ASX Education: The Anatomy of Shorting

Each week ASIC publishes a list of stocks that have been “Sold short”. In basic terms it means stocks that have been sold by people who don’t own them. It is not that easy to genuinely short a stock. You can do something similar through CFD accounts which are simply a bet on a price…

The Anatomy of Shorting

WHAT IS SHORTING  Each week ASIC publishes a list of stocks that have been “Sold short”. In basic terms it means stocks that have been sold by people who don’t own them. It is not that easy to genuinely short a stock. You can do something similar through CFD accounts, but I wouldn’t deal with…

ASX Education: The inefficient market hypothesis

INEFFICIENT MARKET HYPOTHESIS You may have heard of ‘EMH’, the ‘efficient market hypothesis’. Anyone who’s read the introduction to any text book on financial theory can tell you all about it. EMH basically says that you can’t beat average returns because the markets are at all times “informationally efficient”, that is to say all prices…

Marcus Today and Life: The Flying Ferret

THE FLYING FERRET I used to own a greyhound. Well, a bunch of us did actually. It was a yuppie post-university indulgence organized by one of the West End wide boys I worked with in my early stockbroking days. He had picked out an Ad in the Greyhound Star for a ‘Sales Trial’ at the…

ASX Education: Ten Investment Rules

I have been writing the Marcus Today newsletter for over twenty years and read something called "Farrell's Rules" over thirty years ago. There is an article about 'Farrell's Ten Rules' below which you might find interesting, but as I read them, I realise they are a bit old, and I'm sure we can do better.…