Lauren Hua

Tax Time: What You Need to Know About Capital Gains Tax and Shares

With the end of financial year around the corner, it is worthwhile reviewing how your gains or losses are treated if you decide to sell your shares before 30 June. Most investors are aware of what to do with gains on shares that were held for only a brief period of time, but investors who have held shares for many years should be aware of how the gains are taxed. Any profits which you receive from the sale of your …

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How a Housing Collapse Will Affect the Stock Market

There has been talk of a housing bubble for many years now. With households highly leveraged, a significant increase in interest rates or high unemployment may have dire consequences on borrowers’ ability to repay their mortgage. But if there was a housing crash, how would this affect our stock market? Firstly, we are not predicting a crash in house prices. However, it is smart to be aware of the ramifications, if indeed there is a severe downturn. This means we …

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The Effect of Interest Rates on the Stock Market

With the Fed hiking up interest rates in the US, it is only a matter of time before interest rate rises take place in Australia. So what are the consequences of interest rate hikes and the stock market? In general, when interest rates are cut then it causes the market to go up. When the interest rates go up, the stock market goes down. The main reason for this is that companies will have less capacity to borrow more from …

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Why Medium Term Trading is the Best Strategy

The definition of a day trader is someone who buys and sells stocks within the same trading day. Research show that 4 out of 5 people lose money day trading and only 1 in 100 do it well enough to live off the proceeds.  A day trader must live off their profits as well as risk their own capital to make these profits. High transaction costs such as brokerage can erode the profits generated from these day traders. Long term …

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How rising bond yields affect the share market

Donald Trump’s plans for tax cuts and infrastructure spending has created a massive sell off in bonds. This has caused bond yields to rise (bond yield rise when bond prices drop). When bond yields start to rise it means the market is factoring a rise in interest rates. Previously the record low interest rates have persuaded investors to invest in the share market. The record low interest rates have made stock valuations look very attractive. When an analyst evaluates a …

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