26 years old.
350k in direct shares with about 128k margin loan.
Investing is something I really enjoy and am constantly thinking and learning. To be able to value companies and make good investments I think you need a knowledge of accounting, finance, economics, human psychology, the business and markets that company operates in and a lot of luck. Otherwise achieving the average return through indexing and cost averaging is not a bad way to do things and requires no knowledge or effort. Just decide on your allocation and minimise the costs.
I invest in companies with reliable revenue, not high levels of debt, leader in their market with some good growth prospects and at a good price.
I mainly look at medium sized companies in the top 200-300 range by market cap, large enough to be reliable and liquid but small enough to go unnoticed by the majority of people and still have room to grow.
Hopefully with some growth, they can enter the top 200 and get rerated upwards as they come under the spotlight.
Just a comment on bonds, I don't think there's any need for them in Australia, especially at these low levels of interest rates. Leaving money in ubank is preferable.
If interest rates go up to like 10% then some long maturity bonds would be a good idea.
I also don't like hybrids. They are like the worse of both worlds of cash and shares. Unless you buy at a large discount there's no upside potential if the company does well but there is a downside potential if the company does poorly.
I think the prices for the popular bluechip stocks, banks, telstra and wow etc are getting to the high part of the cycle now. I hear lots of people wanting to start investing in shares which is always a sign that things are getting expensive.
That doesn't mean that the prices can't get much higher though. Who knows how long things will run for before we get cheap prices again and nobody wants to invest in shares. Even with the overall market high though, there are always individual opportunities out there.