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5 things you might not know about warrants

I must confess that I’m writing this blog from a position of ignorance. Contrary to the adage, it’s not bliss; it makes me uncomfortable to know there...

Trading & Investing Industry Talk Market Updates

Grow Ahead of the Curve

I’ve written a couple of times about the emergence of the Exchange Traded Managed Funds – which to complicate things, have also been going by the moni...

Industry Talk

Ethics & stockbroking in a post FOFA world

My first brush with a lack of ethics in financial advice was some years ago, before I worked in the industry. I’d received an inheritance that was to ...

Industry Talk

Top 3 listed investment trends to watch in 2017

Scrolling through LinkedIn last week, I was shocked by a headline – ‘Passive to overtake active in US by 2024, says Moody’s’. Wowza! A fair chunk of m...

Trading & Investing Fintech Innovation

Social trading: a social approach to trading in the 21st century

Anything with the word social in its name gets my immediate attention. Social investing conjures an image of a group of like-minded people sitting aro...

Trading & Investing Industry Talk Fintech Innovation

Chi-X: securities trading with cutting-edge technology

I was interested to watch John Fildes interviewed by OpenMarkets for a blog in December 2015. When describing the entry of Chi-X to the Australian mar...

Trading & Investing

Own your age in bonds

A rule of thumb coined by John Bogle, founder of global asset manager Vanguard, is that your bond allocation should roughly equal your age. While clea...

Trading & Investing

Managed Accounts: a marathon, not a sprint

Before there were managed accounts there were platforms – largely master trusts and wraps. The earliest, Asgard, has been around since 1985, but it wa...

Trading & Investing

What is all the fuss about Dividends?

Many of my clients know how much I love dividends and the franking credits attached to them. So I thought I should go over them again after reading re...

Trading & Investing

XTBs: Fintech zeitgeist opens door to corporate bonds

The launch of exchange traded bond funds in the Australian market significantly lagged their equity counterparts. There were a lot of ropes to jump, b...

Trading & Investing

What is Fixed Income?

It surprised me to learn that the fixed income market is the largest securities market in the world, eclipsing sharemarkets by a fair margin. But when...

Trading & Investing Fintech Innovation

How Acorns 'invest your loose change' app works

My 19 year old son has a beer can next to his bed into which he lobs his loose change. Last week he took it to the bank and excitedly told me it was n...