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Investing tips and
Share Market Success Secrets
|Monthly Toolbox eNews update ||#65 - Sept/October 2014|
This Share Market Toolbox eNews email
is going to all of our subscribing Share Market Toolbox
Members as normal, and to the non-Members who have expressed an
interest in receiving it. (Any non-members who want to access the detail
in the Members Area can easily join as a Toolbox Member
- it's not expensive.)
should mention that something finally dawned on me last week. I have
been writing these monthly eNews update emails for a few years now, and
in the early days they focused on the new eBook (PDF) Articles
each month - because there was a need to write more and more of these.
But in recent months there has been a little less activity on the eBook
Articles, and more effort on public web pages in the Toolbox (there's
only about 400 or 500 now). And this has been reflected in this monthly
eNews email, which is now more of a "Toolbox update" each month to
highlight the relevant changes in the Toolbox in the last month. Hence
the slight change of name for this month's email.
In these emails in the last couple of months we have talked about technical analysis
and the price charts, and reinforced the notion that the price charts
summarise the opinions and emotions of the market participants. (See the
recent ones in the eNews Archive
And we have also given some pointers regarding the use of technical
analysis. But the one thing we haven't done is give some practical tips
about the market itself, and going through the motions of investing or
On the very topic of investing tips and share market success secrets, I was asked to speak to the Templestowe Valley Probus group recently on exactly this, drawing on a slide presentation I prepared for the Manningham U3A
Stockmarket group a year ago. So I updated that earlier version of the
presentation (and prepared another new one - details below), and I
reviewed some of the web pages in the Share Market Toolbox. And then I
realised that there are now at least six different web pages on this
topic in the Toolbox, with each one coming from a different but related
So, this month's update
email is focusing more on the beginner to intermediate level share
market investor / trader. And to help the readers put things into
perspective, there is another related topic that has become topical in
recent days - regarding the sell-off in the markets in late September
and how we could view it. On this topic I have now updated the Share Market GEMs material with two additional gems (details below).
Also, because of the
amount of material referred to below, I think it best to allow more time
for our readers to digest the information. So this month's email is
Oh, if you would like to see a history of the Toolbox changes, see the special content update blog, and you can select the option there to "Follow" that blog to get details about new updates as soon as they are made.
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Please read on....
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About the Toolbox eNews emails...
Just a short note to the recently new Toolbox Members:- These share market Toolbox eNews emails
always go to Toolbox Members (a part of the Toolbox service), and to
the people who have registered to receive occasional information about
the Share Market. This is a monthly email with some pointers and tips
on focused topics - see a quick intro to the eNews emails
. They often include references to specific eBook Articles
in my Share Market Toolbox
, as well as key web pages in the free area of the Toolbox (eg. on the extensive Share Market web page
I have been writing the eBook Articles since October 2008 - that's
more than six years, and these eNews emails help you to navigate to
related and useful information each month.
Price charts summarise the underlying opinions
and emotions of the market participants.
Every chart tells a story.
It pays to understand the stories in the price charts.
This month's focus:
Investing Tips and Share Market Success Secrets
this topic, there are now several web pages in the Share Market
Toolbox. These are listed below. Included in the list is a reference to
the two new share market GEMs. And as a catch-all to assist all of us,
including the advanced investors and traders, there is a reference and
link below to my Share Market Ready Check List. There are no updates to
eBook (PDF) Articles this month.
are the links and details for this month's updated information. For the
presentations, Toolbox regular members can download the plain slides,
while Premium Members can download the full speaker notes version, and
non-members can download the basic handout pages:-
- New presentation - "What would you do? - How good is your investing judgement?" - This
new presentation was put together for the Probus group, and simply
shows a couple of case study example price charts and asks you the
question "would you buy this stock?". See the presentation slides in the Toolbox.
- Updated slide presentation - "Investing Tips and Share Market Success Secrets?" - This is the updated version of the 2013 presentation. See the presentation slides in the Toolbox.
The following new and updated Toolbox web pages are all available from this web page (or follow the big menu item link from the Toolbox home page to "The Share Market"):
- Investing and trading tips - Some thought-starters and provoking tips for investors and traders to help set the scene for the following items.
- Successful investor's mindset
- Investors are always keen to avoid large losses - but they often
don't achieve this. We can optimise our successes by adopting a
- Share market success secrets - Eleven tips that some people might regard as secrets that can help to protect investment capital and minimise losses.
- Investing problems? - This list of investing problems are commonly encountered. See the tips on how to address them.
- Balance the time on research and investing
- Does it matter how much time we spend on our investing and trading
activities? and why do some people spend inordinate amounts of time on
the same activity?
- Great questions to ask your share broker or financial advisor.
- Share-market-ready? - Are you ready for the share market? I have updated the "Share Market Ready check list" web page yet
again. It is a rather long check list, but it includes many things to
think about before rashly investing in the markets.
There are two new share market GEMs listed on the GEMs web page (they
are the last two items under heading 10 - Investing and trading
wisdom). I will need to write a longer explanation for these in the
coming days, and add them to the Share Market GEMs (PDF) booklet:
- Don't try to catch a falling knife
- I should have added this gem to the list a long time ago. When a
stock has a falling share price and a broker or analyst suggests that we
buy it (whilst it is still falling), they don't tell us that it might
fall a lot further. Don't forget that once a down trend is in place, it
is likely to continue until it is confirmed to have finished (Dow Theory). So it is rather "dangerous" to buy a falling share, just like it is dangerous to try to catch a falling knife.
- One man's measure is another man's yawn -
This is a reference to the recent news announcements from market
analysts that with the recent Aussie sharemarket fall, it has now lost
all of it's gains of 2014. This might be academically correct, and it
might be of interest to fund managers whose performance is measured from
from to month and year to year; but the average retail investor is not
really that interested in these statistics.
my growing collection of eBook (PDF) Articles, don't forget to see the
latest Table of Contents pages for all articles (see links in the
side-bar above right). There are now a total of 146 Articles in this collection - a huge total of 673 pages of information! You can see the Table of Contents for all eBook Articles here (recently new or updated ones are highlighted), and the Master Toolbox Index which includes the eBook Articles, plus web page references, and helpful videos.
eBook (PDF) Articles - Summary
Since October 2008 I have accumulated quite a collection of eBook (PDF) Articles
on three subject areas - Share Trading/Investing, Technical Analysis
and BullCharts software (actually more than 630 pages of material
in more than 138 articles). These Articles are invaluable for both new
and experienced investors and traders. I write brief monthly notes in
this eNews email to highlight specific Articles on targeted topics, and
sometimes referring to new or updated web pages in the Toolbox (also see
a history of Toolbox updates). I am also writing new Articles and updating existing ones as required. For more information please see:
Article front pages
For any new readers of my Toolbox eBook Articles, there are some useful introductory Articles including an Introduction and an Overview Article for each of the three subject areas. You can see them here:
What if you have some
sort of problem with accessing the Toolbox and any of these Articles? Or
maybe the Username and Password doesn't work. If there is any problem
at all, simply contact me by email or phone. The best email address for
this is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Occasionally emails disappear - the system thinks they are spam, or the
ISP might think they are spam. If I don't reply within a day or so,
please contact me by either email address or phone
is nothing secret in this email, so feel free to forward it to someone
if you think they might benefit from the information, or from being a
Toolbox Member. The easiest way to do this is to use the "Forward Email"
link at the bottom.
am also confident that my Toolbox Members won't be sharing their
username and password with non-members. It is not fair that I spend all
this time preparing the materials, and then my Toolbox Members pay money
to have legitimate access, only to let some people pay nothing to read
and view the details.
feel free to email an individual Article to others as a sample; but if
they want online access to all the materials, it is pretty cheap, so
they should subscribe as a Toolbox Member. There is information about Toolbox Membership in the Quick Links section at right.
Always happy to receive feedback, or suggestions for new content or improvements.
Until next month,
happy investing or trading,
Robert B. Brain
(mobile: 0438 355 910)
ps: watch out for the sharks in the ocean!