Women’s Money reader,
Jennifer Wilson, gives us her pick of the services that
offer sharetraders a helping hand.
When you decide it's time to start investing
in shares, there are two options: the quick fix or give
me a tip and I'll make a fortune (you wish) or the slower
route where you can learn as you invest, and become a wiser
investor as a result.
After a few lousy tips, you either decide
to forget the share market all together, or you realise
you need a better understanding of what's important, and
So, what is
important, and how difficult is it to put that together?
There are a few services around which can provide
you with the specific elements to help you make sense
of the markets, with a focus on the Australian market.
The Inside Trader (www.theinsidetrader.com.au)
offers two useful services: a review of up to 45 broker
recommendations each week (which saves you from having
to read all of these in 22 different places); and
asingle share recommendation based on these, along
with in depth information on the selected share each
They also provide a list of which Directors
and Officers are buying and selling their own shares.
We all know that insider trading NEVER happens, but
surely if you think your company is going places you
want to buy stock, and if you think it isn't, you
might want to sell.
| It is curious how
often a really strong movement in shares by those in
the company will presage a movement in the market.
But top of my list is Conscious Investor (CI) www.conscious-investor.com.
Based on the philosophy of Warren Buffet (as interpreted by
Dr John Price), Conscious
Investor provides an easy to use interface to all the fundamental
information you need to know, then provides tools to help
you select which shares to investigate further.
provides data on both the US and Australian markets (depending
on your subscription). They then let you set specific Buffett
like parameters to help assess the company.
These are aimed at locating companies that
are essential solid companies, with good returns proven
over several years. Cl then provides tools to help you determine
the right price. There are some in build charts which provide
information on how good the management of a company is (return
on equity, return on capital), how reliable its past performance
is (PE ratio over previous years), and what its growth has
You can also set scenarios where you enter
what you think the share might do and see what impact this
has on the projected returns. There are tools to help you
find companies to investigate further from a tool which
lets you look for shares in specific sectors by their performance
to on line forums with seriously experience investors.
Along with the software comes background information
from Aspect Huntley who provide additional up to-date information
on the company to let you do your own research.
help you keep up with timely investment news and information
and with additions to the website, you are invited to subscribe
to our Free Newsletter. Or view
the Free Videos describing Conscious Investor.