Australian Unemployment – March Update

The headline Unemployment rate published last week was 5.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis. The fall from 6% the previous month was entirely accounted for by a drop in the participation rate.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (64)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Momo goes slow

There has been reports in the media (BusinessInsider.com) how high momentum stocks such as LinkedIn Twitter and Facebook have recently been selling off. Facebook is down from $72 on March 10th down to $56.95. Twitter - $54.50 is down to $42.45, and LinkedIn from $206 down to $160.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (83)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Adding the Greeks

We have been adding more features to the OzFinancial website to assist clients with analysing their open positions.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (117)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Check the Forward Prices

As we all know that Exchange Traded Options are forward (future) contracts ie they settle on a date in the future, it is good to remember that the option price is based on the future maturity price of the share, not the current price...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (131)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Dividends so far for 2014

For the Calendar year 2014, about 64 of the top 200 stocks have declared a dividend. As cash is always king, it is good to see how much dividends are increasing on a year over year basis.

Cash dividends declared between January and March 2014 have increased by about 10% from a year ago. The increases are dominated by the Top 20 stocks by market capitalization, since their market cap is more than double the remaining 180 stocks.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (229)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

The power of compounding dividends

The XJO index reached a peak of 6828 on the 1st November 2007. With the current level of 5455, it is still 25% below the all-time high...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (253)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Unemployment goes from Bad to Badder

Continuing on from my article regarding unemployment trends (21st January - Australian Unemployment trends ain’t pretty) – things just got worse.
Thursday, February 13, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (240)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

ANZ Perpetual Notes

This morning Australia and New Zealand Banking Group launched a $1 billion fully paid, convertible, redeemable, transferable, non-cumulative, perpetual, unsecured, subordinated notes  issue which will be listed on the ASX (“ANZ Capital Notes 2” or “Notes”).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (322)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Little Interest in Margin Lending

Since the GFC, there has been waning interest from investors for using margin lending (ML).

ML peaked at $41 Billion in December 2007, which has fallen to $11.8 Billion. ML as a percentage of total market capitalization (XAO) has fallen from 2.8% to 0.8%.


Thursday, January 30, 2014/Author: Mike Cornips/Number of views (242)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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