Share Tips

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….

Guide to analysing stocks – part 1

Academics and researchers have spent considerable time searching for the secret to making it rich on the sharemarket. The trouble for investors is that – when every supposed ‘expert’ yells from the rooftops proclaiming the secret to successful stock investing – it’s almost impossible to separate the researched theory from the pure sales pitch. For…

$65,000 in a week trading CFDs

Will Kraa recently enjoyed a stellar run trading CFDs – pulling in $65,000 in just one week. Kraa, a former teacher and avid trader for the past six years, isn’t new to the sensation of multiplying his money trading CFDs. Back in 2003 when Kraa first tried his hand at the highly leveraged derivative, he…

Measuring the strength of the Australian sharemarket

Most agree that the major ingredients required to herald a sharemarket crash are investor euphoria combined with an overvalued sharemarket; like a pressure cooker, as prices for stocks soar upwards, a market becomes overheated and the likelihood of a market crash is ever more present. Last week we looked at the fundamental reasons for why…

Elliott Wave theory spells doom and gloom for the US market

Dinner party chatter around the country has swung from property prices, auctions and renovations to resources stocks and the sharemarket. Sometime in the future, the theme might be investing internationally, or art, but one thing is for sure – a common topic will be found because society moves in waves. Elliott Wave theory, a variety…

Why you should split super with your spouse

Until recently, the ability to split superannuation pots was a popular strategy for couples looking to reduce the amount of tax payable on their end benefits. But from 1 July 2007, the government’s Better Super changes mean that for the majority of people aged 60 or over, super paid as a lump sum or income…

10 top dividend paying stocks

When the sharemarket falls by 20 per cent or more – as it has done since November – one of the major comforts to an investor is the dividend income from shares. It comes from a company’s earnings, so it’s not affected by the share price. So the dividends being paid this year – usually…

Climate change and consumers: hot air or real deal?

At present, when what Australians say they will do to help the environment is laid side-by-side with what they actually do, there is definitely a gap. However, if you’re stgeloping or marketing goods and services with a green hue, the gap looks to close over time and there may be more customers who are willing…

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…

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…