he or she hears or reads.  While free markets work best when both parties in a transaction have access to the same information, skeptics doubt this to be the case.  When money is involved, market participants can put out distorted or even fraudulent information to further their own…

SECTOR SCAN: Top Speculative Commodity Stocks to Ride the Boom

They say nothing succeeds like success and so is the case with the commodities boom. While BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto make headlines for their soaring profits, the commodities boom has opened the door to junior explorers wanting a piece of the action. Essentially, higher commodity prices have made it a viable proposition for explorers…