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Category Archives: Investing

Buy & Hold Australian Blue Chip Stocks – Are you Crazy?

What’s the best way to get some growth from your portfolio? So often we hear people say that you should buy a few Australian Blue Chip stocks and hold them long term…  Well they’ve got it wrong!

Many Happy Returns

It’s that time of the year when the talking heads of television and the prognosticators of print issue their sage outlooks for the coming 12 months. While this crystal ball gazing is always entertaining, it becomes even more so a … Continue reading

High returns with low risk; you can’t lose right?

‘Safe investments with high returns’ ‘Want the flexibility to maximise gains and minimise losses?’ ‘Take advantage of rising markets and protect the downside’ ‘High income with a capital guarantee’ Whenever I see these sorts of headlines or slogans, I get … Continue reading

Gold – Some Safe Haven!

by Jim Parker Gold is frequently cited in the media as a safe haven asset that offers stability in a diversified portfolio and an anchor in uncertain times. The reality, however, frequently falls short of the billing. By the end … Continue reading

Running to Stand Still

by Jim Parker Trying to correctly time your entry point to the market is never easy. Just ask the experts. In early February, strategists at a global investment bank were becoming alarmed at political events in Europe, the sequestration “crisis” … Continue reading

Is now the time to buy shares??

With the recent strong performance of shares in Australia and around the world, you may be asking yourself this question.  Well the answer is… maybe, maybe not! What do the leading economists foresee in the financial indicators? What are the … Continue reading

The Wrong End of the Telescope

by Jim Parker An entire branch of the financial media exists to tell people what stocks to buy. For some reason, many people still think this works as a wealth management tool.

Warren Buffett is winning a $1 Million bet against Wall Street Hedge Funds

“Over a ten-year period commencing on January 1, 2008, and ending on December 31, 2017, the S&P 500 will outperform a portfolio of funds of hedge funds, when performance is measured on a basis net of fees, costs and expenses.” … Continue reading

Cool for Cats

You’ve heard the line about stock picking being better left to blind-folded, dart-throwing orangutans. Now there’s new competition – from cats. UK newspaper The Observer staged an experiment, pitting a panel of market professionals and a group of students against … Continue reading

2012: The Year It Didn’t Happen

- by Weston Wellington (US) Judging by the headlines in the financial press, investors spent much of the past year anxiously awaiting one calamity after another that failed to occur. The plunge off the so-called fiscal cliff was averted. The … Continue reading