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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.

15 April 2021
Stock winners in the education space

Who’s top of the class post pandemic in the listed education sector?

8 April 2021
Growth brewing in the craft beer market

The craft beer market offers plenty of upside to the discerning operators, but the rising frothy tide of craft brews does not lift all boats.

1 April 2021
“Party” drugs to follow cannabis as a legitimate listed sector?

With their mind blowing medical potential, are hallucinogens the next ASX ‘pot stock’ equivalent?

25 March 2021
3 ASX listed stocks exposed to single party risk

No deal lasts forever and ‘stuff’ happens that results in companies losing major contracts. But here are 3 companies that have worked out solutions to relying on a single party for their business.

18 March 2021
Are these stocks worth the gamble?

What do gambling stocks like Crown, aged care operators and listed salary packaging and novated lease operators like McMillan Shakespeare all have in common?

11 March 2021
STOCK SPOTLIGHT: Limeade & Paygroup

The market for employee engagement tools is expected to expand not just because of the pandemic, but the need for large companies to abide by good employment practices such as fostering diversity and inclusion and efficiently paying their workers. Here are two ‘employee engagement’ stocks.

5 March 2021
The copper rush

Here’s how to play the red metal as a serious shortage looms in the Biden era.

25 February 2021
Bitcoin – the game Millennials love to play

Having fetched $US380 apiece five years ago, Bitcoin last week hit the $US57,000 ($74,000) level before retreating below $US50,000. Is this the start of something big or just a big punt for young players?

18 February 2021
Praemium leads the charge

Here’s what to look out for as the $800 billion investment platform sector feeds on itself.

12 February 2021
What is short selling & what stocks are now being shorted?

Could the ASX become subject to the same trading shenanigans in the US?

4 February 2021
I missed out on Afterpay. Should I fear missing out on other BNPLs?

Among investors, Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is rife as the buy now, play later (BNPL) contagion continues to displace the role of credit cards. Should investors succumb to BNPL FOMO?

28 January 2021
What’s on the menu for fast food investors?

Australian investors have been prevented from taking a decent bite out of the fast food sector to date, with the choice largely limited to Domino’s and Collins Foods.

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