|Colonial Pioneer Publishing and R.B.Brain
- Consulting are the two business names that I use for my
publishing activity, and my consulting work, respectively. I
have been dabbling with these enterprises in my spare time over
many years (since the mid 1980s), until my mid-life crisis in
early 2008. I turned my spare time leisure activities (share
market and technical analysis) into my full-time activities. Since
then, they have been dominating my interests and activities, based
at my home-office in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
And then in 2015 I moved to semi-retirement and continued these
activities only on a part-time basis.
2008 I started providing support, assistance and tuition to share
market investors and traders. And I now manage Brainy's
Market Toolbox website - an arsenal of weapons to help
you tackle the share market. The Toolbox includes free stuff, plus
a Member-only Premium section.
I have also needed to distinguish my own products and services
from those of others in my field, so I use the old High School
I now run this web-based business on a part-time basis providing
support and tuition to share market investors and traders, and
specialising in supporting BullCharts
(charting) software users. My first share market
seminars - Share Market Boot Camp and Technical Analysis Introduction - ran for
the first time in 2008, and now only occasionally on
demand - there has been less interest in these with the ongoing
ramifications of the GFC. It seems that many long-term
buy-and-hold investors are trying not to think about the losses,
and many are too afraid to go back to the share market and risk
more losses. And it is made more complicated with the lack of
trust and faith in the financial advice industry.
With the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) that commenced in 2008, I
started putting together a slightly different perspective of the
share market, to try to help long-term investors come to grips
with both their recent losses, and also how to manage these bear
market situations going forward. This material is summarised on
this web page:... www.sensibleinvesting.com.au.
And this has been supplemented by the notion of Funda-Technical Analysis.
Over the years, some of the key high-profile activities have
I have a tertiary qualification in Mechanical Engineering,
and 30+ years experience in various industries using
specialist skills and knowledge in the ICT field - Information
and Communications Technology. This includes: automotive
design and manufacture (GMH), cigarette manufacture (Philip
Morris), food manufacture (Plumrose, Edgell, Simplot), retail
(Coles Myer), consulting (WorldGroup Consulting), and in
the printing industry (at Heidelberg Graphic Equipment). When
it comes to computers I have an inherent ability to understand
the software and how to use it very quickly - so I am what we
call a "computer power user" (or perhaps a "computer
nerd"). Hence, I am very proficient in a variety of desktop
software products (including BullCharts
My first share market investment was in the 1980s when I didn't
know much about what I was doing. Like many people, I learnt a
lot very quickly, and didn't make much money at all.
In 1987 I learnt not to trust all financial advisors. I took
advice from one in early 1987 who recommended that I divide up
my small pot of limited wealth and invest in a handful of
managed funds (including a Swiss Trust, and a couple of
country-specific funds). He did not recommend a Japan fund, but
I chose to invest in one anyway. Then the crash of 1987
happened, and all my investments fell - except for my own Japan
fund investment. My conclusion was that with my own research I
might be able to manage my own funds. I have since learnt more
about financial advisors and the ways in which they are
remunerated regardless of the performance of my investments. And
I have learnt to stay away from managed funds.
I then became very seriously interested in the stock market at
about the time of the tech crash (2000-2001), and started using
the Australian BullCharts software for Technical Analysis and share price
charting. I helped to set up the Melbourne BullCharts User Group in 2006, and I have
been the Group's convenor since its inception. The group is now
known as the Australian
User Group. I also joined the ATAA (Australian Technical Analysts Association),
and now hold a Councilor position on the Melbourne ATAA Council,
and I was a volunteer director on the national board from 2009
to 2020. From September 2014 for several months I was the ATAA's
(part-time) Operations Manager, assisting with the day-to-day
operations of the ATAA under the direction of the national board
of the day.
With the computer background, I am very knowledgeable in both
the BullCharts software and Technical Analysis. Today I am
an active but nimble short term investor in both shares and
My core (part-time) business activities include:
past professional activities included:
- Share market analyst and share trader, including CFDs, on
an inter-day basis holding a position for anything from a
few days to many months. My aim is to maximise profits and
minimise losses by selling losing stocks as soon as it is
appropriate, and to let profits run.
- Maintaining my Share
Market Toolbox web site, including the following
- Accumulating a collection of presentations that I
have delivered to various audiences over the years. Most
of these have been prepared for specific-purpose
presentations to groups such as the U3A, ATAA and others.
- Preparing a Weekly
List of the stocks that are on my own watch list. I
am happy to share this for education purposes with my
- Working with the BullCharts
- Preparing and running various training
sessions, workshops and seminars to do with the
share market, Technical Analysis and BullCharts software.
- Working with the Australian
Analysts Association (a not-for-profit association):
- Volunteer state councilor helping to manage the
Melbourne (Victorian) chapter of the ATAA.
- Past director on the national board (for 11 years from
2009 to 2020).
- Web master and past director of the community
I also have access to a network of people who are specialists in
their own right. If there is something that I cannot handle, then
I refer one of my colleagues. The qualifications that have
prepared me for this work are a tertiary qualification (in
engineering), and more than three decades of experience working
professionally in the I.T. industry, including various management
- Assisting people with the use of technology, in particular
contemporary PCs and PC software. This includes:
installation and setup of software, on-site training in
particular software packages, help with using Microsoft
Windows and various Windows software, and general PC
trouble-shooting. And more recently working with supporting
non-Microsoft (Open Source) software such as the free LibreOffice open source office
productivity suite which I can highly recommend.
- Advising and assisting with internet setup, access and
use, including: modems, ISPs, and searching the Internet.
Also advising on network installations, including LAN
and WAN systems and helping with their installation and
- Advising business on the safe and proper use of technology
including: proper computer backups, proper power supply
filtering and UPS equipment, and contingency planning (in
case of disaster).
WHY does Robert keep so busy doing all this, and not simply living
off the proceeds of investments? See why here...
My contact details are included
Should you contact me, I will endeavour to respond as quickly as I
|Robert B. Brain
B.Eng (Mech), MIML
(Member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders)
Share market analyst and Nimble Short Term Investor,
Consultant, former Company Director,
Author, Publisher, Educator and WebMaster.
BullCharts User Group convenor, and
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