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Favourite stocks for 2009 – brokers reveal their picks

Shredded share prices potentially provide a building foundation for 2009, but generating wealth will require selective buying, according to analysts and brokers in the nation’s top investing houses. They say the worst may not be over, but we are unlikely to know the bottom until three-to-six months after the recovery begins. No one is going…

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…

Top financials to know about a company

A cynic was on the right track when he claimed, “The sumptuousness of a company’s annual report is in inverse proportion to its profitability that year.”  Investors contemplating the purchase of shares in a specific listed company can get hold of its latest annual report – either in hard copy by requesting a copy from…

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Trader profile – up 300%, but down $70,000 in a night

At face value, foreign exchange (forex) and share trading have lots in common. Whether it’s shares or currency, the aim is to buy when it weakens in the hope of selling when it goes up in value. But as trader Steve Matthews discovered that’s where the similarities end.  What Matthews learnt about forex trading was…

Use these 5 ratios to unearth superior stocks

We all want to find the next Rio Tinto, but long before it’s trading at $100 a share, or Google when it was a tiny IT company with only a vision. But how do we know that a company will be a superior player over the long haul? What key ratios unlock the secret to…

Have we bottomed?

The worst of the credit crunch is behind us, the worst of the economic down-turn is ahead of us, and it is only a question of whether the worst of the economic down-turn has already been fully priced into equity markets. I believe a global recession or worse is already priced, which means equity markets…

How CFDs are taxed

If you’ve been unnerved at the market fall, and you dread conversations with your CFD provider, here’s a surefire way to turn the tables: ask your provider about the tax treatment of CFDs Your provider will instantly utter the weasel word “compliance”, firmly state that it couldn’t possibly be seen to be giving individual tax…

As share investors head for the exit, forex trading is booming

Trading the foreign exchange market is a tough gig, but those who learn the art of trading the biggest and most unruly market in the world can reap big rewards. However be warned – the volatility and leverage involved in trading foreign exchange can make for a wild ride. Kunal Sharma, managing director of Melbourne-based…

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…