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ASX: listed CFDs on the horizon

Promoted by the ASX, public market listed CFDs will be a world first that will introduce a new style of CFD to the Australian financial scene. Instead of coming as a package with the provider organising the price making, the trading and the margin lending through private platforms where every product is different, ASX CFDs…

Hot stocks for 2008

With a new year ahead, what are the best prospects for stock-pickers? Many analysts are predicting volatile economic times ahead, making a good case for employing a defensive strategy. Along those lines, market analysts from CommSec, Bell Potter and Goldman Sachs JBWere are recommending stalwarts like banks, insurers and established retailers. But there seems to…

A comeback for futures trading

During the heady days of the 1980s gold and share market booms brokers on the Sydney Futures Exchange did around two-thirds of their business with private clients placing orders at a modest couple of contracts a time. This significant small trader interest that began with gold continued through the early days of the share price…

Fund manager stock pick for the long haul: ABB Grain

Fund manager stock pick: ABB Grain (ABB)Current share price: $8.99Fund manager: James Anderson, chief investment officer at Anderson & Tees Funds Management Over the next 12 months Credit Suisse expects to see the grain industry experience its biggest upturn in decades: the catalysts being deregulation of the wheat export market and an anticipated positive cycle…

Where is the property market headed?

Residential property values are going backwards in major capital cities and the outlook for the next 12 months is flat at best. Buyers can afford to sit tight as they may find better value going forward in markets offering more supply and reduced competition. The national weighted median price for houses fell from $471,300 in…

Which telco stocks are hot, and which are not

With the new Federal Government’s National Broadband Network high on the agenda and pundits predicting that the insatiable use of telecommunication services is set to continue, the telecommunications sector looks likely to weather any slowing in the Australian economy more comfortably than other sectors. Goldman Sachs JBWere states that the telco sector is more defensive…

Tax concession on property – are they really worthwhile?

It gives most property investors great satisfaction to know that the Taxation Commissioner is picking up nearly half of every repair bill. It seems that many people are attracted to real estate not only because of the expected investment returns but also because of the tax deductions that this class of assets creates. But this…

How to beat the super doom and gloom

The rapid decline in global equity markets has stripped wealth from superannuation nest eggs in an investment environment that looks challenging for at least the next 12 months. The popular default options of the nation’s super funds are likely to return an average loss of 4 per cent for the 2007/08 financial year, according to…

Broker picks in the soft commodities sector

Analysts: Tim Morris, wise-owl.com; Michael Hevern of the stockmarket newsletter StockCubes and Audrey Riddell, IBISWorld Stocks: Incitec Pivot (IPL), Soil Sub Technologies (SOI), Nufarm (NUF), Australian Wheat Board (AWB), GrainCorp (GNC), ABB Grain (ABB) In case you haven’t heard, soft commodities are the sexy ‘new black’ and being taken along for the ride are its…

Measuring the return on your investment property

Donal Henahan once cynically observed: “Next to the writer of real estate advertisements, the autobiographer is the most suspect of prose artists.” Strictly speaking, only after an investment property has been finally disposed of does it really become possible to measure objectively just how good an investment it had been. This can then be done…