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For the record: May 2009

May 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Well it is time to reflect once again on some of the stock positions I have taken over the last 6 months or so. Although this is often a painful experience, I would suggest to anyone who invests in shares to regularly reflect on how their portfolio is tracking and revisit the reasons why they purchased (or sold) a particular stock. Often we can learn a little about our own investing style if we have a brutal look at our past investments and this may help us make better investment decisions in the future.

Stockwatch: Prime Ag Australia Limited (PAG)

April 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The current economic downturn has taken a lot of the focus off soft commodities, but if you believe that over the long term that prices for wheat, cotton and beef etc. will rise again than investing in quality farmland may be good investment option. One way investors can do this is via a recently listed company: Prime Ag Australia Limited.

Stockwatch: Global Mining Investments (GMI)

March 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

The problem with picking which mining stock to invest in is that you really need to know something about mining or you need to be getting advice from someone that does. Unfortunately most of the analysts out there covering companies like BHP and RIO do not have any qualifications in disciplines such as mining engineering or geology, and for me that is like having a stock broker tick-off the pre-flight checklist on an aircraft I am just about to fly in. He might be a smart guy, but personally I would prefer someone who knows about aeroplanes up in the cockpit thanks.

Stockwatch: Listed Investment Companies

January 19th, 2009 · 4 Comments

As many investors would already know, Listed Investment Companies (LIC’s) can be a relatively straight forward way to diversify a shares or investment portfolio. There are many different types of LIC’s trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and these can give an investors exposure to a diversified range of assets.

Stockwatch: QBE Insurance Group Limited (QBE)

January 3rd, 2009 · 7 Comments

QBE Insurance Group (ASX.QBE) is an Australian general insurer that over the long term, has been good to investors. However the stock price has not been immune from the recent stock market rout and the share price was clipped from a 52 week high of over $33 in late 2007 to under $20 in March 2008.

Stockwatch: Amcor Limited (AMC)

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

There are few major Australian companies that have had their shares subjected to as many sell ratings over the years as Amcor (AMC). Over the last 2 or 3 years when the stock market was booming almost nobody rated AMC as a buy, and more often than not it was marked as a sell. (and seldom a hold) But there just might be some life left in the company yet.

Defensive stocks for tough times.

October 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

In bear markets we often hear a lot about so called defensive stocks, but what exactly are defensive stocks and are the traditional defensive stocks still a good option in this particular bear market?

For the record: July 2008

July 24th, 2008 · No Comments

One thing that really annoys me about many financial journalists and market commentators is they often imply that that they have some unique insight into the market, yet they rarely disclose how they took advantage of their wisdom.

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