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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 …