Share Market Wrap 22nd Sept 06 Comment on CFDs

It seems that CFDs have been a ‘hot’ topic for a while with articles and ads promoting how easy it is to make money from this instrument. However, in my experience the people electing to trade CFDs simply do have the knowledge or the skill to trade them. In fact a number of CFD providers  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 15 Sept 06

In the current calendar year there are plenty of people who have achieved flat or even negative portfolio returns. Although investors do not like this, they must realise that whenever they invest directly there will always be times when their portfolio will do exceptionally well whilst at other times the returns will be flat or  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 1st Sep 2006

The reporting season is now over which means we will finally see some normality in our market. Although it is interesting to note that the reporting season often brings some surprising outcomes to a companies share price. BHP, for example, announced the largest profit achieved by any company in Australia yet the stock traded down  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 21 Aug 06

To sell or not to sell, that is the question the government has been struggling with for some time in regard to Telstra and they are not alone in this decision as many thousands of private investors are struggling with whether to hold or sell their shares and get out with what cash they have  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 11 Aug 06

Telstra is once gain a major highlight in the news as the company continues to under perform the market. While Telstra is a favourite with many investors, I do not believe it is a good investment. Let’s face it since T2 was offered in 1999 the share has failed to perform falling nearly 52%, which  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 4th Aug 06

It is interesting how financial commentators always take a microscopic view of the market. The announcement of a rise in interest rates this week was no surprise, yet many are claiming that the fall in the share market on Wednesday was as a result of this announcement. However, the fall on Wednesday was no greater  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 28 July 06

I never thought I would see the day when bananas are considered the cause of a rising inflation – but here we are. It seems that the rising cost of bananas, together with rising oil prices are responsible for the greater than expected CPI increase in the June quarter. While I expect oil prices to  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 21 July 06

The spotlight has been firmly on media stocks in the last week since the government announced reforms to the industry. In my opinion, however, the reforms have sparked an over reaction as people anticipate possible takeovers and mergers. No doubt there will be some opportunities that will emerge, but I think these will be fewer  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 14th July 06

When it comes to the share market the contrarian view has a great deal of merit, particularly as many people are expecting the bull market to continue in the next year. But let’s face it, if the majority believe the market is bullish then we can safely assume that pretty much everyone has bought in  […read more]

Share Market Wrap 7 July 2006


The end of the financial year always brings a mountain of analysis on how the share market and managed funds have performed for the preceding year. The All ordinaries Index achieved growth of 19.01% to 30 June 06 with the majority of this growth coming from the top 20 shares at 17.07%. In the first  […read more]