Upfront Investor | Free Trade Certainly Not ‘Fair Trade’….

While our Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave a speech at the G20 espousing the virtues of free trade, many Australians are still confused about the whole trade equation and struggle to see how we don’t end up losing out as many of our trading partners still slap hefty tariffs on our goods. It shouldn’t just  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Drop the ‘Gamblers’ Approach….

While it is quite common to see uneducated investors with portfolios containing stocks that are low priced with low liquidity, what I often find is these same people would never consider buying into property assets that could be similarly classed, being located outside of major capital cities. Doesn’t this lead you to question how there  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Qantas in a Tailspin….

Qantas, the once mighty national carrier, has suffered another blow, with its credit rating being downgraded to junk status by a second ratings agency inside a month. The ratings agency Moody’s pushed Qantas’ rating below investment grade citing a sharp deterioration in the airline’s core domestic business due to aggressive competition from rival Virgin Australia.  […read more]

Upfront Investor | Wotif Takes a Dive….

If typically on our market one would see a third of the stocks rising, one third tracking sideways and the other third falling, it is clear to see where online bookings company Wotif (WTF) fits in. What most won’t see though is how the stock has been indicating for some time that investors could be  […read more]

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]