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Race to $1 Trillion

$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 new investor, market cap is calculated by taking the number of …

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Let’s Review Jim Cramer’s 2000 Stock Picks

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 starts …

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

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 chosen …

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5 Highlights from Reporting Season so far

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 about …

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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?

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 all …

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Afterpay Update: 5 Big Questions from the Recent Merger

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