Four years of Rivkin's best (and worst) trades

The year 2015 has started off as an excellent one for Rivkin Local's 'event' trades , which is any trade that we take with a specific risk, reward and catalyst for an outcome. They often come in t...

Forget buy and hold strategies: make money from takeovers

It's no secret that with global economic headwinds limiting opportunities for expansion, companies are looking for new ways to generate growth. Pegged against a backdrop of low borrowing costs and...

Re: Westpac's $750m hybrid offer

Continuing the trend of the big four banks raising capital (or what amounts to tier one capital), Westpac (ASX: WBC) is the latest bank to announce a $750m hybrid raising which is being offered to...

This media stock created carnage in the Australian media industry yesterday

One sector we have discussed at length in recent years is the media sector. It is a sector that was once a powerhouse in Australia but is one that has been facing major pain in recent years with f...

A takeover we're staying on the sidelines for

The weak Australian dollar has been the catalyst for another big merger, as  Recall Holdings Ltd (ASX: REC) announced this morning that it had agreed a friendly deal with US-based Iron Mountain. I...

iiNet bidding war begins, Optus waiting in the wings

While there was speculation that M2 Group Ltd (ASX: MTU) would not make a bid after announcing a deal for an NZ telco Call Plus on 13 April 2105, they just announced a very ambitious counter bid t...

One takeover opportunity we do not want to be a part of

Takeovers have been a an important pillar in our investment strategy and  knowing which investments to avoid has been as  important a skill as picking the right opportunities. We have stayed on to...

Five long-term stocks to buy now

Here are my five top long-term stocks one could consider buying now: AMP Ltd (ASX: AMP)  - A company with great exposure to the superannuation industry which will continue to grow at above-GDP lev...

Santos Ltd (STO) is getting hammered, what's going on?

After further falls in the oil price overnight, Santos Limited (ASX:STO) is seeing another rough day on the market. Long considered one of the core energy stocks to hold on the Australia market, t...

The Medibank Private IPO – success or failure?

After the incredibly negative press the federal government received after the botched T2 float, it’s not hard to see how politically sensitive privatising a government business can be. Sell off a ...

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