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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.

2 Investment terms.

3 Structuring your investment portfolio.

4 Keeping track of your investments.

5 Finding an adviser.

6 Trading and researching over the internet.

7 Tax considerations.

Part II: Investment options.

8 Investing in the sharemarket.

9 More sophisticated sharemarket strategies.

10 Hybrid securities and margin lending.

11 Listed investment companies.

12 New floats.

13 Investing in managed funds.

14 Hedge funds.

15 Investing in bonds.

16 Interest-bearing investments.

17 Options and futures.

18 Property investing basics.

19 How to evaluate a property investment.

20 Tax and property investments.

21 Listed and unlisted property trusts.

22 Investing in collectables.

23 Superannuation.

Appendix: Detailed DCF analysis.


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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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