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Understanding Investments: An Australian Investor's Guide to Stock Market, Property and Cash-Based Investments, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-74246-944-7
400 pages
October 2010, Wrightbooks
Understanding Investments: An Australian Investor


Understanding Investments is the ultimate guide for Australians looking to take control of their finances.

This new edition has been thoroughly updated for the modern investor, and includes essential information that will help you:

  • decipher the jargon
  • choose an investment strategy
  • work with a financial adviser
  • structure and diversify your portfolio
  • avoid costly tax pitfalls.

Covering investments ranging from shares, CFDs and managed funds through to options, property, collectables and much more, Understanding Investments provides you with the tools you need to make a profit in all types of markets. Whether you're just starting your investment journey or you're a seasoned investor wanting to learn more, this user-friendly guide contains the most up-to-date information to help you make the most from your money.

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Table of Contents

Part I: What you need to know

1 Investing today 3

2 Investment terms 13

3 Structuring your investment portfolio 31

4 Keeping track of your investments 47

5 Finding an adviser 61

6 Trading and researching over the internet 77

7 Tax considerations 89

Part II: Investment options

8 Investing in the sharemarket 109

9 More sophisticated sharemarket strategies 131

10 Hybrid securities and margin lending 149

11 Listed investment companies 163

12 New floats 177

13 Investing in managed funds 189

14 Hedge funds 203

15 Investing in bonds 217

16 Interest-bearing investments 231

17 Options and futures 245

18 Property investing basics 265

19 How to evaluate a property investment 279

20 Tax and property investments 291

21 Listed and unlisted property trusts 301

22 Investing in collectables 315

23 Superannuation 333

Appendix: Detailed DCF analysis 349

Index 351

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Author Information

Charles Beelaerts is an economics graduate of the University of Sydney and a graduate of Harvard Business School. He is a financial consultant and author who has previously worked as an analyst for banks and finance companies.
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