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Colin has been investing his own money in Australian shares for over 45 years. He is one of the very few teachers of investing who publishes his investment return each year. Colin has taught both technical analysis and fundamental analysis for FINSIA, where he is a Senior Fellow. He wrote the subject notes for the two technical analysis subjects offered by Kaplan. Colin has been a highly rated speaker at many AIA and ATAA national conferences. He has written five books on investing and written for Shares magazine, Smart Investor magazine, The Australian Financial Review, BRW and now writes extensively in his free newsletter and on his website. Colin is an honorary life member and past national president of the ATAA.

Investing with a Margin of Safety

Posted: 1 February, 2015 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2015 NTL Available to: Members

No matter how sound our analysis, the key to investing in the stock market is to manage risk. This could be even more important than usual in the currently uncertain world. Colin will outline the risk management strategies that he has successfully employed over 50 years of investing in the stock market. He will illustrate his method with a current case.

Peering Into the Crystal Ball

Posted: 1 February, 2015 Subjects: Market_Outlook
Source: P2015 ADL Available to: Members

Colin has long maintained that it is not possible to accurately and consistently predict the future. A better approach is to assess the condition of the market and to devise an appropriate strategy. In this talk, Colin will take you through his analysis of where we are in the bull market cycle. He will then suggest where we might be headed in 2015 and beyond and what his strategy is. No matter how sound our analysis, the key to investing in the stock market is to manage risk. This could be even more important than usual in the current increasingly uncertain world. Colin will outline the risk management strategies that he has successfully employed over 50 years of investing in the stock market.

Peering Into the Crystal Ball

Posted: 1 December, 2014 Subjects: Market_Outlook
Source: P2014 MEL Available to: Members

Colin has long maintained that it is not possible to accurately and consistently predict the future. A better approach is to assess the condition of the market and to devise an appropriate strategy. In this talk, Colin will take you through his analysis of where we are in the bull market cycle. He will then suggest where we might be headed in 2015 and beyond and what his strategy is. No matter how sound our analysis, the key to investing in the stock market is to manage risk. This could be even more important than usual in the current increasingly uncertain world. Colin will outline the risk management strategies that he has successfully employed over 50 years of investing in the stock market.

Stocks to Outperform, How to Find and Manage Risk

Posted: 1 March, 2014 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2014 PER Available to: Members

Stocks have produced superior investment returns over the long term. However, not all stocks are equal. Some stocks outperform and others perform less well, or turn out to be dogs. From research of major world stock markets over the last century, five factors stand out as being the drivers of outperformance when building a portfolio of investment grade stocks. This has been largely hidden from private investors in difficult to grasp research papers. Colin will explain what the five key factors are in simple terms, after which you will know where to look for stocks likely to outperform. However, knowing what the five key factors are is only the first step. Colin will show how he goes about finding these stocks on the ASX, which has over 2,000 stocks to choose from. But that is not all: the potential for higher returns also often carries with it a higher level of risk. Colin will explain how to manage risk when investing in a portfolio of these stocks.

Think Like Great Investors

Posted: 1 December, 2013 Subjects: Trading _Strategies Psychology
Source: P2013 SYD Available to: Members

The best investors succeed because they seem to think counter-intuitively. They make better decisions by avoiding the common cognitive biases that are natural to us all, but which hold us back in our investing. Colin will discuss some of the ways we can make better investing decisions from his new book Think Like the Great Investors. He will focus on two of the chapters: (1) Seven investing sins that the great investors avoid. (2) Nine keys to investment success found in the great investors.

A Sharper Focus on Chart Patterns

Posted: 21 June, 2013 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis
Source: C2013 Available to: Members

Chart patterns are where charting began. Colin will suggest that they are often identified carelessly. He will propose a more disciplined approach to pattern identification that combines rigorous definition supported by an understanding of the behavioural explanation of how they are formed. After this talk you may never see chart patterns the same way again.

Lessons from the Last Bull Market

Posted: 1 April, 2013 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2013 SYD Available to: Members

Colin will range over some of the general lessons for investors from the last bear market as a preparation for how to be prepared for the next bear market, which will come with historical inevitability. In particular, Colin will show several examples of how it is possible not to be caught in stocks that "crash and burn" taking all of our savings with them.

Dealing With Stocks That Rise Strongly

Posted: 1 March, 2013 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2013 NTL Available to: Members

There is one problem in trading or investing that every market participant would like to have to deal with: a stock that rises without any significant pause, higher and higher after we buy it. Those who have limited experience will wonder why this could be a problem. However, experienced hands will recognise it as one of the biggest challenges they face and often struggle to know how to deal with it. Colin will explain why it is a problem. Then he will run through some of the ways in which a technical analyst might use their toolbox of techniques and indicators to help manage the situation successfully. This will include some discussion on risk/money management methods.

Technical Stops and Money Management

Posted: 1 January, 2013 Subjects: Risk&Money_Mgmt
Source: P2013 MEL Available to: Members

Colin will explore some of the ways that technical analysis can be used to set initial and trailing stops. This will be tied in to position sizing and diversification.

What the charts tell us about the stock market

Posted: 1 June, 2012 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis
Source: P2012 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Members Suggestions Sydney

Posted: 1 February, 2012 Subjects: Panel_Discussions
Source: P2012 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

The Luck Factor Complete Version

Posted: 1 January, 2012 Subjects: Risk&Money_Mgmt
Source: P2012 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Money Management and Stop Losses

Posted: 1 July, 2011 Subjects: Risk&Money_Mgmt
Source: P2011 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Why Attend the ATAA National Conference

Posted: 1 June, 2011 Subjects: Education&Training
Source: P2011 Available to: Members

 Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

How The Mighty Fall

Posted: 1 June, 2011 Subjects: Indicators
Source: P2011 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Mind over Matter

Posted: 17 October, 2010 Subjects: Psychology Economics Trading_Plan
Source: C2010 Available to: Conference Delegates

There are many things to learn and master in becoming an investor. After picking up the basic knowledge, years will have been spent gaining experience. After at least a decade of hard work, committed investors will reach one of the final frontiers in their investment education. Over the last fifty years, a whole new area of research has unfolded under the general heading of behavioural economics. This work has thrown out the old assumption of a rational man and looks at how we really make decisions. In the process many errors and biases emerge to which we are all subject naturally and largely unconsciously. In this discussion Colin will introduce some of the ways in which the best investors think giving them a great advantage over the beginners.

The Missing Link

Posted: 15 October, 2010 Subjects: Trading_Plan
Source: C2010 Available to: Conference Delegates

Most experienced investors have progressed to the stage where they have a written investment plan and developed the discipline to carry out the strategy and tactics set out in it. Many investors then feel that they have finished theireducation process and do not move on to the next level, which is to seek constant improvement and execution of their plan. Colin will show what else is needed to move beyond simply being a good investor. The great investors are never satisfied and seek continually to improve what they do an how they do it.

The Need for an Investment Plan

Posted: 1 August, 2010 Subjects: Trading_Plan
Source: P2010 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

The Big Short, Michael Lewis

Posted: 1 June, 2010 Subjects: Risk&Money_Mgmt
Source: P2010 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Lessons from the Last Bull Market

Posted: 1 April, 2010 Subjects: Risk&Money_Mgmt
Source: P2010 Available to: Members

 Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Book Review The Checklist Manifesto

Posted: 1 January, 2010 Subjects: Psychology
Source: P2010 Available to: Members

 Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Managing Investments with TA

Posted: 1 December, 2009 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2009 Available to: Members

 Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

How to Plan for Investing Success

Posted: 1 November, 2009 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2009 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Stock Selection Canberra

Posted: 1 September, 2009 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis
Source: P2009 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Stock Selection Sydney

Posted: 1 August, 2009 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis
Source: P2009 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Better Investing Decisions

Posted: 1 August, 2008 Subjects: Psychology
Source: P2008 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Living with the Bear Market

Posted: 1 July, 2008 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2008 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

How Buy A Young Bull

Posted: 1 February, 2008 Subjects: Trading _Strategies
Source: P2008 Available to: Members

Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

My Analysis Routine

Posted: 1 January, 2008 Subjects: Trading_Plan
Source: D2008 Available to: Members

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Through a Glass Darkly

Posted: 1 January, 2008 Subjects: Psychology
Source: D2008 Available to: Members

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Outlook Strategy For 2008

Posted: 1 December, 2007 Subjects: Market_Outlook
Source: P2007 Available to: Members

 Presentation abstract not available. (We need to prepare one from the actual document.)

Selecting Stop Levels

Posted: 1 December, 2007 Subjects: Stop_Loss
Source: P2007 Available to: Members

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Selecting Stop Levels

Posted: 5 October, 2007 Subjects: Chart_Patterns&Analysis Stop_Loss
Source: C2007 Available to: Members

Colin will discuss the logic of selecting a sell stop level and show how an inappropriate stop can actually increase the risk of a losing trade or investment.