Upfront Investor | My Thoughts on Additional Share Issues….

Over the many years I have been assisting people from all walks of life to invest in the market I am often asked what I think about companies raising capital through additional share issues. My first and official response is that such a decision must meet market regulations. I also believe that any such action  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Are the Banks Predicting a Housing Price Decline?

Interest rates still on hold? On the one hand we are being told our economy is one of the strongest around the globe and that the housing market has picked up incredibly well in some of the bigger Australian cities, with median values adding another 2.4% in Sydney and 1.2% in Melbourne last month. On  […read more]

Upfront Investor | A Controversial Proposal….

An interesting report landed on my desk this week titled ‘Balancing Budgets: Tough Choices We Need’, published by an independent think tank called the Grattan Institute. The author, John Daley has suggested several ways the Government could add around $37 billion to its budget and shore up the current deficit, including broadening the GST to  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Radical Changes Ahead for BHP?

Perhaps you believe that you are unlikely to influence the direction a listed company takes, however, rather than sitting on the sidelines I encourage you to make your views known to company boards. To do this first buy the shares and then attend shareholder meetings to have a say. Ian Dunlop, former executive at Royal  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Free Yourself from Debt to Build Real Wealth

Could Australia be headed for a US style government shutdown? During the week Joe Hockey announced that Australia’s debt ceiling (or as I call it – credit card limit) needs to be increased to a proposed $500 billion (from the current $300 billion limit) in order to stave off a halting of government services including  […read more]

Five tips for a great work/life balance….

A work-life balance is something many dream of yet few people ever achieve despite the countless number of books that have been written on the subject. Why is this so? Many students of our Diploma of Share Trading and Investing who have set achieving a work-life balance as a goal talk of one common theme,  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Crucial Factors for Investment Success….

When it comes to making an investment decision there are two overriding and crucial factors that you must consider before you sign on the dotted line. Firstly, you must ensure you are dealing with a reputable company and/or representative. Secondly you must fully understand the implications of a potential investment. That is, it’s important you  […read more]

Upfront Investor | US Investors Riding a Debt Wave….

It’s not just the US government that is cranking up debt levels, we are seeing US investors, spurred on by a rising share market, once again leveraging their investments to increase exposure to the US market. Currently, debt levels over US equities are back into record territory, at around $400 billion US dollars, surpassing the  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Why IPO’s Are Bad News…

The IPO world is once again aflutter with news that Twitter (pun intended), the 140 character limit, social media, text message service is set to list on the New York Stock Exchange. Not surprisingly, the big wigs of Wall Street are currently schmoozing potential investors on the idea of this latest float but it’s going  […read more]

Start a Trading ‘Franchise’ Business

It’s a well-known fact around 80% of start-up small businesses fail within the first couple of years. The reasons for such an alarming stat are varied but when you take a closer look at core issues it generally boils down to people starting a new business not having proper systems in place to run their  […read more]