Articles about shares (stocks)

How to End a Losing Streak

A guide to ending your losing streak

As a beginner, there will come a time when your trades crumble and fall apart. For you, everything is in the right place, you did your research, and probably wrote down a plan to steer you through profitability, but the Market seems to be in a bad mood every time you make an entry. Your system worked before, so why isn't it working now?

Stock Market Trading Plan

How to start a trading plan

The stock market can be really harsh to beginners, so apart from research making a trading plan is sensible to guide you through. Unfortunately not all plans work. As a matter of fact, some traders don't even make a plan. They ride the trends instead of trying to analyse the stocks. Whether you want to dive in or write a plan of our own, it doesn't really matter as long its profitable. Every plan or strategy is different from one trader to another, because they use what works for them.

How to start:

Trading for a Living

Should you trade for living?

Traders eventually go full time as they gain experience and earn more money in the process. Knowing the ins and outs of the stock market takes a lot of time, and can only be learned through trial and error. However there are those who prefer trading the market rather than go to a routine 9 to 5 job. Rather than wait for pay day, traders can generate profit every day. But the question is with the uncertainty of the market, is it advisable to leave your day job that provides a steady source of income?

What is the Difference Between a Trading Halt and Suspension from Official Quotation?

The difference between a trading halt and suspenion of offical qoutation

Companies have to make announcements now and then. With the hustle (mostly) and bustle of the stock market, you may need more than the typical tapping on the glass to be heard. Companies have the option to temporarily suspend trades when they have an important announcement to make. This gives investors a breather to evaluate their trading options. A trading halt shares similarities with suspension of official quotation because both stops trading activities related to the company, but they do have a difference in relation to the sequence of events.

Trading Halt

The Intrinsic Value Formula for Stocks

Learn how to calculate the intrinsic value

Stock market trading is a big risk. No matter what your trading capital is money lost is still money lost. So before you buy any stock it’s always important to know if it’s worth your hard earned cash. The problem is with a variety of stocks and the uncertainty of the stock market, its not easy to pull out the good ones from the bad. Fortunately there are ways to find out if a stock has potential.

Intrinsic Value

Dividend Eligibility: How Long do You Need to Own the Shares?

Dividen Eligibility

How long you want to own your shares will depend on what's your goal. If you bought a fully franked stock and want to receive the full dividend amount, you have to hold the stock for 45 days. This excludes the day you made the purchase and the day you sold the stock. More importantly the 45 day rule (plus 2 days) makes you eligible to receive franking credits, if your imputation credits entitlement totals more than $5000. The key is to own the shares in 45 days after the ex-dividend date. You will need 90 days for preference shares.

The 45 Day Rule

What the 45 day rule really means.

Under the 45 day rule applies for larger shareholders if the investor wants to be eligible for franking credits on any franking credits from their dividend. If their total of imputation credits entitlement exceeds $5,000, then they must hold the shares for 45 days + 2 days. This basically means that you can't just buy shares just to get a franking credit and sell them afterwards.

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Investing in IPOs

Everything about IPOs.

You may have first heard of the term IPO during the tech bull market of the late 1990s, the "spring" of the Silicon Valley companies. An initial public offering, or IPO, is the first sale of stock by a company that has gone public. It's an offer by a company of its shares to potential buyers prior to the stock actually being listed on the stock exchange.

Investing Your First $2000

Learn how to invest your first $2000.

Investing makes your money work for you. Some people invest to increase their personal freedom, while others want to retire comfortably and maintain their current standard of living. Investing isn't that hard to do, but there is a learning curve. Once you learn the basics and procedures, you can manage your own finances without hiring a professional.

Here are some things to consider when investing your first $2000:


Dividends for ASX Listed Companies

List of Dividends for ASX Listed Companies

Dividends are distribution payments made by a public company to its stockholders. It's a portion of company profits paid out to shareholders. When the company earns a profit, that money can be put to two uses: it can either be reinvested back into the business, or it can be paid to the shareholders as a dividend. With dividend imputation, if a company pays company tax, the dividends carry a tax credit which can be offset against your tax liability on the dividends. If the company pays the full company tax rate, the dividends are fully franked.

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