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Investing in Stocks and Shares

Posted:June 27th, 2014

First of all, what is a share? What are you paying for, and what are you getting in return when purchasing a “stock”? How does one determine which stocks to invest in?

 

When one buys a company’s stock, they actually become a part owner of the company. The “share” or “stock” is called such because all share-holders are investing their money to buy a piece of ownership in the company; and in return believe that the company will use the invested money effectively to perform well in it’s particular industry. Depending on how a company allocates the money brought in by investors, and many other variables, the company’s value will either increase or decrease. As a company’s value increases or decreases, so will the value of its shares. As a stock appreciates in value, one can choose to sell their stock for a profit (known as stock appreciation). A second way to profit from investing in a stock is the issuance of dividends. Dividends are simply the sharing of profits by a company to its investors.

With that being said, there are a few key things to look at when choosing a stock to invest in.

1. Performance history of the stock

With today’s technology, information on every publicly traded company is readily available. There are years of information on stocks traded today which will help in deciding which are good investments and those which are not. Looking at a stocks trading price over time can be indicative of its future performance, especially when compared to the market overall.

2. Stock Volatility

For example, if a particular stock has consistently outperformed the market by decreasing less than, or even increasing, when the market average price is decreasing, odds are that the stock will continue to outperform the market in the future. The measure of how drastically a stock’s price changes up or down, especially when compared to the market as a whole, is known as volatility. A safer investment is in a stock with less volatility.

3. P/E ratios

The standard measurement of a stocks value is the P/E ratio, which stands for price to earnings. To calculate this ratio, one must take the price of the stock and divide it by the company’s annual net income. For example, a company with a stock price of $100 and net income per share of $5 will have a P/E ratio of $20; which is the recent average market P/E of United States stocks and slightly higher than the long-term average of Australian stocks.

Typically, stocks with a higher P/E ratio than the market average are considered expensive, while the stocks with a lower ratio are considered cheap. Either type can be considered a “good investment”, depending on how a person prefers to invest. The stocks considered expensive could be a company with a high stock price and low earnings, but may be growing very rapidly and will be increasing in value in the future. Conversely, a stock that may appear cheap because of a lower price or higher earnings per share could appear as such because many believe that a company’s future earnings will be less than they presently are; making what appears to be a good investment what is known as a value trap.

The cardinal rule for investing is to make the best decision with the information one has at the time. Through stock information now available online and the use of financial ratios, especially the P/E ratio, everyone is capable of investing intelligently in today’s markets.

 10thousandgirl would like to thank Aaron Cunningham, for writing this article.

 

 

Are you planning to lodge your 2013/2014 tax return online?

Posted:June 6th, 2014

Did you know that from 1 July, you will be able to do this using the newly launched myGov online service?

Once you set up an account with myGov, you essentially gain access to a secure online inbox. Here you will be able to receive online letters, statements as well as other important information from various government bodies such as:

  • Medicare
  • Centrelink
  • Veterans’ Affairs
  • eHealth Resources
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Child Support

The ATO’s Steve Vesperman said “You’ll be able to update personal information, keep track of your superannuation, pay any tax debts and keep tabs on the processing of your tax return…you can be confident that your personal information and records are secure.”

To set up your myGov account, visit my.gov.au.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ato_gov_au and join the Facebook community at www.facebook.com/ato.gov.au

 

 

Life-is-beautiful

Life Is Beautiful. Stop And See

Posted:May 20th, 2014

Sometimes it’s not about starting something, it’s about stopping.

Full article on LifeBuzz. Here’s the highlights – we’ve added an exercise for each idea to get your started. What # rings true for you?

#1. Stop spending time with the wrong people.

EX: Identify someone you spend time with who drains your energy. Unless they need your help, cut your time with them back a little. 

#2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. 

EX: Identify your #1 problem at the moment. What’s one thing you can do about it?

#3. Stop lying to yourself.

EX: What do you need to be more honest about?

#4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner.

EX: Do something for yourself today! Just do it! 

#5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not.

EX: Identify someone who you want to be like. Do you really want to be them?

#6. Stop trying to hold onto the past.

EX: Think of a memory in the past you hold onto. Take a deep breathe, fill your belly. Breathe into the memory. Now exhale, say out loud ” I let it go”.

#7. Stop being scared to make a mistake.

EX: Do something you think you’ll fail at. See what happens! 

#8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes.

EX: Repeat similar exercise from #6. Identify something you are constantly berating yourself about. Take a deep breathe, fill your belly. Breathe into the idea. Now exhale, say out loud ” I let it go”.

#9. Stop trying to buy happiness.

EX: What have you bought lately because you thought it would make you feel good? Next time you make a similar purchase, ask yourself ‘why?’. What feeling are you trying to buy? What else can you do to create that feeling?

#10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness.

EX: Identify a person that makes you happy? What makes them that way? What quality do they have? Mmm yes you have it too!

#11. Stop being idle.

EX: Get up today and DO something you’ve been putting off. 

#12. Stop thinking you’re not ready.

EX: START. Start investing, start a conversation with a guy you like, start negotiating a career progression… just START.

#13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons.

EX: Focus instead on the relationship you have with yourself, all other relationships are a bonus.

#14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.

EX: Repeat similar exercise from #6 & 8. Identify something you have experienced in a relationship in the past. Take a deep breathe, fill your belly. Breathe into the idea. Now exhale, say out loud ” I let it go”.

#15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else.

EX: Set a goal around improving yourself. About making an improvement on your efforts last week or last month, or yesterday or last year. 

#16. Stop being jealous of others.

EX: Identify someone you’re jealous of. Pay them a compliment – call, email, text or in person.

#17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself.

EX: Identify something that’s great in your life.

#18. Stop holding grudges.

EX: Repeat similar exercise from #6 & 8. Identify a grudge you have. Take a deep breathe, fill your belly. Breathe into the idea. Now exhale, say out loud ” I let it go”.

#19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level.

EX: Next time someone brings you down, look them in the eye and tell them you don’t agree. And that actually… you rock at that!! 

#20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others.

EX: Next time you find yourself explaining yourself, stop. If they get you they’ll get you.

#21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break.

EX: Take a sporadic break – a walk around the block or a week away!

#22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments.

EX: Smile deliberately at something beautiful that catches your eye. Enjoy it for a minute +.

#23. Stop trying to make things perfect.

EX: Laugh out loud at an imperfection.

#24. Stop following the path of least resistance.

EX: Do something that CHALLENGES you.

#25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t.

EX: Ask someone for help.

#26. Stop blaming others for your troubles.

EX: Next time you catch yourself blaming someone else, bring it back to you? What could you have done differently? What can you do better next time? 

#27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone.

EX: Pick your battles a friend once said to me. It’s the same with helping others. Pick a few people to support in your life, and support them well.

#28. Stop worrying so much.

EX: Jump up and down 10 times, waving your hands around above your head. Keep going till you burst out laughing – what were you worrying about again?

#29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.

EX: Life’s like a garden, you need to fertilise the plants not the weeds. Identify one of your plants (key goals) – water it!!

#30. Stop being ungrateful.

EX: No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere is desperately fighting for theirs. Say thank you for something out aloud.

xx

What can you stop doing?

 

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