Marcus on Life: The Unlucky Country

THE LUCKY COUNTRY  “The Lucky Country” sounds like a nice cuddly description of Australia, but it isn’t. In fact it’s a rather cynical dig. It comes from the title of a Professor Donald Horne book in 1964 called "The Lucky Country". The point he was trying to make was that Australia was “Lucky” rather than…

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ASX Education: London Barrowboys at work

Having spent sixteen years in the UK and four years in Australia sitting on the institutional desks of some major brokers, particularly in the UK, one thing becomes apparent, that share prices don’t go up and down because of the fundamental reasons that commentators and the media obsess over in hindsight, they go up and…

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ASX Education: Best Charting Software

We have had a question about the best charting software on the Marcus Today Stock Discussion Group. There is an article below that was done a few years ago, but some of the responses to the discussion group will probably save you a bit of time: Check out Bullcharts (refer Brendon 02-9495-8400) …also provides live…

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Why Bother

I was studying the latest edition of Marcus Today whilst on holiday when my son asked what I was reading.  Then came the question, “why do you bother?”  Why not invest in some EFTs or in a managed fund and save yourself a lot of time and worry? I’ve been asked that question before and…

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Marcus on the best investment in the world

I have four kids. Three of them are now driving, which means that in the last five years we have gone from a ratio of two taxi drivers being taken for granted by four passengers to five taxi drivers and one passenger. While that has been a huge burden off our taxi driving duties, it…

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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…

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