This is the history of changes… see the full Toolbox…

This is the history of changes to Brainy’s Share Market Toolbox. See the full Toolbox for all the Share Market Tools…

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18 Jan 2018 – Updated the “Your stock universe” web page

After much discussion in our Melbourne BullCharts User Group meeting last night, I have added much more material to my recently new  Your Stock Universe web page. See the details there, including some thoughts and tips on all of:

  • Large cap stocks, versus mid-cap, and small cap stocks.
  • Blue chip stocks – good luck looking for a list.
  • Sector-specific focus for investing/trading?
  • Thoughts on stock liquidity – whether to include them in one of your Stock Universe lists or not.
  • Tools to help you find your preferred category of stocks (including the Australian BullCharts).

Good luck with your trading / investing.

Robert B Brain

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10 Jan 2018 – Added cryptocurrencies to the “Which instrument” web page

I have now added a little information about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to the Financial instruments web page. I will progressively add more information over time.

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5 Jan 2018 – What is your “stocks universe” when you invest or trade?

Many investors and traders easily get side tracked looking at the latest fads or new ideas. Sometimes it can pay to stay safe and stay within our own “Stocks universe”. But what is it? How do we define it?

There is very little guidance about devising your “stock universe”, so I thought I should start gathering thoughts. I have put them into a new web page.

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2 Jan 2018 – List of LIQUID STOCKS and WHICH STOCKS IN WHICH INDEX? are now completed for December

Every month, after the end of trading for the month, I update two key sets of information in the Share Market Toolbox:- Stock Liquidity, and Which Stocks in Which Index:

  1. Stock LIQUIDITY – Out of the 2000+ stocks on the Aussie market, only about 400 of them trade at least 50 times per day on average. Many traders and investors are not comfortable dealing in stocks that trade less then 50 times per day, because it would worsen the chance of selling the stock quickly if you need to (another measure is the total value traded per day, but not considered here). See more details and my updated list of Liquid Stocks.
  2. Which stocks are in which index? – Exactly which stocks are currently in which of the ten major Australian share market indexes? See my freshly updated list in the Toolbox.

Happy investing /trading
Robert B Brain (aka Brainy)
and watch out for the sharks in the ocean!

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22 Dec 2017 – This year’s Santa Rally details updated

I have been posting updates on the so-called Santa Rally for a few years now, and each year about this time I look out for the possible occurrence of the same in the current season.

The Aussie share market saw a rally from early October, and we are now watching to see if there might be a proper Santa rally in the days ahead. You can see the latest price chart for our local market index here.

But, exactly what is a Santa Rally, as defined by Yale Hirsch (in 1972)? See more details here.

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20 Dec 2017 – Why do people spend so much time on it? … It’s the journey…

Why do some people spend so much more time than others on their investing research?

Some people spend hours pouring over spreadsheet models that are full of assumptions and guesses, whilst other people spend very little or no time on this activity.

Some people spend many hours on the property research, looking for the next ideal investment property. But why do they do this when many other property investors don’t?

Some people spend a lot of time researching company background and fundamentals, while others don’t.

Why is it so?

Well, it took me a long time to put my finger on it, to be able to explain it simply.

It’s the Journey.

Investors and traders spend time on the activities that they enjoy. Stamp collectors spend time collecting stamps because they enjoy it. Company financial modellers enjoy playing around with their spreadsheets. The eventual destination is important, but the journey to get there is also very important.

I am progressively adding this bit of information to relevant pages in my Share Market Toolbox website. You can see one recently new reference to it on the web page “Balance the time on research on investing”.

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20 Dec 2017 – Share Market Ready web page updated.

The “Are you Share Market Ready?” web page in the Toolbox has been there since 2008, with updates and tweaks from time to time. This week I tweaked it a little more.

If you have not yet seen the “Share Market Ready” web page, you can see it here.

One of the tweaks is item 14 “Your Stocks Universe” under the heading (A) Preparation.

Happy investing / trading

Robert B Brain (aka “Brainy”)

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