How To Buy Shares

Coping with volatility

When in a bull market or a bear market, it is relatively easy – the key word is relatively, here – to predict the general direction of a stock: up or down. However, in today’s current market volatility, it seems as though guesstimates for a stock movement (or even the whole market!) may as well be

Why trust charts

Any security containing price data over a period of time can be demonstrated in a chart, and this is why charts are the weapons of choice for technical analysts. When certain trends are identified, specific names are given to them. For example, the “head and shoulders” is a name given to a chart pattern that

Japanese Candlesticks – An introduction

Line charts and bar charts are common methods of displaying price information on a chart. However oHowevJapanese Candlesticks are another popular way to interpret charts due to their superior ability to convey crucial information about the price action. There are many Japanese candlestick patterns around, so we will simply introduce the concept of Japanese Candlesticks

Top-down vs bottom-up investing

When deciding what shares to invest in next, many investors select one of two popular types of investing – the top-down or the bottom-up techniques. The approaches are both at stark odds to each other and investors usually heavily favour one approach to the other. But what do these techniques involve – and is one

Confidence and paranoia in the market

One of the most fundamental aspects of investing has nothing to do with charts, prices, financial data or economic news. As most market psychologists will tell you, our emotions can play just as a big role in our investing decisions. It’s ridiculous to think that every investor works without emotion, because emotions are part of

How the sharemarket works

The Australian sharemarket, known as “ASX”, is our nation’s securities exchange. The ASX is the key means through which investors and traders can buy and sell shares within Australia. The Top 200 index The S&P/ASX 200 index is the main benchmark for the Australian equity market. While there are over 2000 shares listed on the

Locking In Profits

Have you ever been in a position where you purchased a stock, and rode it all the way up before the stock came crashing down before your very eyes only to say to yourself, ‘It’s alright, I’ll sell out my position on the bounce back up and realize a smaller profit’…and it never happened, resulting

Share Trading Expectations

Expectation is a factor that new traders must seriously consider and have under control before they embark upon their trading careers. Unfortunately, these days trading has been hijacked by the many and varied ‘operators’ on the internet who promise quick and easy riches. As an exercise, type in the words ‘trading’, ‘profit’ and ‘easy’ into

Beginners Guide – How To Buy Shares

When someone who is new to the market contemplates the question ‘how to buy shares’, they are really asking to different questions; 1. What is the process I need to go through in order to actually purchase shares? and, far more importantly… 2. Which shares should I buy or which companies should I invest in?

What Is Technical Analysis

Our Head of Trading and Research Chris Conway examines what technical analysis is, to read the complete article please click here. Why Technical Analysis? Written by: Chris Conway – Head Of Research & Trading – Australian Stock Report In simple terms, technical analysis is the study of a financial instrument’s price and volume movements. It

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