23 October 2019
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Tim Boreham

Welcome to the New Criterion, authored by Tim Boreham.

Many readers will remember Boreham as author of the Criterion column in The Australian newspaper, for well over a decade. He also has more than three decades’ experience of business reporting across three major publications.

Tim Boreham has now joined Independent Investment Research and is proud to present The New Criterion, which will honour the style and purpose of the old column. These were based on covering largely ignored small- to mid-cap stocks in an accessible and entertaining manner for both retail and professional investors.

The New Criterion will strive to continue the tradition in a weekly online format.

The column will not offer stock recommendations because we think readers can make up their own mind on the facts and opinions presented.

Our coverage will include both the industrial and mining sectors, including listed investment companies and IPOs. The stocks covered will not necessarily be of investment grade with sound financials. But they will have credible management and – at the very least – an interesting story to tell.

We hope readers will find The New Criterion both entertaining and informative.

Substitute 'meat' for him

What do Katy Perry, Serena Williams, rapper Jay Z, Leonardo Dicaprio and Bill Gates have in common with fake meat?

A toy story

Can Buzz Lightyear and Woody come to this rescue of the beleaguered toy distributor?

What's false eyelashes got to do with it?

Many supermarket suppliers haven’t had much fun over the last decade but here’s a sector stalwart in the $17 billion body beautiful business who fighting its way out of the retailing wilderness.

Surge in shared office space

Shared office space used to be just that: cheap digs for start-up enterprises to house their staff before hanging out their own shingle. While it is a burgeoning property sub-sector, is the market overly frothy?

Everyone's talking medical marijuana but what about hemp?

Enough talk about medicinal or recreational dope. What’s been happening to the market for hemp since the US fully legalised hemp last year?

How high can pot stocks go?

With more approvals for the use of medical cannabis, the uptick is benefiting the ASX-listed pot stocks directly exposed to the local medicinal sector.

Damn, I've been booked

Speedsters and parking infringers might be interested in these two stocks!

Gold's bonanza run

With gold's romp beyond A$2,000 an ounce, investors are looking closer at ASX-listed local gold producers, despite some problems in the mid tier that have tarnished the sector.

The boom in egaming/esports

Video gaming (egaming) has become a multi-billion dollar industry sector, with four ASX minnows jostling for their turn at the console.

Put the phone down, Wendy

With young kids subjected to online bullying, image abuse and stress, Victorian and NSW governments are banning mobile phone usage in schools and two listed minnows are eyeing the opportunities.

Flexigroup flexes its muscles at Afterpay

Flexigroup has extended 'buy now, pay later' (BNPL) financing for more than 20 years, but unlike the runaway Afterpay it never clearly promoted the offering, until now.

Rocket man

Since the former ASX-listed market darling NewSat went broke after its $600 million-plus plans to launch a telecommunications satellite crashed and burned, the economics of satellites have changed radically.

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