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Forget 5am starts and inspirational quotes. Getting rich may be for the lazy

Stop. Just stop. Turn off the alarm and put down the business book. There’s an easier way to build wealth (and we promise no multi-level marketing schemes… which is exactly what a scheme would say…anyway…) There is a story that has become folklore in the market (although almost certainly isn’t true), that Fidelity studied its best performing trading accounts and …

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7 billionaires and the Australian companies they could own

There is a tipping point where large numbers start to lose all meaning. For example, what is the meaningful difference between Bill Gates’ $97 billion and Jeff Bezos’ $131 billion. Is that $34 billion gap making a difference to Gates’ life? What is that $34 billion in practical terms? One way to contextualise it is to ground it in the …

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Why the biggest risk is not investing at all

Often people will argue that the stock market is too risky to invest in. Especially for those of us that grew up in the shadow of the GFC – putting your money at risk seems too much. Far easier to protect your hard earned when it is safely insured in the bank.  The problem with that attitude is that you’re …

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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 …