Trends & Opportunities

Market Panic – what should you do?

GLOBAL MARKETS PLUNGE 4-5%. OIL PLUNGES 6%. I know what you’re thinking: ‘I’ve got to get out before it gets any worse.’  It’s been a terrible week for investors. Two weeks ago the ASX200 stood at 4602.90. By close on Friday it was sitting at 4105.40, and who knows how much further there is to…

How To Profit If the Aussie Dollar Falls

When the Aussie dollar gets wobbly, investment analysts head to the drawing board to devise new investment strategies. Over the past week, the Aussie dollar has plunged against the Pound, the US dollar and the Euro. If it starts to slide against the major currencies, then you’d want to be in a place where you…

Are We Near The Market Bottom?

GLOBAL MARKETS PLUNGE. OIL PLUMMETS. It has been a disasterous few weeks for Australian punters. Two weeks ago the ASX200 stood at 4602.90. After Friday’s 4% plunge it had dropped to 4105.40, a drop of 500 points, or 11% – putting it officially in correction territory. Fear is gripping global markets, with indices around the…

The Divided States of America – What Does Their Debt Deal Mean?

For months the world has held its collective breath and watched in bewilderment as the government of the United States crept towards the edge of an abyss once thought impossible – a default of the full faith and credit of the United States Government. While the agreement just signed by the American president on 02…

More retail pain: Shorters and brokers bet against HVN

The technique of profiting from a price fall is called short-selling, otherwise known as “shorting,” “to go short” or simply “short.” Basically, short-selling is the reverse of how we’re traditionally taught to invest, to buy at the lowest possible price and sell at the highest. When shorting, you aim to jump in at a high…

Volatile stocks: biggest daily gainers hold onto gains as the market tumbles 3.9%

Top gainers Market action – or the wild price swings of stocks accelerating up the charts – happens in the list of the top gaining stocks. These are the stocks that have risen the most over a single day. Many traders like to check out the top gainers for ideas on where the activity centres…

Climate Change and the Cost of a Carbon Tax – Free Market Players Enter the Debate

Of all the divisive issues in modern industrialised societies, nothing approaches the rancor generated by the debate over global warming and its role in climate change.  Both sides hurl demeaning epithets at the other and question the intellectual capabilities of anyone holding an opposing view to their own. The recent government announcement of an impending…

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Expansions – Cracks in the Wall of Worry

In the United States, investors and analysts alike like to say the stock (share) market needs to climb a wall of worry to march on into new bullish territory. In the last few months, that wall appears to many to be rising to heights that may be beyond the markets ability to climb. Every day…

FUND MANAGER INSIGHT: Resource stocks the funds are targeting

The last couple of months have been fairly hairy for investors as resource stocks have sped up and down the charts in response to commodity prices swings. As you can see from the table below, the S&P/ASX 300 Resources index has tumbled by 8.6 per cent over the past three months, performing a tad worse…

BROKER BUYs: upgrades from brokers Australia-wide

OM Holdings (OMH) Closing price $1.025 Weekly change $+0.135 % change +15.1% Broker Calls Macquarie – BUY Euroz – BUY RBS – HOLD CHART Chart: Share price over the year to 08/07/2011 versus ASX200 (XJO) The decision by manganese business OM Holdings to cancel plans for a listing on the Hong Kong sharemarket is a…