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Pardon the Jargon #2: 5 more terms you should know

Investing jargon. We hate it. Nothing makes it harder for new investors to get started than overcoming the wave of acronyms and terminology that comes with investing. In episode 67 (listen here) we broke down 5 key investing terms. In this blog post we break them down further, and include a lot of the detail we couldn’t include in the …

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Technical Trading Insights From A Professional Trader

18/07/2018 If you haven’t already, you must go and listen to Episode #60 – “An Expert Reviews Our Trades” to get the full context for this blog post. In a nutshell, Equity Mates were given some money from Stake, to participate in a two week trading competition with a bunch of financial journalists, to beta test their new trading app. …

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Using housing to learn key investing terms

In Episode 52 of the podcast (listen here), Andrew Brown used the analogy of owning and renting a house to better understand some key investing terms. We thought it was a useful explanation, so we put it in a blog post for you to use and refer back to, to help you understand there terms. This post is a bit …

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How To Identify An Excellent Business – 9 Key Questions from Buffett

25/05/2018 What would Warren Buffett do? It’s the age old question all value-investors ask themselves when it comes to stock picking. Thankfully Warren’s daughter-in-law wrote a book called Buffettology that explores the techniques that have made Warren the world’s most famous investor. Back in episodes 46, 47 and 48 -“How to think Like Warren Buffett” Parts 1-1, we explore 9 …

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Put Your Money To Work – Alternative Investment Avenues

18/05/2018 You don’t have to be a genius to make money from investments. When it comes to investing, Australia is a very bricks and mortar country, meaning we love property. It’s all the rage, and don’t get me wrong, historically it’s been a very rewarding form of investment. But affording a house is a monumental task, especially if you’re living …

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7 Common Mistakes To Avoid When You Start Investing

22/03/2018 You’re at a party, and after a few drinks your friend lets it slip they’ve “actually just invested in TechHub Ltd, apparently one of the hottest tech startups in Australia at the moment.” “Oh right!” you say, this being one of the first times you’ve heard your friend talk about investing. “What does it do?” “Oh, you know, something …

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5 Highlights from Reporting Season so far

24/02/2018 In Australia we have two main reporting seasons, February and September. This is when publicly traded companies announce their half year (February) and full year (September) trading results to the market. It is a good opportunity to review your investments and to consider whether your investment thesis still holds. It can also be a fascinating time as interesting stories …

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Understanding Volatility

16/02/2018 After two over-1000 point drops of the Dow Jones last week, a term has come back into use around markets: volatility. This term is probably unfamiliar for a lot of new investors so we thought we’d take the opportunity to dig in and learn a bit more about it ourselves. Volatility – A statistical measure of the dispersion of …

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Pardon the Jargon #1: Breaking Down 5 Key Terms

14/10/2017 Here at Equity Mates, we’re trying to break down barriers and help everyone get started on their investing journey. A common issue for beginning investors is the confusion caused by all the different investing terminology. So to help we’re introducing a new segment, Pardon the Jargon. This blog post explains the 5 terms we covered in Episode 20 of …

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I want to buy some shares! But How?

10/08/2018 We’ve helped you on your way to finding your first company to invest in. But it’s pointless if you have no idea how to actually buy your shares! Have no fear, it’s as easy as shopping online. Your broker is your best friend Rather than knocking on the doors of a company with a wad of cash or a chequebook …

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How do I find a good company? Your complete guide

16/04/2017 Finding opportunities to invest can often be the hardest part but there are plenty of resources available to help you. As with anything, the more you practice looking for companies, and the more you become aware of opportunities, the easier your investing will become. There is no magic formula, and it is entirely up to you to decide but …

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Do Leadership Spills Move Markets?

Australia has a new Prime Minister, once again the top job was taken through an internal party spill rather than at the ballot box. Of our last 5 Prime Ministers, the majority (Gillard, Turnbull, Morrison) have become PM through internal party politics rather than by the will of the voters. On the politics, there isn’t much more we can add …

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Like, Share, Comment, Delete: Social Media’s Rough Week

02/08/2018 Why Facebook and Twitter both fell over 20% last week. It is reporting season once again in America, as companies report their 2nd quarter (April-June) results to the market. What caught our attention was the performance of the world’s largest social media companies – Facebook and Twitter – that both saw their share prices fall despite reports that didn’t …

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Technical Trading Insights From A Professional Trader

18/07/2018 If you haven’t already, you must go and listen to Episode #60 – “An Expert Reviews Our Trades” to get the full context for this blog post. In a nutshell, Equity Mates were given some money from Stake, to participate in a two week trading competition with a bunch of financial journalists, to beta test their new trading app. …

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Using housing to learn key investing terms

In Episode 52 of the podcast (listen here), Andrew Brown used the analogy of owning and renting a house to better understand some key investing terms. We thought it was a useful explanation, so we put it in a blog post for you to use and refer back to, to help you understand there terms. This post is a bit …

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Race to $1 Trillion

19/07/2018 $1 Trillion. $1,000,000,000,000. One thousand billion. One million million. It’s a big number. Amongst some of the biggest companies in the world, the race is on to be the first company with a market cap of $1 trillion. No company in history has ever reached this milestone before. For the new investor, the market cap is calculated by taking …

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Spotify’s going public and it doesn’t need any help

20/03/2018 Save the date – April 3 – Spotify is going public. The company has ruffled some feathers by choosing to cut investment bankers out of the process. Instead of an Initial Public Offering, they are going public via a Direct Public Offering. We thought we’d put together a quick blog post explaining the company and the different way they have …

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5 Highlights from Reporting Season so far

24/02/2018 In Australia we have two main reporting seasons, February and September. This is when publicly traded companies announce their half year (February) and full year (September) trading results to the market. It is a good opportunity to review your investments and to consider whether your investment thesis still holds. It can also be a fascinating time as interesting stories …

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Understanding Volatility

16/02/2018 After two over-1000 point drops of the Dow Jones last week, a term has come back into use around markets: volatility. This term is probably unfamiliar for a lot of new investors so we thought we’d take the opportunity to dig in and learn a bit more about it ourselves. Volatility – A statistical measure of the dispersion of …

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I want to buy some shares! But How?

10/08/2018 We’ve helped you on your way to finding your first company to invest in. But it’s pointless if you have no idea how to actually buy your shares! Have no fear, it’s as easy as shopping online. Your broker is your best friend Rather than knocking on the doors of a company with a wad of cash or a chequebook …

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NDQ: NASDAQ 100 Exchange Traded Fund

19/07/2017 This was the only way we could end our tech-tacular! After all that talk about the big tech companies and some of the developments coming down the pipeline, we wanted to showcase a way to get exposure to the sector. This exchange-traded fund is a great way to invest in those trends. NDQ holds a basket of the 100 …

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Equity Mates Book Review – Warren Buffett’s Ground Rules

29/06/2017 Equity Mates Book Review #2 Warren Buffett’s Ground Rules – Jeremy Miller Warren Buffett with Jeremy Miller, the author of Ground Rules Michael Steinhardt, one of the great investors, once said of Warren Buffett that, “he is the greatest PR person of recent times.” If the number of books written about him were any indication then Steinhardt may be …

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Equity Mates Book Review – Warren Buffett’s Ground Rules

29/06/2017 Equity Mates Book Review #2 Warren Buffett’s Ground Rules – Jeremy Miller Warren Buffett with Jeremy Miller, the author of Ground Rules Michael Steinhardt, one of the great investors, once said of Warren Buffett that, “he is the greatest PR person of recent times.” If the number of books written about him were any indication then Steinhardt may be …

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Equity Mates Book Review – Margin of Safety

11/06/2017 Equity Mates Book Review #1 Margin of Safety – Seth A. Klarman Listen to our review in Episode 11 If you are interested in value investing, Seth Klarman is a name you need to know. While Warren Buffett has become synonymous with the value investing ethos Klarman may one day be looked at in the same light. He’s already …

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Do Leadership Spills Move Markets?

Australia has a new Prime Minister, once again the top job was taken through an internal party spill rather than at the ballot box. Of our last 5 Prime Ministers, the majority (Gillard, Turnbull, Morrison) have become PM through internal party politics rather than by the will of the voters. On the politics, there isn’t much more we can add …

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Pardon the Jargon #2: 5 more terms you should know

Investing jargon. We hate it. Nothing makes it harder for new investors to get started than overcoming the wave of acronyms and terminology that comes with investing. In episode 67 (listen here) we broke down 5 key investing terms. In this blog post we break them down further, and include a lot of the detail we couldn’t include in the …

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Like, Share, Comment, Delete: Social Media’s Rough Week

02/08/2018 Why Facebook and Twitter both fell over 20% last week. It is reporting season once again in America, as companies report their 2nd quarter (April-June) results to the market. What caught our attention was the performance of the world’s largest social media companies – Facebook and Twitter – that both saw their share prices fall despite reports that didn’t …

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Race to $1 Trillion

19/07/2018 $1 Trillion. $1,000,000,000,000. One thousand billion. One million million. It’s a big number. Amongst some of the biggest companies in the world, the race is on to be the first company with a market cap of $1 trillion. No company in history has ever reached this milestone before. For the new investor, the market cap is calculated by taking …

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Let’s Review Jim Cramer’s 2000 Stock Picks

11/04/2018 We recently stumbled upon a speech Jim Cramer gave at the height of the tech stock market bubble (in 2000) picking his top 10 stocks. Cramer, at the time, was a noted hedge fund manager and has gone on to become a bestselling author and host of CNBC’s Mad Money. In all, a very well respected investor. This post …

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Spotify’s going public and it doesn’t need any help

20/03/2018 Save the date – April 3 – Spotify is going public. The company has ruffled some feathers by choosing to cut investment bankers out of the process. Instead of an Initial Public Offering, they are going public via a Direct Public Offering. We thought we’d put together a quick blog post explaining the company and the different way they have …

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5 Highlights from Reporting Season so far

24/02/2018 In Australia we have two main reporting seasons, February and September. This is when publicly traded companies announce their half year (February) and full year (September) trading results to the market. It is a good opportunity to review your investments and to consider whether your investment thesis still holds. It can also be a fascinating time as interesting stories …

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Moats: What are they and why should I care?

It is often said, investors should look for companies with moats. Now everyone knows what a moat is literally, but outside of European castles and celebrities homes in LA, it’s tough to find a moat these days.

So what do we mean when we talk about a moat in an investing context?

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Have you paid you stupid tax?

03/09/2017 Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) are all the rage in investing circles these days. For those readers new to investing, an ETF is something you can invest in that gives you access to a variety of stocks with one purchase. Rather than buying one company on the stock market, you can buy an ETF – which gives you exposure to …

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Afterpay Update: 5 Big Questions from the Recent Merger

19/07/2017 Big news for our stock of the week pick Afterpay. As a quick refresher – Afterpay is an online payments company that partners with online retailers and allows shoppers to pay purchases off in instalments without incurring any interest payments. By way of an example –  want to buy a $1000 jacket? With Afterpay that jacket is now $250 …

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Afterpay Update: 5 Big Questions from the Recent Merger

19/07/2017 Big news for our stock of the week pick Afterpay. As a quick refresher – Afterpay is an online payments company that partners with online retailers and allows shoppers to pay purchases off in instalments without incurring any interest payments. By way of an example –  want to buy a $1000 jacket? With Afterpay that jacket is now $250 …

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NDQ: NASDAQ 100 Exchange Traded Fund

19/07/2017 This was the only way we could end our tech-tacular! After all that talk about the big tech companies and some of the developments coming down the pipeline, we wanted to showcase a way to get exposure to the sector. This exchange-traded fund is a great way to invest in those trends. NDQ holds a basket of the 100 …

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BEAR: Australian Equities Bear Hedge Fund

11/06/2017 Purchase date: 9/05/2017 Price: $15.10 There has been an increasing number of news stories, professional opinions and commentary coming to light over the past couple of months warning of another potential market correction (a fall in the value of the market). The timing of this correction is still uncertain, but it made us think – what can we do …

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Afterpay (ASX: AFY)

01/06/2017 Afterpay (ASX:AFY) Purchase price: $2.55 For our fourth Stock of the Week we dive into the fintech industry, and take a chance with Afterpay (ASX: AFY). We say ‘take a chance’ because there are a lot of great things about Afterpay, but in an industry where there are some big players – Amazon, PayPal and the big banks – …

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Australian Agricultural Company (AAC)

16/04/2017 Purchase Date: 12th April 2017 Price: $1.68 This week we have chosen Australian Agricultural Company (AAC) as our stock of the week. AAC is a vertically integrated beef producer that focuses particularly onhigh-qualityy beef for export markets. They are Australia’s largest beef producer and they have the largest Wagyu beef herd in the world. Here at Equity Mates we …

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PM Capital Global Opportunities Fund (PGF)

26/03/2017 ASX Code: PGF Purchase Date: 21.03.2017 Price: $0.98 This week’s stock of the week is PM Capital Global Opportunities Fund (PGF). PGF is a listed investment company (LIC) that aims to create long term wealth for investors by investing in 25-45 global companies. They look for companies that are trading at a value different to their intrinsic value (i.e. …

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Gateway Lifestyle Group (ASX: GTY)

04/03/2017 Purchase date – 16/2/2017 Purchase price – $2.01 The first stock of the week is Gateway Lifestyle Group. Gateway offers an alternative to the traditional retirement village by offering retirees the opportunity to design their own dream home for living in one of Gateway’s 53 retirement communities. These communities are primarily located outside major city centres and are targeted …

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Do Leadership Spills Move Markets?

Australia has a new Prime Minister, once again the top job was taken through an internal party spill rather than at the ballot box. Of our last 5 Prime Ministers, the majority (Gillard, Turnbull, Morrison) have become PM through internal party politics rather than by the will of the voters. On the politics, there isn’t much more we can add …

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Pardon the Jargon #2: 5 more terms you should know

Investing jargon. We hate it. Nothing makes it harder for new investors to get started than overcoming the wave of acronyms and terminology that comes with investing. In episode 67 (listen here) we broke down 5 key investing terms. In this blog post we break them down further, and include a lot of the detail we couldn’t include in the …

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Race to $1 Trillion

19/07/2018 $1 Trillion. $1,000,000,000,000. One thousand billion. One million million. It’s a big number. Amongst some of the biggest companies in the world, the race is on to be the first company with a market cap of $1 trillion. No company in history has ever reached this milestone before. For the new investor, the market cap is calculated by taking …

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