Trends & Opportunities

Stocks to avoid: broker sells & downgrades

Only tough contrarians bravely buy stocks in falling markets as temporary price declines are overlooked for the prospect of longer-term gains. Others active in the market at the moment are short sellers who make money when share prices fall. You only have to look at the rolling 12-month lows versus the rolling 12-month highs to…

The Market Is Toast. Protect Your Assets

The trader who became an internet sensation with his outburst on BBC television – declaring that “the market is toast” and that the smart money is moving its assets to safer investments like treasury bonds – has become an instant enemy of the corporate media. His views on the global financial crisis were belittled as…

HELP! Investor’s Guide To Surviving The Market Correction

The financial world is not in a happy place, and investors as represented by global stockmarket are becoming disillusioned about the future. Fear is ruling and the media is having a field day with dire predictions of what the future may hold – Germany breaking off from the EU, the end of the Euro, burgeoning…

Broker Buys: The most popular oil stock on the market

After eking out two weeks of small gains the Aussie market was marginally lower for the week to Friday 9th September – and this week is shaping up for another rough one after global markets dropped sharply on Friday. For the second week in a row US markets dived on a Friday, with the Dow…

Can you profit from shorting the top ten shorted stocks?

The top ten shorted stocks  Company  Stock Code  Time in top ten  Share price fall since entering top ten  Current share price  JB Hi Fi  JBH        Fairfax  FXJ        Billabong  BBG        Gunns  GNS        Myer  MYR        David Jones  DJS      …

The China Economic Syndrome

In hindsight, anyone who takes the time to study what was going on in the buildup to the Great Financial Crisis wonders why so few economists predicted what was about to happen.  One of the few who did was Nouriel Roubini, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Roubini is now something…

Broker Buys: Gold Explorer As Takeover Target

After more than a month of pain there was finally something to cheer about for investors – a week of gains! The Dow was up 4.3%, FTSE up 1.8%, DAX up 1.0% and the All Ords was up 2.4%. Despite the week’s gains this is not the time to grow complacent, as there is plenty…

4 small-cap bargains

Two weeks ago we stressed the importance of “derisking” your portfolio in the article “Are we near the market bottom?”, pointing to retail, banking, media, junior miners and penny stocks as those most at risk. All have been hit hard over the past two weeks, with more pain to come as global growth forecasts have…

2020: The Next Bull Market?

As soon as the sharemarket comes off even slightly, the Australian media gets hell bent on calling shares a bargain and an opportunity not to be missed. Journalists forget the fact that the sharemarket moves in cycles – quite lengthy cycles – and that successful investors are those who understand and navigate these longer-term cycles…

The Best Performing Market Over The Past 10 Years

How much would you have made over the last 5 or 10 years if you had invested in the US, Europe, emerging markets or Canada? And how do these market returns compare to Australia? Investing in the USA If you’d invested your money in the US sharemarket over the past ten years, it’s likely that…