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Managing your shares

 

Arguably your most important function as an investor is to monitor and manage your shareholding.

 

Monitoring your portfolio

When you become a shareholder keep an eye on how your shares are performing. Depending how interested you are, check the previous day’s close or monitor share prices (delayed 20 minutes) by searching on your company by CODE or NAME above. The newspapers can generally also provide you with the highest and lowest sale price of the day, the 52-week high and low, PE ratios, and dividend yields.

Much of the basic data you need to monitor your portfolio is also available on our own site. Many of the broker websites also allow you to set up a watchlist or portfolio so you can monitor the ups and downs. 

 

Managing your portfolio

Managing means more than just monitoring share prices and keeping records of purchases, sales, dividends, bonus issues etc. It also means watching your companies (yes they are partly yours).

Each listed company has to disclose information to the market that is material to the value of its shares as soon as directors and management become aware of that information. So if company personnel are aware of information that might persuade a reasonable investor to buy or sell shares, they have to get it out in the market place.

Companies do that by way of formal announcements to NZX which are immediately released to the market. All investors are then equally aware of and can trade on the information. That's the theory. In practice there are just too many unexplained movements in share prices prior to the release of data and announcements are often just marketing blurb.

 

We have not yet seen a market release to the effect that

"directors are pleased to announce the successful appointment of liquidators to the company, a step they believe is in the best interests of shareholders and that will greatly assist in preserving and enhancing shareholder value",  

but we have seen some that go close!

 

 

We have not yet seen a market release to the effect that "directors are pleased to announce the successful appointment of liquidators to the company, a step they believe is in the best interests of shareholders and that will greatly assist in preserving and enhancing shareholder value", but we have seen some that go close!

You can even put pressure on companies to perform. Consider going to company AGMs and asking questions or getting the New Zealand Shareholders Association to represent you.

In the long run, share prices reflect underlying company performance; if your companies are financially healthy so also your portfolio. Keep a weather eye on the broad picture of how the economy is going (see sources of various economic commentaries below).

 

 

 

  Change of address:   

 Yes this is vital. You can update address changes online (you will need your Investor Number and FIN) for Computershare or Link Market Services (first check which registry your company is with, by entering the code or name in the SEARCH facility above)

 

FURTHER READING

 

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Thank you for the wonderful service you provide through your website. I've had the pleasure of selling a parcel of shares: easy, efficient, and very cost-effective. And I especially like the super-easy way your site allows me to chase up companies' various name changes, and so remain up-to-date.
I Brandli, Coffs Harbour NSW


…out of all the exchanges that I do research for, your particular web site makes finding information so easy. I wish the rest of the world would follow your footsteps. Reuters


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