The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-15T01:13:56Z Monex Securities to shake-up Australia’s online broking industry 2018-01-15T01:13:56Z monex-securities-to-shake-up-australia-s-online-broking-industry 15 January 2018 -- SYDNEY: Monex Securities Australia (part of the Monex Group, Inc.) is set to shake-up the Australian online broking industry when it opens its doors to Australian investors today. Monex Group, one of the leading online broking companies in Japan, has set its sights on the Australian market as part of its global expansion. “We believe there is a yawning gap in the Australian investors’ portfolio because they have not been accessing international equity markets,” said Alex Douglas, managing director of Monex Securities Australia. “And we will bridge this gap by giving investors one platform that will allow them to trade 12 different markets around the globe.” Monex Securities Australia will also be offering competitive rates in a bid to win investors away from other online broking providers, with trading in U.S. markets starting from just US$9.99. “Investors have been telling us that there are two reasons why they are not investing overseas: One is because it is too expensive to trade international shares if you trade with existing providers,” “And the other reason is that until now it has been quite challenging to set up different accounts that will let you trade various international markets,” Douglas said. By providing a single platform that will let investors trade multiple global markets and by offering lower fees, Monex Securities Australia is aiming to win a healthy slice of the investment community in Australia. Monex Group’s entry into the Australian market is part of the company’s global expansion. In Japan, Monex Group was one of the first online broking companies that disrupted the industry when it launched online broking in the very early days of online services. “We believe that we can differentiate ourselves from existing providers because we have a robust platform and we have access to global markets,” Douglas said. He added: “Given the relatively small size of the Australian stock market, this is our way of opening up and making international equities more accessible to Australian investors.” Using Monex Securities Australia’s trading platform, Australian investors can access markets in the US, Japan, Hong Kong and most of Asia. This means investors can take advantage of price movements in stocks such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Toyota and other Asian listed companies. Investors can also access Chinese listed stocks including those in the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges using Monex Securities Australia’s trading platform. ***** About Monex Group, Inc. Monex Group is one of the leading online brokers in Japan with subsidiaries in US and Hong Kong. Monex Group was founded by Oki Matsumoto to support the individual investor’s investment and economic needs with world-class financial service.   Expanding financial services group embarks on new recruitment drive 2017-09-15T00:43:42Z expanding-financial-services-group-embarks-on-new-recruitment-drive 15 September 2017: Tim Montague-Jones has worked in equity research for more than two decades, but he first became fascinated by the stock market even earlier – when he was a boy in the 1980s. “My dad and I bought a few shares, just for fun. I told him to sell when the price had gone up, but he didn’t and the company we invested in eventually went bust,” he says. “This was my introduction to the realities of the equities market and it was when I got attracted to the idea of making money from investments.” Today Montague-Jones is the head of Australian equity research at ASR Wealth Advisers (ASRW) and he’s forged a successful career out of his passion for investing. He joined ASRW in November 2016 after holding senior analyst roles at Macquarie and Morningstar – and now he’s about to hire a new team of Sydney-based equity analysts I want about one analyst for every 20 companies we cover, so we can deliver more targeted analysis,” explains Montague-Jones. “While many larger firms are cutting back their research capabilities, we’re expanding. We’re a young entrepreneurial company that doesn’t view research as a cost centre – that’s a refreshing attitude and is one of the reasons I came on board myself.” The new jobs at ASRW are a “launch pad” for recent graduates to take their equity research careers to a new level, he says. “I’m looking for candidates with at least a year’s experience in research and who’ve demonstrated a hunger to learn new skills. I want people I can nurture, so they can grow their careers as ASRW expands.” ASRW was founded in 2009 as an Australian provider of investment advice and dealing services to corporate and private clients. It’s now grown to employ more than 50 people and is part of the Amalgamated Australian Investment Group (AAIG), which owns several integrated and diversified financial services businesses. “If you join ASRW, we’ll give you a unique platform to present your research at an early stage in your career. Your name will be on it; your expertise will be out in the market,” says Montague-Jones. “And because we’re fairly small, we can help build your skills and give your career development more attention than you’d get at a larger bank or brokerage.” As well as equity analysts, ASRW and parent company AAIG are both recruiting advisers and are offering competitive salaries and brokerage splits, as well as high volume and quality lead-flow. “The quantity and calibre of staff hired in the last 12 months have led to a continued positive shift in our culture. Each individual brand within AAIG employs experienced and well-regarded industry professionals,” says Montague-Jones. This continued group-wide expansion means there are regularly new job opportunities for experienced, motivated and dynamic people, who can demonstrate a strong commitment to client service and a track record of success. “It’s an exciting time to be in an AAIG firm because we’re heavily re-investing into the businesses with new technologies and products as well as new staff,” adds Montague-Jones. “All of this is aimed at providing an unrivalled service to clients and making working for an AAIG company a rewarding experience.” ASRW prides itself on “thinking ahead of the curve”. “Too many brokers are pumping out mediocre research. Here you need to have fresh ideas that people haven’t heard of before – that’s the challenge of these new jobs we’re creating in our Sydney office.” What does it take to succeed as an equity analyst at ASRW? “Think laterally about the implications of events – the effect of an OPEC meeting on energy stocks, for example – and form opinions about the underlying trends in a sector,” says Montague-Jones. “The key is to increase the quality of our research so we retain the trust of our customers and make sure they invest wisely.” To test whether candidates will cut it at ASRW, Montague-Jones asks them during the recruitment process to make a presentation about a company they would recommend investing in. “Some people give all the right answers in the interview and look good on paper, but they’re not so strong when presenting,” he says. “Working as an equity analyst at ASRW is about commanding an audience – whether that’s on a webinar or even on TV – so you must be confident and know what you’re talking about.” A presentation tests your research expertise and acts as a gauge on how you would perform in front of a client. “We want to walk away from the interview actually wanting to buy the stock you’ve just pitched to us,” says Montague-Jones. ASRW’s size and its “interactive” culture prevent staff becoming siloed in their jobs, he adds. “Everyone at the firm and in the wider AAIG group can see what you’re doing. We have a track record of being transparent and honest about every stock call,” he says. “I have weekly investment meetings with senior management, for example. If they’re concerned about a particular stock, I can look them in the eye and reassure them.” Montague-Jones now enjoys the flexibility to cover stocks across all sectors. “If there’s a particular company I find appealing, I can focus on it regardless of industry – that’s quite unusual for a research job. I don’t feel constrained working here as there’s freedom to navigate the market.” He’s also finding ASRW to be a “fun and inclusive” place to work. “You don’t just communicate with other equity advisors. It’s like being part of a corporate family because you interact with the whole company. In the past, I haven’t had many dealings with people in compliance, for example, but here I know everyone,” says Montague-Jones. “Careers here are very dynamic. The market is always evolving, so your mind is kept active and every working day is completely different,” he says. “I’m constantly learning new things about companies, industries and macro trends – even after 24 years of working in equities.” If you are keen to express your interest in working for AAIG, send your details to or visit our website for more information. ******* For more information, please contact: Demand for real-time trading education on the rise among self-directed investors 2017-08-29T23:46:35Z demand-for-real-time-trading-education-on-the-rise-among-self-directed-investors SYDNEY: The demand for real-time trading education is on the rise among self-directed investors according to recent findings from the Australian Stock Report. “We are getting a lot of inquiries from our clients – even those who have been long-term investors,” said Chris Conway, Chief Market and Trading Strategist at Australian Stock Report. “Investors are definitely wanting to be more self-directed. They want to make their own well-informed investment decisions rather than be following instructions on what to buy or sell,” he added. In response to this growing demand from investors, the Australian Stock Report has launched Real-Time Trading Workshops where attendees will learn proprietary trading strategies that can be used to trade stocks, currencies, indices, and commodities. Conway added that while many traders and investors have knowledge about the markets, “What we’re finding out is that many people need a structure for their trading,” “They need the discipline and a solid trading plan. And that’s what we are giving them in these workshops.” Based on the initial responses from workshop attendees, Conway said: “Traders and investors agree that when it comes to trading and investing in the markets, theory is good but practice is better.” Helen from Victoria, one of the attendees in a recent real-time trading workshop said: “I found the technical analysis workshop conducted by Australian Stock Report very worthwhile. It has helped me improve my stock selection as well as and more probably more important when to exit a stock,” “And this has helped me a lot in minimising losses and not losing all my profits,” she added. The real-time trading workshops are being run by Chris Conway and Stuart McPhee, a private trader, best-selling author and personal trading coach. Both have several decades of real trading experience that they can share with the attendees.  Traders and investors attending the workshops will learn: ·       Actual and tested trading strategies for stocks, currencies, indices, and commodities ·       How to trade the markets in real-time guided through the whole decision-making process ·       How to scan and shortlist potential trading opportunities ·       How to use important risk management rules that fit your trading strategy   According to Conway the hands-on style of the workshops makes it ideal for those who are looking to get started in the markets and would like to get more guidance. It will also be helpful to traders who want to gain a behind-the-scenes look at how fundamental and technical tools can be used to beat the markets. “And we are also getting many self-directed investors who are looking to discuss their own investment choices with us who have been in the markets for several decades now,” Conway said. The next Australian Stock Report real-time trading workshop will be on 22-23 September 2017. You can contact them to register at:   *** For more information, please contact: Eva Diaz 0421 333 763   Ashley Jessen 0416 099 696   Training on foreign exchange is presented by Amalgamated Australian Investment Solutions Pty Limited (ABN 61 123 680 106 – AFSL 314 614).     Australian Stock Report launches real-time trading education workshops 2017-08-22T23:40:06Z australian-stock-report-launches-real-time-trading-education-workshops SYDNEY: 23 August 2017: The growing number of Australians becoming more self-directed with their investment is creating the demand for trading education.   In response to this, the Australian Stock Report has launched Real-Time Trading Workshops where attendees will learn proprietary trading strategies that can be used to trade stocks, currencies, indices, and commodities.   “We are getting a lot of inquiries about trading education. Investors are definitely wanting to be more self-directed rather than be following instructions on what to buy or sell,” said Chris Conway, Chief Market and Trading Strategist at Australian Stock Report.   He added that while many traders and investors have knowledge about the markets, “What we’re finding out is that many people need a structure for their trading,”   “They need the discipline and a solid trading plan. And that’s what we are giving them in this workshop.”   Based on the initial responses from workshop attendees, Conway said: “Traders and investors agree that when it comes to trading and investing in the markets, theory is good but practice is better.”   The real-time trading workshops are being run by Conway and Stuart McPhee, a private trader, best-selling author, and personal trading coach. Both have several decades of real trading experience that they can share with the attendees.   Traders and investors attending the workshop will learn: ·       Actual and tested trading strategies for stocks, currencies, indices, and commodities ·       How to trade the markets in real-time guided through the whole decision-making process ·       How to scan and shortlist potential trading opportunities ·       How to use important risk management rules that fit your trading strategy   According to Conway the hands-on style of the workshops makes it ideal for those who are looking to get started in the markets and would like to get more guidance. It will also be helpful to traders who want to gain a behind-the-scenes look at how fundamental and technical tools can be used to beat the markets.   “And we are also getting many self-directed investors who are looking to discuss their own investment choices with us who have been in the markets for several decades now,” Conway said.   The next Australian Stock Report real-time trading workshop will be on 22-23 September 2017. You can contact them to register at:   Training on foreign exchange is presented by Amalgamated Australian Investment Solutions Pty Limited (ABN 61 123 680 106 – AFSL 314 614). *** For more information, please contact: Eva Diaz 0421 333 763   Ashley Jessen 0416 099 696   New advanced automation options for AxiTrader clients 2017-08-09T22:30:38Z new-advanced-automation-options-for-axitrader-clients Global Forex broker AxiTrader has announced that the leading trade management tool, Mirror Trader, is now available to its clients free of charge.  Developed by the financial technology company Tradency, Mirror Trader allows a user to follow and copy the trades of professional traders. The automated trading software is designed to continuously analyse currency markets and automatically execute trades based on a user’s specific criteria. Unlike some basic trade management tools, Mirror Trader comes with as many as 3,000 predefined and proven trading strategies, based on complex algorithms designed by experienced traders. Retail traders can manually browse and filter these strategies, view their past performance and select only those they want to follow. “One of the things that attracted us to Mirror Trader is its versatility," says Louis Cooper, AxiTrader's Global Head of Retail Services. “It’s not about finding a single winning strategy, it’s about giving traders evidence based options and the power to orchestrate a collection of strategies suited to their trading style and end goals.” As the popularity of online trading has grown in recent years the number of developers offering trading software has grown alongside it, requiring a strong risk based approach from businesses towards the use of third party technology. “As an established global brand, trust in the technology we use is absolutely essential," says Cooper. “We’re regularly approached by developers seeking to promote trading software they have built, but we’re very discerning about who we choose to work with and are very thorough in our risk assessments and testing. We’ll only partner with a third party product if we're confident the platform does what it claims, satisfies regulatory and risk management requirements and has the potential to give our clients an advantage in the markets.” “Mirror Trader definitely has that real value, whether it’s for beginners using it to get an insight into how top traders think and work, or for pros using it as a source of extra reference and reinforcement. Traders can see for themselves how strategies have performed and can use that to manage their own levels of risk.” The program will be available to AxiTrader clients as a complimentary service, although minimum monthly trading volumes may apply. “This is not the kind of service that’s typically made available to all traders as it’s viewed as quite an advanced trade management tool. However, we think Mirror Trader has the potential to be advantageous to traders across the spectrum, so we're delighted to make the tool available to any clients who want to try it," says Cooper. “By giving our clients access to the best tools, hopefully, we can help them become better and more successful traders.”  ******* About AxiTrader Founded in 2007, AxiTrader has grown to become a leader in global online FX, CFD and Commodity trading with clients in more than 150 countries. It is a fully licensed and regulated broker, with FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) approval.   Atlantic Pacific Securities is now ASR Wealth Advisers 2017-07-20T00:52:11Z atlantic-pacific-securities-is-now-asr-wealth-advisers Sydney – 20 July 2017: Atlantic Pacific Securities (APSEC) has today officially announced it is rebranding to ASR Wealth Advisers (ASRW).  In tandem with the move, the company has also launched its newly redesigned website to better portray the premium brand and the quality of its core services.  The rebranding effort is aimed at aligning APSEC with the Australian Stock Report brand – another company under the larger Amalgamated Australian Investment Group umbrella.  Since inception, the Group has strived to build an integrated and diversified financial services offering. This rebranding is a major step forward in driving synergy across operations.  Commenting on the rebranding, Chief Executive Officer Anthony D’Paul said: “We see this rebranding as a major opportunity to consolidate our operations and leverage more from the significant brand awareness that the Australian Stock Report offers,”  “This consolidation process will help us in our next phase of growth and provide an even better client service experience.”  Over the past six months, ASR Wealth Advisers has been expanding its client base as well as its business segments amidst an uptick in demand for its core services of Corporate Advisory and Research.  Following this growth, ASR Wealth Advisers will soon relocate to 333 George Street in Sydney to help provide more space for its growing operations. ********* ASR Wealth Advisers:   $7 billion remittance industry set for massive shake-up 2017-03-28T06:20:48Z 7-billion-remittance-industry-set-for-massive-shake-up Sydney Australia: The $7 billion Australian money remittance industry is set for a massive shake-up as a new wave of online and digital-based players enter the market. Ashley Jessen, CEO of Profile Booster, Australia’s leading financial content marketing company, says the retail money remittance industry is a top candidate for fintech disruption and innovation. “A few years ago, most of the fintech companies have been focused on creating products and services for the investment, wealth creation and stock market. But now we are seeing more fintech companies coming up with payments and money transfer solutions,” “The remittance sector will definitely benefit from more advanced technologies and innovative solutions being launched across the globe,” Jessen says. Jessen’s observations came following the aggressive expansion and buoyant merger and acquisition activities among the top players in the global money remittance industry. Early this year, MoneyGram, one of the biggest money remittance providers, accepted an offer to be bought by Ant Financial, an affiliate of China’s Alibaba Group. But that bid was bested by Euronet Worldwide, which offered a higher price to buy MoneyGram. The high level of M&A activities is expected to spur more investment in online and digital technology as global players vie for consumers’ share of wallet. And as Fintech companies continue to inch their way in various financial services sectors, tech-savvy remittance providers are expected to gain market share away from the traditional players with massive distribution networks. The World Bank estimates the global remittance industry at around $600 billion dollars. Western Union and MoneyGram, the two biggest players in the industry enjoy a healthy share of the multi-billion-dollar industry. Double-digit growth forecast for online remittance services While the majority of remittance transactions are still done through physical distribution networks like money kiosks, remittance centres or through banks, online remittance services are also growing. Current industry estimates show that only about 5 percent of the total global remittances are done through online channels. But that’s about to change as more people are getting access to the Internet and digital technology, which will push online remittance services to hit the forecast double digit growth in the next 3-5 years. In fact, over the past few years, Australian has seen a host of technology-powered online remittance providers including WorldRemit and TransferWise – two of the pure online providers that are aggressively expanding their global presence. World Remit, a UK-founded pure online remittance provider, has opened its Australian operation in 2012. It has also set-up offices in the Philippines and Hong Kong as part of its Asian expansion over the past two years. Michael Liu, Regional Director for Asia Pacific at World Remit, says being a pure online remittance provider gives the company and its clients a distinct advantage over their rivals with physical distribution networks. “The core premise of our online service is to make the money transfer process quicker, easier and more secure,” says Liu. WorldRemit lets people send money overseas using a computer, smart phone or tablet. Liu says with more and more people accessing the Internet and preferring to do transactions online, WorldRemit expects that online will be the dominant remittance platform in the future. He foresees online remittance companies to be the disruptors in the industry and estimates the current 5 per cent share of online transactions will grow to about 30 per cent in the next few years. Liu says WorldRemit processes approximately 580,000 transactions per month globally with Asia Pacific sending countries accounting for a big portion of the total figure. The company is confident the numbers will continue to grow as it expands its global footprint. TransferWise, another UK-founded online remittance company, has also entered the Australian market and is eyeing to serve the millions of cross-cultural and expat population. “What’s interesting with this new wave of online remittance companies is how they’re using digital technology, social media and other technology-based strategy to win market share from the traditional players,” Jessen from Profile Booster said. He added, “And we must be seeing only the beginning of what could be massive changes in this industry as we see more people embrace and use mobile apps and social media to do their financial transactions.” Migration powers multi-billion remittance industry In its Migration and Remittance Factbook 2016, the World Bank estimates that more than 247 million people live outside their countries of birth. And this number is expected to rise as international migration continues to grow. The same report paints a growing global remittance business which mirrors the growth in migrant workers seeking employment outside of their home countries. Whether they have migrated permanently or working as contract workers, these millions of people have created a multi-billion-dollar remittance industry. In Australia, the retail remittance industry is estimated at around $7 billion according to the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS). “And this industry will continue to grow due to the influx of migrants,” says Ken Davis, ACFS’s Research Director. And that’s good news to the money transfer operators (MTOs) or remittance companies that have seen consistently healthy growth over the past few years. Michael Minassian, head of Australia, Indonesia and Oceania at MoneyGram, confirms that the migrant workers are the biggest factor behind the growth of the remittance industry. “With more people moving from country to country – including migrant workers and permanent migrants – there is an ongoing need for remittance services,” “Most of the clients in the retail remittance sector are migrants sending money back to their home countries,” says Minassian. According to MoneyGram, a big part of the remittance money sent overseas is spent on day-to-day subsistence (45 per cent) while paying bills also take up a big chunk at about 22 percent. Celebrating special occasions also get a 20 percent share while religious festivities get a healthy 17 percent share. Justin Rampono, director at The Currency Shop, shares Minassian’s observation. He says: “We’ve never seen this high level of migration before. Today, people are more connected than ever and there is a very high level of migration going on globally. These are all contributing to the need and growth for remittance providers and services.” In Australia, the mobility of the migrant population has fuelled the growth of the big remittance companies including Western Union and MoneyGram as well as the network of small and medium-sized MTOs. MoneyGram, which ranks number 2 after Western Union, has been aggressively expanding for the past five years. To date, MoneyGram has over 500 retail outlets including the 7-11 network of convenience stores. MoneyGram boasts one of the largest physical distribution channels in the remittance industry, which allows the company to reach a wide range of clients. According to Minassian, “We are in the business of providing the channels and infrastructure relevant to the people that we serve. If a customer needs a physical kiosk or store location, we provide that. If they prefer to do transactions online, we also provide that.” Given the appetite for expansion of the dominant players like Western Union and MoneyGram, the pure online providers may not have an easy win over their more traditional rivals. This is because even those with the physical distribution network like MoneyGram are also now moving into online remittance. According to Minassian, “MoneyGram is about providing the infrastructure and channel required by our clients.” He cites India as an example of a country that requires a multi-channel remittance service. This is because the large population of blue collar and white collar migrant workers remit money using different platforms. Blue collar workers with families in remote villages prefer to use the face-to-face remittance network, while the white-collar workers tend to go for the online channels. “So, while we have one of the widest networks of physical distribution, we are also investing heavily on online and digital channels,” Minassian says. Mobile Money: Will it mean the end of face-to-face remittance? While online remittance services are eating up on the traditional face-to-face network, another stream of technology-based money transfer is also gathering momentum. It is called mobile money. With billions of people across the globe owning mobile phones, smart phones and other mobile devices, industry observers say it is just a matter of time before mobile money (mobile payment) become the preferred way of receiving and sending money. We are already seeing some form of mobile money transactions, particularly in remote areas where there is lack of banking facilities and financial institutions. For example, some countries in Africa, South East Asia and South Pacific are already using mobile money for grocery shopping, paying medical bills and other day-to-day transactions. According to Liu from WorldRemit, “We are seeing a huge push toward mobile money where people don’t have access to banking services or facilities. People in those countries can easily store money on their mobile devices even if they don’t have a bank account.” With mobile money, anyone who has a mobile phone can send or receive money. The amount stored on the mobile phone can then be spent on any transaction. While it is still in its early days, technological advances and the growing demand for speed and mobility, are all boding well for mobile money to skyrocket. Currrently, WorldRemit’s distribution network includes connections to over 110 million mobile money accounts. Based on all indications, the retail remittance industry is looking at a positive and healthy growth path ahead. However, there are pockets within the industry that could still do with more improvement and efficiency. ******** About Profile Booster Profile Booster is Australia's leading financial content marketing company. It specialises in creating and promoting authority content in the financial services sector. APSEC launches Text-to-Trade service 2017-03-06T01:56:44Z apsec-launches-text-to-trade-service SYDNEY – 6 March 2017: Atlantic Pacific Securities (APSEC) is launching Text-to-Trade (T2T) service, a trade recommendation service that uses mobile technology. The new service will provide traders with the unprecedented convenience of being able to action trades whenever and wherever they wish without the need to dial their adviser or be in the proximity of their computer or trading platform. The unique service allows clients to take up trade recommendations generated by APSEC’s team of analysts simply by responding to a text message. Subscribers receive trade recommendations containing the trade details, target and stop loss prices via text message and just need to reply “yes” to take up the trade. This is a non-discretionary service so you need only to participate in the trade ideas that make sense to you. With this service, clients can now remain involved in the markets while being able to continue with whatever else they choose to do, be it shopping, having lunch, or working. All orders will be placed via APSEC’s execution partner, Saxo Capital Markets. In a recent statement on the service launch, APSEC Chief Executive Officer Anthony D’Paul commented: “We are delighted with the positive feedback from our valued clients following the launch of our Text-To-Trade service,” “It is very encouraging to see that our heavy investment into research and development to create this trading solution has paid off. We are looking to roll this service out to the traders across Australia in 2017." ******** Disclaimer: All recommendations published via the T2T service will be provided on a general advice basis and issued with no consideration for your existing portfolio or personal investment strategy.  Australian Stock Report launches new website 2017-01-24T00:18:01Z australian-stock-report-launches-new-website 24 January 2016: SYDNEY -- Leading online investment and trading report, Australian Stock Report (ASR) has undergone a branding revamp, recently unveiling a major redesign of its logo and website.The launch comes after several months of planning and development across all areas of the business. The firm believes it has created a website that addresses the need for information and analysis among long-term investors and short-term Australian traders. Commenting on the rebranding, Anthony D’Paul Australian Stock Report CEO stated: “We are always actively responding to market changes and more importantly the needs of our clients. We intend to increase our presence as the national leader of Investment research and trading provider by optimising our product and service offering.” “By providing a website that is rich in information and analysis, we are giving investors and traders the ability to make informed decisions on a daily basis,” D’Paul added. The new ASR website boasts a number of new features including in-depth analysis of individual companies and expert insights to go along with our extensive education portal that caters to traders; both novice and expert. “In our constant effort to provide the very best tools and market insights to traders – we are pleased and excited to announce the launch of the new Australian Stock Report website” D’Paul added. The branding refresh marks the beginning of a series of exciting and innovative enhancements to the firm’s offering, reflecting its commitment to empower each and every one of our clients with the tools to help make effective investment and trading decisions. According to Bao Huynh, ASR Marketing Manager, in a recent statement on the web redesign: “The new visual identity and web experience are bold and modern, reflecting our leadership position as a firm of choice for superior marker insight, stock picks and trade recommendations.” “It delivers on our goal of providing a seamless and consistent customer experience across a variety of platforms and devices and, above all, represents our ongoing commitment to providing customers with everything they need to realise their trading potential and investment goals,” he added.   -          ENDS – About Australian Stock Report At Australian Stock Report, we are committed to delivering only well-researched, considered and targeted investment insights. With a strong focus on quality over quantity, we’re here to deliver the best insights, rather than the most. We are single-minded in our dedication to our clients’ financial success. Visit us on Ascot Securities bolsters Wealth Advisory and Institutional teams with the key appointments 2016-12-06T05:34:24Z ascot-securities-bolsters-wealth-advisory-and-institutional-teams-with-the-key-appointments SYDNEY – 6 December 2016 : Capitalising on a period of strong growth and expansion, ASX Market Participant Ascot Securities has bolstered its Wealth Advisory and Institutional teams with the appointment of six financial market professionals: Sean Sandilands, Timothy Radford, Henry Fung, Damian Shrubsole, Ian Simmonds and Mark Murray. These appointments are in line with the company’s growth plans, which involve expanding and solidifying its presence in the stockbroking industry with a focus on both the Wealth Advisory and Institutional space. In the Wealth Advisory side of the business, the firm has appointed Sean, Timothy and Henry. Sean brings a wealth of experience to the firm with over 20 years of experience in the Australian equity markets and has held roles with other firms including, Merrill Lynch, RBS Morgans and RM Capital. Timothy has extensive investment management, research and advisory experience across domestic and global equities, FX and derivatives markets. He has held senior roles at Rivkin Securities and more recently Shaw and Partners. Henry has over 10 years of industry experience and has worked for BBY and PhillipCapital. He specialises in Australian and US equities, options and CFDs. Henry is also a trading educator, training students in technical, fundamental and macroeconomic analysis and runs a one-off share sale service for Ascot Securities. Part of the company’s recent recruitment drive sees former OliveTree Financial trio: Ian Simmonds, Damian and Mark Murray join the Ascot Institutional Desk. Ian will step into his role as Head of Institutional sales while Damian and Mark have been appointed as Institutional Sales Executives. Ian has over 36 years’ experience in the financial markets and specialises in providing optimised solutions for institutional clients. Having held Executive positions for a number of Investment Banks and Brokers, he will bring a wealth of knowledge and leadership to Ascot Securities. Commenting on the appointments, Ascot Securities Managing Director Matthew Roberts said: “We are bringing the best talents to the company. All six gentlemen will bring in extensive market experience and depth into our team. I am confident they will contribute to our growth and expansion efforts.” These appointments follow a positive 12 months for Ascot Securities, who was a Platinum Sponsor at the Australian Stockbrokers Awards and more recently an event attendee at the ASX options seminars in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. With a strong foundation as well as an ever-growing brand presence, the company is in a great position to maintain healthy growth into the future. ******** Aussie dollar sold off as US interest rate jitters hit markets 2016-09-12T01:24:40Z aussie-dollar-sold-off-as-us-interest-rate-jitters-hit-markets 12 September 2016: SYDNEY -- The Australian dollar was sold off on the weekend as the prospect of an impending rate hike in the US gathered momentum. The currency was trading around the .7540 level on a quiet open of trade this morning. “The Aussie dollar has run out of gusto as the hawkishness of the European Central Bank (ECB) and US rate hike jitters have taken hold of currency markets,” said Stephen Innes, senior currency trader at CFD and FX broker OANDA Australia and Asia Pacific. “Traders sold off the Aussie dollar with impunity, along with other risk-sensitive currencies,” Innes added. According to Innes, “We could be on the verge of a powerful concurrence of factors as volatility takes grip. Traders have been quick to price in worst case scenario as interest rate rise jitter start taking hold and has resulted in some fairly assertive moves in bond, equity, and forex asset classes.” There are two concurrent explanations for what is driving sentiment according to Innes. One, The ECB did not extend its Quantitative Easing (QE), which provoked a sell-off in Bund markets, which fed into the medium to long end US Bond curve. Two, traders have convinced themselves the US Feds are marching out Leal Brainard, known for her dovish leanings, to bang the Fed’s September rate hike drum. Fed members Brainard, Lockhart, and Kashkari are all set to talk on Monday and the final speakers before the blackout period start at midnight on September 13. Innes said, “Brainard is the key piece of the September jigsaw puzzle and will attract the most attention.” At this stage, he said there's a consistent undertone building among the Fed Board that delaying rate hikes will hinder rather than assist the economic recovery.  “However, as the market comes to grip with this real possibility and prepares for currency market turbulence, what is important to remember is that September or December timing is secondary to that actual pace of US rate hikes,” Innes said. He added, “In which case, it is equally important that the Feds clearly communicate their intentions to help minimize market volatile.” ******** For more information, visit: About OANDA OANDA transformed the business of foreign exchange through an innovative approach to forex trading. The company’s industry leading online trading platform, fxTrade, introduced a number of firsts to the marketplace, including immediate execution; instant settlement on trades; trades of any size between one unit and 10 million units; and interest calculated by the second. Over the years, the company has been presented with a host of international awards, which attest to the power and flexibility of its world-class trading platform. According to the 2015 Australia Foreign Exchange Report conducted by Investment Trends, Australian traders voted OANDA the industry leader for education, value for money, consistency of filling trades at the quoted price, commissions, research tools and ease of platform use. Australian shares finish higher led by healthcare sector 2016-08-30T08:01:53Z australian-shares-finish-higher-led-by-healthcare-sector SYDNEY: 30 AUGUST 2016: The Australian share market finished higher today despite a drop early in the session this morning. “We saw the market opened strongly breaking through 5500 level, but then it dropped fairly quickly. It is good to see it managed to still finished the day higher,” said Chris Conway, Head of Research and Trading at Australian Stock Report. According to Conway, the top performing sector was Healthcare which added 1.2%, led by Ramsay Healthcare (RHC) which was up 7.8 per cent. Estia Health (EHE) had another poor day lagging the rest of the index by dropping 15.1 per cent. On the other hand, Austal Ltd (ASB) had a great day adding 14 per cent following its positive guidance from their earnings results yesterday. Flexigroup (FXL) had a positive full year report, giving a commitment to retain their payout ratio after positive double-digit growth, the stock added 7.5 per cent in trading today. Gateway Lifestyle (GTY) was the other poor performer today, dropping 13 per cent today after releasing full year results. In the commodities markets, Brent Crude oil finished slightly higher at $US49.4 (0.2%), Iron ore was mostly unchanged adding at $US59.14, and Spot Gold was flat losing $US0.9 (0.1%) to $US1322.6. In the currency markets, the Aussie dollar was buying 75.66 US cents as the US dollar continued to get support on the back of expectations of a rate rise in the US. The S&P/ASX 200 finished at 5478.3 up 9.1 points (0.2%). ********* For more information, visit: US interest rates dominate investors’ minds 2016-08-30T04:56:52Z us-interest-rates-dominate-investors-minds 30 AUGUST 2016: SYDNEY - With most of the company reporting season out of the way, investors are now focusing their attention on the US interest rate move.“Investors are totally pre-occupied with the next move on US interest rate,” said Gary Huxtable, client adviser at Atlantic Pacific Securities.  “With the market pricing in over a 60% chance of an interest rate hike this year, investors have moved from whether there will be a rate rise this year to a more focused outlook of the timing. It feels like investors are thinking it is not a question of if, but a question of when.” Jobs data the next catalyst According to Huxtable, as it stands now, “Friday’s US non-farm payrolls looms as the next catalyst to change this dynamic. A strong result will place a September rate hike on the cards,” said Huxtable.  Stock rotation in action At the same time, he noted the stock rotation out of bond proxies into financials and cyclical names. “On the back of this outlook, investors have been re-positioning themselves this morning, with telecommunication and utilities underperforming the index,” he said.  “With financials and materials underperforming over the last 18 months, the confidence and visibility in the earnings of the utilities and telco sector have lead them to become market darlings, as investors chase yield in these names,” he said.  “We saw the likes of Fortescue Metals Group enjoying a strong start to the morning despite a lacklustre performance from commodities overnight,” he said.  According to Huxtable, “Financial stocks have been impacted by a flat yield curve over the last 12-18 months, and as we saw last night with financials leading the index in the US, our banks are also enjoying some buying pressure this morning, as they stand to benefit from a higher interest rate environment. Friday’s Non-farm payrolls will be crucial to see if this dynamic continues to play out moving forward,” said Huxtable.  ********* For more information, visit: Australian shares start the week on a negative note 2016-08-22T07:00:40Z australian-shares-start-the-week-on-a-negative-note 22 August 2016: SYDNEY -- The Australian share market started the new trading week on a negative note, as the earnings results kept on rolling in. “Weakness in energy, materials telcos and financials was enough to overcome strength in industrials, consumer staples and property stocks,” said Chris Conway, Head of Research at Australian Stock Report. Among the oilers, Santos (STO) was clearly the worst, losing close to 7 per cent. Oil Search (OSH) lost 2per cent. According to Conway all of the big miners lost ground; BHP Billiton (BHP) shed 1.6 per cent, whilst Fortescue Metals (FMG) gave up 2.4 per cent despite delivering solid results this morning. The big four banks were all weaker, with Commonwealth Bank (CBA) the worst of the lot, off 0.5 per cent. The biggest movers on the day were APN Outdoor (APO), which slumped a massive 35 per cent on a disappointing outlook. Earlier on the day APN downgraded its earnings following a lack of advertising demand, citing an extended election campaign and the Olympics as catalysts. Having a better time of things was GWA Group (GWA), which surged more than 18 per cent on its numbers drop. All told, the ASX 200 shed 15 points (-0.3per cent), settling at 5512. ****** For more information, visit: Blue chips still flat as investors ignore Woolworths' efforts to rejig customer loyalty program 2016-08-22T03:06:06Z blue-chips-still-flat-as-investors-ignore-woolworths-efforts-to-rejig-customer-loyalty-program 22 August 2016: SYDNEY -- Australian shares continue to consolidate above the 5500 level with the index heavy weights doing little to lift the market higher at the open of trade this week. “Investors seem to be disregarding Woolworths’ (WOW) attempts to rejig their customer loyalty program, and the stock is trading relatively flat this morning,” said Gary Huxtable, private client adviser at Atlantic Pacific Securities. “Bank stocks as well as Telstra are also flat,” According to Huxtable, most of the action this morning has been in the outdoor advertising space. “APN Outdoor (APO) downgraded its earnings following a lack of advertising demand, sighting an extended election campaign and the Olympics as catalysts,” He added that due to APO’s large market share, the market has been surprised that recent industry figures indicating 18% growth year on year, has only translated to a 10% increase in revenue for APO. Market reaction has quickly trickled down to other media shares. According to Huxtable, “This has quickly been priced into fellow outdoor advertiser OOH! Media (OML). The price action we’ve seen this morning is a stark reminder of the downside risk involved by choosing to hold companies which are priced for perfection into earnings announcements.”Outside of this space, materials and energy stocks are the laggards this morning, following softer commodity prices on Friday, with a stronger US dollar the main catalyst. Huxtable pointed out that, “One exception is Woodside Petroleum which has become the pick of the energy plays recently,” “Management’s decision earlier this year, to position itself for lower prices for longer using a $35 per barrel assumption has been well received by the market of late, and on a technical front, has recently confirmed a break of the two-year downtrend.” Over the weekend, global markets were down on Friday following hawkish comments from the Federal Reserve officials, increasing the markets expectation of a US rate hike. However, Huxtable pointed out that the market may be overlooking the fact that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has never raised interest rates within 2 months of a federal election before. “Whilst history doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, it does rhyme, and as such the probabilities indicate that whilst Fed officials may continue to jawbone to increase sentiment towards the long term prospects of the US economy, they are unlikely to pull the trigger,” he said.  ******* For more information, visit: