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Top junior miners – blue-sky mining

Despite falling out of bed along with equities globally following last August’s sub prime melt-down, it’s still a good time to be a junior minor, especially since commodity prices (notably iron ore and coal) hit record highs. And with oil forecast to hit $200/barrel over the long-term – oilies are clearly no exception. Each $US10…

Energy Stocks – Buy or Sell

Investors wasted no time in pushing ASX energy company share prices to record highs in the past few months, but is it too late to get on the bandwagon? Well that depends on an individual’s investing objectives, but the mid-to-long term outlook is promising. But today’s high share prices encapsulate a note of caution that…

Aussie stocks to win and lose from the rising AUD/USD

Seven years ago, the Australian dollar bought 48 US cents. Now it buys 91.2 US cents, having hit a 23-year high of 94.99 cents last month. The dollar has traded in a 20-cent range against the US$ over the past year – its most volatile period in many years. The Australian currency is rising because…

Defensive stocks that analysts are targeting

In the stock market slump of 2007-2008, don’t bother looking for the defensive sectors of the market to hide – there aren’t any. All of the Australian Securities Exchange’s GICS sectors are down for the year to date. With the market down 20 per cent, the best you could have done was to be down…

How sub-prime will impact your share portfolio

In 2006 Alberto Ramirez, a migrant strawberry-farm worker in California, with poor English, earning $US14,000 a year, took out a $770,000 loan to buy a house in Hollister. Alberto’s mortgage required him to pay $5,200 a month. But his monthly income was $1,166. What has Alberto’s insane mortgage got to do with us here in…

Why everyone loves penny dreadful stocks

Penny dreadfuls – stocks that sell for a handful of cents yet give big percentage gains – have a long history in Australia. Since the beginnings of the stock exchange, resources explorers have traditionally filled this role, often hitting paydirt with a drilling hole, resulting in a share price surge. More recently, technology stocks and…

Renowned Turtle Trader grossed $US384,000 in his first year

The Turtle Traders’ legend began with a bet between American multi-millionaire commodities trader, Richard Dennis and his business partner, William Eckhardt. Dennis believed that traders could be taught to be great; Eckhardt disagreed asserting that genetics were the determining factor and that skilled traders were born with an innate sense of timing and a gift…

Online broking showdown

The past few months has seen the face of online broking change dramatically. A rash of consolidations and the emergence of new players has indisputably revamped the playing field. But is consolidation good news for traders and investors? Over the past year, Australia’s biggest online broker CommSec’s picked up rival online broker IWL; ANZ gobbled…

Traders join iPhone mania

Picture this… You’re on the golf course when you receive important news about one of your stocks via mobile. You calmly log onto your new iPhone trading platform and place a trade while your golfing partner stands by fuming that he has missed out on an opportunity to make a quick few thousand bucks. Welcome…

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…