ASX Education: Listed Investment Companies

Listed Investment Companies, known as LICs, are effectively a managed fund with the main difference being that they are traded on the ASX like a share instead of being unlisted and traded through the fund manager’s administration system. So for one trade, on the ASX, through an LIC, you can buy a portfolio of shares…

ASX: BUY HOLD SELL – GMG

Goodman Group is a global integrated property company, engaged in owning, developing and managing industrial property and business space in the markets across the world. The principal activities are investment in directly and indirectly held industrial property, property services, property development (including development management) and fund management. GMG’s segments include Australia and New Zealand, Asia,…

ASX Education: What Is The Average Return?

We had a question on the Marcus Today Stock Discussion Group on Facebook asking: “Silly question but Marcus mentioned the average market return is about 9%, I assume that is capital growth and dividends included?” (By the way there are no silly questions – we welcome all questions in the stock discussion group) When I…

Stock Market news: Fear And Greed

The S&P 500 has recently ticked a couple of sell signals on RSI and MACD (highlighted below). Despite that, fear or volatility is benign – here is the VIX (volatility) index that is used as a barometer of fear and greed – it is not predictive but does highlight when the market is “comfortable” (now)…

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…

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…

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…

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…