China and Finland hold the ‘trade secret’ for CFD experts

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Australia’s top CFD traders looked to China and Finland for the best returns over the last week according to data released today from CMC Markets, Australia’s leading provider of trading services for frequent traders. An analysis of CMC Market’s most profitable clients measured by dollar value, found that one of the most popular CFD instrument […]

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ASX Group Monthly Activity Report – April 2011

The value of ASX-listed stocks, as measured by the All Ordinaries Index, fell 0.6% during April. Other major markets rose during the month including the US up 2.8%, UK up 2.7%, Singapore up 2.2%, Japan up 1.0% and Hong Kong up 0.8%. The slight fall in Australian equity values coincided with a strong rise in […]

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Mining drives Aussie sharemarket

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Financial market trends The mining sector is now the primary driving force behind the Australian sharemarket. In terms of volumes of shares traded in March, mining volumes were double that of a year ago while the number of industrials shares traded were down by 4 per cent. In value terms, trading of industrials shares still […]

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AMP AXA merger takes effect

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The merger of AMP Limited (AMP) and AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited (AXA APH) Australian and New Zealand businesses has been implemented today. AXA APH is now wholly owned by the AMP Group. The cash component of the share scheme consideration has been dispatched and new shares issued to the AXA APH minority shareholders under […]

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BetaShares U.S. Dollar ETF quadruples in size in a month

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BetaShares U.S Dollar ETF (ASX Code: USD) AUM reaches $50 million USD consistently ranking as one of top three most actively traded ETFs BetaShares passes $120 million in AUM three months after initial product launch BetaShares Capital Limited (BetaShares) has announced that its US dollar exchange traded fund (ASX Code: USD) has quadrupled in size […]

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Experience & Long-term Results Underpins Zenith’s ISAM Systematic Fund ‘Recommended’ Rating

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Zenith Investment Partners Pty Ltd (Zenith) Head of Alternatives Research Daniel Liptak has announced that International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) Systematic Fund has received a RECOMMENDED rating. With offices in London and New York, ISAM was founded by Stanley Fink, former CEO of the Man Group, in July 2008 to provide alternative investment strategies to […]

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Confidence returns as traders get active and more adventurous, CMC Markets survey says

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Traders get savvy with social media tools – websites, forums and blogs top the list SGX gets thumbs down while Chi-X more warmly received; almost one in four think the ASX is government owned CMC Herd Index shows traders continue to grapple with timing the market Traders are showing greater signs of confidence and are […]

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AMP welcomes AXA APH minority shareholder approval

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AMP Limited today welcomed the decision of AXA APH minority shareholders to vote in favour of the proposal to merge the Australian and New Zealand businesses of AXA APH with AMP and to sell the Asian businesses to AXA SA. AMP Chief Executive Officer Mr Craig Dunn said the vote was a significant milestone for […]

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Geopolitical tensions have potential to cause oil prices to double, CMC Markets says

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20 year analysis shows an actual supply disruption could cause further climbs The recent geo-political tension in the Middle East and Northern Africa has again highlighted the sensitivity of crude oil prices to supply threats, with WTI crude oil climbing close to $100 per barrel recently. There is speculation as to how high it can […]

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Investor Signposts: Week Beginning February 27 2011

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The big picture The role of a business economist is to educate, inform and occasionally entertain. But most people merely want business economists to explain what key issues mean in practical terms. And the one concept that most people want to understand is the terms of trade. Simply, the terms of trade relates the prices […]

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