Analysis & Opinion

Trader’s Toolkit – Simple Moving Average (SMA)

What is a moving average and why should I care about it? Imagine that you are at the grocery store, but instead of seeing 20 varieties of beer displayed at slightly different prices, you see your favorite beer displayed at the 20 different prices it had for the last 20 sales. Naturally, you ask yourself,…

How To Make Money By Thinking Big Picture

Think of top down investing as a “big picture” strategy.  The big picture is the global market and all it encompasses.  If you think of the global market as a forest, if it looks green and healthy, you enter the forest looking for the healthiest trees.  When you find a grove of healthy trees, you…

How to set up a watchlist

What progress have watchlists made! From the yellow pad and end-of-day newspaper quotes to instantaneous online watchlists that transverse a multitude of search criteria: sectors, market capitalisation, growth, moving averages or trading volume. All this could be at your fingertips, for free, in just few seconds. For decades, stocks have been the most popular investment…

Get Started Investing Today – But How?

Once upon a time, legendary investor Baron Rothschild was asked the secret of his success; to which he supposedly replied: “I never buy at the bottom and I always sell too soon.” Whether he actually said that or not, the comment speaks to the need to make use of a strategy to guide investing decisions. …

Will The Housing Bubble Pop?

As Aussie housing prices have risen dramatically in recent years and LVRs have skyrocketed, leading economists and investment advisers have weighed in on the issue of whether Australia is experiencing a “housing bubble” and, if so, whether it will eventually “pop” or quietly deflate. Today we summarise several perspectives: 1.    Steve Keen, Assoc. Prof. in…

Using The Share Price As a Guide To Buy And Sell

There is a difference between strategies for share market investing and strategies for picking shares, and many retail investors ignore the investing strategies in favour of share picking tactics. To stgelop a strategy for share market investing you start with defining your personal investment goals.  While a goal of making as much money as I…

Is this Emerging Miner A Bargain?

Investors could not get enough of Northern Iron when it floated in December 2007. Shares in the Norway-focused emerging iron-ore producer soared from a $2.15 issue price to $4.40 within six months of listing, only to sink to 51 cents during the GFC. Operational problems weighed on Northern, but a positive recent production update suggests…

Mid-Cap Stocks To Boost Your Portfolio

Companies with a market capitalisation between $300 million and $1.3 billion are broadly defined as mid-cap sector stocks, according to Shaw Stockbroking analyst Scott Marshall. But share price movements can easily move stocks in and out of the above dollar range. Marshall says there’s more than 200 mid-caps listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, and,…

Three Speed Economy, Will It Be Our Undoing?

Last year, Dr. Ken Henry, Secretary to the Treasury, described the Australian economy as a “three speed economy” in which: 1.    The mining and mining-related sectors grow strongly;2.    Other trade-exposed sectors (like many parts of manufacturing) grow more slowly; and 3.    Non-traded sectors grow at a rate somewhere between those two, depending upon the relative…

SECTOR SCAN: The Best Oil Stocks On Rising Crude

Riots in Egypt amid a tense Middle East is pushing crude oil prices higher, with Brent recently breaching the psychological $US100 a barrel. Freezing winters in much of the northern hemisphere and a de facto moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, despite a lifting of the ban since the BP oil spill in…