|Colonial Pioneer Publishing and R.B.Brain
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
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.
providing support, assistance and tuition to share
market investors and traders. And I now manage Brainy's
Share Market Toolbox web site - an arsenal of
weapons to help you tackle the share market. The Toolbox includes free
stuff, plus a Members only area, and a Premium section.
I have also needed to distinguish my own products and services
from those of others in my field, so I am using the old High
School nickname "Brainy".
I now run this web-based business on a part-time basis providing support and tuition
share market investors and traders, and specialising in
supporting BullCharts software users. My
first share market seminars - Share
Market Boot Camp and Technical
for the first time in 2008, and now once or twice each year - 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
Recent key high-profile activities have included presenting
to a number of small and large audiences, and contributing to
a series of articles
published in The (Melbourne) Age newspaper (in the business pages each Wednesday), and for the monthly ASX Investor Update newsletter.
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
software products (including BullCharts charting software).
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.
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
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
BullCharts User Group. I also joined the ATAA (Australian
Technical Analysts Association),
and now hold both a
position on the Victorian Council, and a volunteer Director position on
national board. 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
core (part-time) business activities include:
My recent 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
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 key features:
- 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
Watch List of the stocks that are on my own watch list. I am
happy to share this for education purposes with my subscriber base.
- Working with the BullCharts company to:
- Preparing and running various training sessions, workshops and seminars to
do with the share market, Technical Analysis and BullCharts software.
- Working with the Australian
Technical Analysts Association (a not-for-profit association):
- Volunteer director (board member),
- Volunteer state councilor helping
to manage the Melbourne (Victorian) chapter of the ATAA.
- Web master and past director of the community
not-for-profit Rimstone Cooperative Limited.
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 roles.
- 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 support.
- 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
WHY does Robert keep so busy doing all this, and not simply living off the proceeds of investments? See why here...
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B.Eng (Mech), MIML
(Member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders)
Share market analyst and Nimble Short Term Investor,
Consultant, Company Director,
Author, Publisher, Educator and WebMaster.
BullCharts User Group convenor, and
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