Unrealistic Returns and Benchmarks

I was watching local Australian TV the other day and I cringed when I heard saw an advertisement for investment properties and this voice over stated:

xxx returned 109% over three years for their investors – try to match that with a bank.

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Google Competitor Analysis

A future competitor analysis for Google

Investing In Web 2.0

Dot Coms are having their second boom according to this CNN article. Of course - this is an article for INVESTORS so in the article it notes that "... you still have to follow the basic rules of sound investing. Don't buy a "story" stock if you don't understand the story. Don't invest just because you heard a pick on TV--or, dare we say, read it in a magazine. Look for profits, sound financials, and reasonable prospects for growth. Pay attention to valuation. Make sure you know the bear case--the arguments against buying the stock. And most important of all, devote only a small portion of the cash you're investing to a hot area like Internet stocks." We're traders (although a portion of our portfolio is in investment mode, this blog is about trading), so we'll ignore a lot of those maxims and place our trust in technical indicators and charting.

Greed, The CEO and the Investor: Shareholders Best Interests

Who looks after whose interests? Greed and fear runs the markets, do they operate on the CEO too? Mark Cuban, a self made billionaire - rarely heard about in Australia, but nonetheless, being a billionaire has earned a little of my respect revealed some of his views recently about the disconnect between the CEO and shareholders. Can shareholders safely assume that the company CEO is working towards the shareholders' interests? In the view of the billionaire who made his cash on the back of dot com success and now owns the Mavericks NBA basketball team, there is a conflict in today's CEOs intentions that may harm the shareholder's bottom line.

CommSec Captial Japan - Expand Your Horizons - Funds

I received an offer to join the Capital Japan Fund from CommSec. The promotional sheet says: "Japan is not only the world's second-largest economy - it's also home to leading global companies like Toyota, Canon, Sony and Nissan. But it hasn't always been easy for Australian investors to take advantage of Japan's growth opportunities. Which stocks should I choose? What about foreign exchange? And is my investment capital safe? These are some of the doubts that have stopped Australians from investing in Japan." I'm not an investor, so I don't know if this would be a good place to park your cash. I'm not - but for others it may be an opportunity to consider. But there is an indication that the Japanese market is on the path to recovery. This recovery path may uncover new trading opportunities.

The Argument for Investment - Turning $1000 investment into $131,666 in Three Years

I like trading, because I can make a decent living out of it. But although money can come easy through trading after some hard work learning how to trade and planning and executing your trading plans you hear the odd story of how investment is way better than trading actively. There was a stock that in the last three years that would have allowed you to grow an initial $1000 investment into $131,666 or alternatively if you picked the "other stock" you would have earned $107,432 in three years by simply sitting on your hands. No trading plans, no time going in and out of trades as well as analysing them. the two stocks? Uranium explorer Paladin and Fortescue Metals. Rise in price had been fuelled by sheer growth as neither pays dividends.

Are You Billionaire Material? Buffet-style Investing Quiz

Buffet is arguably the best investor in the world. His investment style ("Buffet Style Investing) is revered and many books and other media worship his techniques and way of thinking. We have a six question quiz to check if you are billionaire material, and have a similar way of thinking in your style of investing.

But remember - you are on a share trading website - so basically the quiz answers are aimed for an investors mind. However, there are answers in there that a trader would typically answer in those situations. Investing is itself a skill, just like trading and the answers may surprise most people.

Buying Stocks (Shares) Direct From the Company

Quite a few people have asked me why the public can't buy stock direct from the issuing company? Why does it have to be done through a stock broker?

Basically companies create stock to raise capital for their business to reinvest into a project or plan. So the shares they create exist in the market for the public to trade - buy and sell. When the company wishes to raise more capital it may decide to issue more shares. So the number of shares on issue are limited in number.

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