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Trading & Investing

A limited option? How & why the options landscape has changed in Australia

Although the Australian options market as we know it commenced operations in February 1976, options have been around for many hundreds of years. In...

Trading & Investing

The disruptive world of lithium

The long term drivers of lithium look very promising with the inevitable increase of electric vehicles (EV) given government incentives/policies, the...

Trading & Investing

Gearing up for Growth

At the peak of the market pre-GFC, RBA data reveals Australian investors held over $40 billion in margin loans – at the end of 2016, despite several...

Trading & Investing

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...