Trading & Technical Analysis

ASX Medical Marijuana Stocks – Buy, Wait and See, or Stay Away

On 5 December of 1996 the Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, coined a phrase that should be etched in the psyche of all retail investors – irrational exuberance. It was the time of the dot.com stocks qualifying as “next big thing” stock market entries, sometimes backed by little more than a paper…

Graphene Additives Making their Mark

Some investors lose patience waiting for “next big thing” breakthroughs. The time between concept and commercialisation to generate substantial returns on stock market investments in companies involved with the reportedly revolutionary capabilities of the breakthrough and seem an eternity. Others realize the path from concept to profit can be long and torturous. Such has been…

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…

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…

Using Divergence To Detect Bottoms and Tops

By Vito Henjoto, Technical Analyst, GFT Divergence is a fantastic tool to use if you can spot it – but for some people, they miss out and just can’t see the wood for the trees. Considering that the trading world is mostly sentiment driven, price itself does not filter out emotions, sentiments and bias of…

Dividend Stability in 5 Top Performing Income Stocks

Income investors brave enough to return to the sharemarket in 2012 were well rewarded by increased total returns through dividend payments – and the trend towards higher yields should continue into 2013.  A search strategy favoured by some income investors is to look for stocks with the highest yields.  More experienced investors know dividend stability…

Cash Vs Shares – Which Is Best?

By Wealth Foundations Most investors should hold a combination of defensive and growth assets In our last article, we explained why we don’t think that the past five years of poor share market investment performance provides sufficient evidence that the investment world has changed i.e. we don’t yet believe there has been a paradigm shift….

Can Self-Managed Super Funds trade shares? Are there any restrictions?

By Stephen Karpin, managing director of CommSec  Question: Can Self-Managed Super Funds trade shares? Are there any restrictions? Response: Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) are the fastest growing area of the superannuation industry in Australia. This is because they offer a range of possible advantages over other super funds, including greater control over how their assets…

Why Aussie Traders Are Ditching Equities To Trade Foreign Exchange (FX)

It was revolutionary enough when the internet opened up access to trading the stockmarkets – but the $US6.8 trillion-a-day foreign exchange (FX) market is a much bigger pond in which to fish. Australia is one of the most active retail markets in trading FX: according to a recent report from research firm Investment Trends, 54,000…

Does Capital Raising Sound the Bell to SELL?

As the financial crisis plays out, more Aussie companies are going to the market to raise capital. The question is: if a company goes to the market to raise capital, does that sound the bell to sell?  In theory, capital raisings to fund future growth and expansion should be a good thing. A capital raising…