As Senior Editor at Business News, Mark Beyer has a wide-ranging brief to research, analyse and report on the issues, trends and personalities affecting the business community in Western Australia. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. He joined Business News in 2002 and previously worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra.
ONE of the perennial discussion points among investors and advisers is trying to decide the best way to invest in the stock market. Should you buy shares directly through a stockbroker or invest in managed funds?
The local stockbring industry has undergone a dramatic change in the past 18 month with the withdrawal of most of the big US firms from Perth. And that’s created enormous opportunities for those brokers who have stayed a traditional course.
ONLINE investment services are becoming an increasingly popular way of buying and selling managed investments.About 65,000 people have used the Internet to invest inmanaged funds, according to ACNielsen.consult senior analyst Mark Johnston.
MANY Australians have a very narrow approach to personal investment. In most cases, it simply involves gearing into rental properties and buying one or two blue chip shares via a privatisation (Telstra or Commonwealth Bank) or demutualisation (AMP).
GEARING is widely accepted as a sound strategy for investors who want to increase their market exposure.In simple terms, it means borrowing money in order to buy income-producing assets, typically shares or property.