investing

Starting a share portfolio from scratch

Many newcomers to share investing spend a couple of agonising months tossing up which stocks to buy, and after taking the plunge into their first share purchase begin snatching up stocks at an increasing rate. Stock picking is where the action is, and the consumer in us is compelled to buy up big and fast….

Soft commodities boom

We all know about rising world food prices, from shortages causing riots in Africa to our own hip pockets at the supermarket, but investors have had limited opportunities to get into agriculture. Options are finally increasing for the soft commodities that many experts consider the coming hot sector. Investors can trade through futures, warrants and…

Who wins from takeover battles?

It is a fact of life that any company listed on the sharemarket is up for sale. There could be no better illustration of this than BHP Billiton’s audacious – and immediately rejected – takeover bid for rival mining behemoth Rio Tinto last week. The $275 billion bid is the largest takeover bid ever mounted….

Overseas shares not so taxing

It’s all very well to talk about buying overseas shares, but what about the tax issues? As one of our readers pointed out, two issues that may impact negatively on Australians investing in foreign shares are our dividend imputation system, and the foreign with-holding taxes on dividends and capital gains. Let’s deal with the second…

Shares that make money in all seasons

Wouldn’t it be great if you’d only had high performing mining stocks like Rio Tinto (RIO) and Fortescue (FMG) in your portfolio this year. They’ve returned 95% and 320% for the year to date, as against the ASX/S&P 300 return of just 17%. Or would it? While buying individual shares in the current hot sector…

Check out these stocks for volatile times – listed investment companies (LICs)

If you thought all 40-plus, ASX-listed investment companies (LICs) were born equally – wake up and smell the chai. There’s a structural shift afoot, and with it a growing divide between the old guard and new.  The 10% discount (to NTA) that traditional LICs typically traded at seems to be closing. So far this year…

Why every stock picker should know about ETFs

If there is an investment product that is benefiting from the turbulent times, it is exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which are burgeoning in number, and capitalisation. From $1 billion in market size in 1995, ETFs have grown to a $760 billion market around the world, with about 1500 ETFs trading worldwide. An ETF is a stock…

Gerry Harvey reveals his personal investment portfolio

Billionaire Gerry Harvey is licking his financial wounds because of the sharemarket crash. He’s a big equity holder and quickly calculates that Harvey Norman’s retreating share price during the past 12 months has stripped more than a $1 billion from his immense wealth.  But we’ll chat more about that later. Harvey is chairman of an…