4 things you need to do before you start investing

A research report from RMIT on women and money in Australia found that 48% of women were not willing to take any financial risks at all. For many women, their hard earned savings is not something they are prepared to risk.

A common perception of your typical investor is what we see in mainstream media from movies like The Wolf of Wall Street. What we aren’t shown is that there are several ways to invest and many of them don’t involve speculating on hot stocks.

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Why volatile markets separate true investors from the rest

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There’s a saying among seasoned pilots that flying can best be described as long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.

Many investors, reeling from the recent pullback in the US sharemarket that commenced on 5 February after the stellar returns of 2017,  would no doubt share these sentiments.

For newer investors who’ve never experienced a share market pullback of this size and speed, the recent movements must have been nerve-wrecking. Media headlines screaming “market rout”, “bloodbath” and “worst point decline in history” certainly didn’t help matters either, stoking fear in the investing public for the sake of clicks, views and readership.   

If you’ve just had your first experience of a sharemarket dip, welcome to the club. Grab a seat and catch your breath. It may be your first market correction but it will almost certainly not to be your last. All-time sharemarket highs followed by the occasional reversal are a feature, not a bug, of long-term investing.

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What your favourite wine says about your investing style

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First things first: if you’re sipping on a beautiful red or white right now, that already says a lot about your awesome personality. Cheers! But it turns out that your favourite tipple gives a lot more away about what type of person you really are – the wine you love might say an awful lot about what sort of investor you are.

Don’t believe us? Let’s get straight into it:
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8 investing habits you can learn from tennis

 

Roger Federer

The 106th Australian Open has been served, volleyed and aced to victory right here in Melbourne, and that’s why it’s forehands, breakpoints and double faults are on our minds.

The combination of Aryna Sabalenka’s ridiculously loud grunting at Melbourne Park and the tantalising $4 million taken home by the men’s and women’s singles champions really got us thinking. Winning big sports tournaments like the Australian Open and succeeding in investing really are similar in many ways.

Both the Australian Open tennis champion and a successful investor …

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6 investing mistakes young Australians make

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Ask a seasoned Australian investor, and they will have little doubt about why they put their money to work. They’re thinking about retirement, paying off homes and giving their kids a financial boost, building great businesses – building wealth.

But when it comes to younger Australians, it’s more challenging to encourage them to start making smart investment choices. The vast majority don’t invest at all, with many saying they can’t afford it or simply don’t know enough.

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What you should know about buying and trading bitcoin

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If the surging popularity of Bitcoin has somehow passed you by, you may have been living under a rock. The cryptocurrency’s value has skyrocketed this year from $1,341 in January to a new high of around $25,000 (in Australian dollars) this month. It’s not a surprise Bitcoin is on everyone’s lips, and many are wondering if they should try their luck trading bitcoin.

Here are a few things you should be wary of before buying or trading bitcoin.

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What’s the difference between a dividend and a distribution?

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Investing can be intimidating especially with all the jargon thrown around. Capital gains! Efficient market hypothesis! Rate of return!

Thankfully, you don’t need a PhD to be a successful investor.  But, there are a few terms you should familiarise yourself with on your journey to financial security.  Two of the more confusing are dividends and distributions.  Often these terms are used interchangeably, even though they have very different meanings.

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