A Random Person’s Random Investments

June 29, 2007

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Filed under: General — arandomperson @ 9:29 am

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June 17, 2007

Interesting smaller share : Style Limited (SYP)

Filed under: General — arandomperson @ 1:14 pm

Found this one while looking up ways to replace the carpet if we end up with a house with carpet.. Bamboo Flooring.

Style Limited :
Bloomberg Share Summary
Style Limited Company Web Site

SYP is involved in the manufacture, distribution and marketing of a range of renewable resource products throughout Australia and New Zealand. The company is concentrating on a unique, patented flooring made from strand woven bamboo with a timber appearance.

Don’t know if it’sa good investment or not, but I like the bamboo approach.

June 10, 2007

Australian Ethical Investment Ltd announces new World Trust / Strategy

Filed under: General — arandomperson @ 12:40 pm

Objective: To provide long-term growth through investment in overseas companies which meet the Australian Ethical Charter.

Check the link to the announcement on the Australian Ethical Website for further info.

Great news as though there is also the excellent Hunter Hall trusts, always good to have some extra options to diversify in this area.

June 9, 2007

June 2007 portfolio summary

Filed under: General — arandomperson @ 11:53 pm

No numbers, just in order from largest holding to smallest holding.
Geared investments (all but 4 of these) are ordered compensating for the gearing ratio.

AUG0004AU: Australian Ethical Large Company Share Trust
STW: SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund
HHV: Hunter Hall Global Value Ltd
SLF: SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Listed Property Fund
HHA0001AU: Hunter Hall Australian Value Trust
HHA0002AU: Hunter Hall Global Ethical Trust
CTN: Contango Microcap Ltd
VAN0005AU: Vanguard Index Funds – Emerging Markets Shares Index Fund
BEN: Bendigo Bank Ltd
ANZ: Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd
SGB: St George Bank Ltd
VIR: Viridis Clean Energy Group
TGG: Templeton Global Growth Fund
AEZ: APN/UKA European Retail Trust
VAN0105AU: Vanguard Index Funds – International Fixed Interest Index Fund Hedged

June 6, 2007

so far ratebusters.com.au meets my needs, best so it seems

Filed under: loans — arandomperson @ 2:01 am

Well after asking about it looks like how I was hoping it worked is not quite how it works (I guess that would just be too easy for me).. but there are a few close approximations.. ratebusters has relatively low interest rates, a line of credit facility, and up to 10 account splits at $100 per split if done after settlement.. with this I may be able to slice up the loan into investment specific portions as build equity with not too much additional expense or hassle.

Also ratebusters relatively prompt and straightforward in answering my questions, and their web site is one of the few that actually bothers to go into a bit of detail on all the ifs and buts and elses of their products, with actual descriptions and examples of How It Works.

The disadvantage is their fee structure appears set to penalise people who leave them early, but then all things considered I see no reason to leave them early if all goes according to plan.

June 2, 2007

Clime Asset Management

Filed under: General — arandomperson @ 1:46 am

Bloomberg info for Clime Asset Management.. just found this interesting ETF after reading this article on the InvestEd site… pity it isn’t on the St George margin lending acceptable securities list though.

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