Kick Back: The 10 biggest stories you might have missed on Stockhead this week
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If you thought that all drainage canals were merely a cesspool of sludge, you’d be wrong.
Japan wins hands down for having drainage canals that are so clean Koi fish live in them… and you can even see them.
Now, here’s what you might have missed on Stockhead this week, but everyone else didn’t, and liked the most.
With the advent of the digital age so to came the problem faced by every other industry: waste.
And this issue of e-waste comes with a pretty darn hefty price tag — $80bn to be precise.
But now there is this common goal of creating a “circular economy” to help stamp out the problem.
There is undoubtedly many people out there kicking themselves for not getting into Afterpay (ASX:APT) from the start.
And since the COVID-19 market bottom in March it has ripped even higher – nearly 800 per cent in fact. This little fire cracker is now worth about $80 a share.
COVID-19 has shone a light on just how lucrative the buy now, pay later market is – especially during a pandemic when money is tight.
Another market that is taking off (literally and figuratively) is drones.
The defence sector in particular are big believers in drone tech and have handed out some big figure contracts.
More players are emerging in the space and Sam Jacobs got the lowdown from four.
Guy Le Page certainly has many Stockhead fans. This column makes a regular appearance in our weekly Kick Back segment.
But this week perhaps it’s his soothing words that even though gold stumbled a little recently, investors shouldn’t freak out yet.
Le Page reckons both gold and iron ore are going to be “stronger for longer”. Cue the investor pile-in to cheap stocks.
The level of stimulus thrown at the Australian economy during COVID-19 has dwarfed that handed out during the GFC and any other recession on record.
But the experts are divided on whether Australia should keep printing cash or whether the injection of more cash will just create much bigger problems later.
RBA governor Phil Lowe reckons “there is no free lunch” and “the tab always has to be paid…in one form or another”.
An interesting yarn by Rachel Williamson, this one looks at how you don’t actually need to buy whole stocks anymore — especially if you have to mortgage the house to pick up only a handful of shares.
The good news is there are trading platforms that allow you to buy fractions of shares, so you could still get into someone like online retail giant Amazon, which is currently worth over $US3,000 a share.
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up one of the most unique investment environments in recent memory.
You just have to look at the record level of people getting into the market during this period – a phenomenon not typical of an economic downturn.
But just how are fund managers positioning their portfolios?
With global lockdown comes boredom and billions of people looking for new ways to spend their time.
And esports is booming.
In this recent StockDoc podcast Dr Nigel Finch sat down with Paul Roy, chairman of The Riva Group – which is focusing on Australia as a key destination for the rollout of its video-game based entertainment centres.
Experts believe it is getting much harder to find bargain gold opportunities given stock valuations have risen just as massively as the price of the precious metal.
Not only is gold the “easiest pitch you could bring to market” right now, but there are still opportunities out there, according to Trent Primmer, head of trading at Barclay Pearce.
This week TSB regales us with a tale of a talented young stockbroker who could juggle chopsticks and never miss a dish on the Lazy Susan, all while closing an oversubscribed placement and earning himself $22,500 in the process.
Have a good weekend!