Trading & Technical Analysis

Another US Financial Crisis All But Inevitable

By Ron Hera, Hera Research, LLC Hera Research (HR): Why do you remain a critic of the The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) when the $700 billion has been paid back? Neil Barofsky: To talk about the TARP only in terms of saving banks is revisionist history. When the financial crisis hit in 2008, then…

Indicator Overload – How Many Are Too Many?

By Vito Henjoto, Technical Analyst, GFT When it comes to technical analysis, the range of indicators available means there’s bound to be one to suit every trader. While this is true, most traders unfortunately take this to mean that more is better, which is not often the case. Technical traders are generally divided into two…

Trade the Macro Thematic – Extra-Ordinary policies don’t have normal outcomes

Will the US economic ‘plane’ ever lift off the tarmac? A weakening in US economic momentum appears at a bad time for the Fed. For years now, stgeloped world Central Banks have engaged their ‘whatever it takes’ efforts to stimulate activity and demand in indebted economies, wrapping asset markets in cotton wool. The extra-ordinary monetary…

View from the dealing floor

Paula Lyons, IG’s dealing floor As the year draws to a close, let’s take a look back at how the Australian market and the sub-sectors have performed. Firstly, 2013 looks like being the strongest year since 2009, with the ASX 200 up over 9.8% year-to-date; however at its peak in October the index was up…

The impact of technology on the investment landscape

View from the dealing floor. Julian Edwards works on IG’s dealing floor: www.ig.com/au The investment landscape has changed over the last few decades as technology has worked its way into all aspects of the field. As one would expect, numerous advantages have spawned from these changes; financial statements that were once acquired by means of…

ASIC beefs up fight against insider trading, but will convictions flow?

By Juliette Overland, University of Sydney The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is moving to “real-time” monitoring of share trading as another weapon in the ongoing fight against insider trading. But will the use of this form of surveillance technology actually lead to an increase in the number of insider trading cases which are successfully…

Former Gunns chair guilty of $3m insider trading but only gets a $50k fine

By Juliette Overland The former chairman of Gunns Ltd John Gay has received a $50,000 fine for insider trading but will not serve time in jail. Will such a sentence really deter others who might be tempted to engage in insider trading? Earlier this month, Mr Gay entered a guilty plea to charges of insider…

The party’s over, get ready for a rough ride in Q3

Forex.com 3Q 2013 Markets Outlook The prospect of the end of QE3 from the Federal Reserve is possibly the biggest fundamental shift for the markets in years. Added to this, German Federal Elections could break the spell of sovereign stability in the Eurozone this quarter. 1, Fed looks poised to taper QE3 This could happen…

5 Stocks with Resilient Business Models

Investors must focus on companies with resilient business models that have the balance of power over  their suppliers and customers, a leading fund manager says. Pragmatic investors need to be alert for well-managed companies with the business models and balance sheets to take advantage of three dynamics, says Pengana Australian Equities Fund manager, Rhett Kessler….

The contrarian: as investors panic, now is the time to buy gold

Gold has faced stiff headwinds lately as investors abandon alternative investments to chase record-high stock markets.  Probably the most significant has been the major selling hammering the flagship GLD gold ETF.  It has suffered such intense differential selling pressure that its custodians have been forced to dump enormous quantities of physical gold.  What are the…

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