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For whom the dividend warning bell tolls

Scott Phillips   The road to annoyed shareholders is paved with unkept promises.

Are market trends your friends?

Being able to take a view of the future is vital for investors.

Scott Phillips   Being able to take a view of the future, however dimly, is vital when it comes to investing.

Turnbull should learn his lesson, from Obama

President Barack Obama is looking forward. Photo: AP

Claude Walker   Barack Obama knows that returns to society aren't always measured with a $ symbol

Bank shareholders given an RBA jolt

The big four banks' advance on the superannuation sector is set to get a boost from government policy, says Deloitte.

Bank shareholders are in for a rude shock, and no less than RBA Governor Glenn Stevens is delivering the warning.

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Seriously, you should be saving your money

Saving now will make it a lot easier to deal with that rainy day when it comes.

Morgan Housel   For the love of everything sane, please save your money. You won't regret it.


Who is Australia's Warren Buffett?

Warren Buffett is probably the greatest investor of all time.

Scott Phillips   Warren Buffett is probably the greatest investor the world has ever seen. Does anyone in Australia come close?

What is your CEO really saying?

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Scott Phillips   It can be easy to forget the real role of company managers and directors.

Why Telstra is a better bet than banks

Solid prospects: Telstra CEO Andrew Penn.

Tom Richardson   The telco's solid dividend puts it in the box seat with investors.


Mining stocks to stay in a hole

The huge mining boom is over and it is doubtful mining shares will hit the same highs they achieved again.

Scott Phillips   The adage "don't throw good money after bad" is pertinent for investors in mining stocks right now.

Want to make money? Stop caring


Scott Phillips   When your shares are up, the market is telling you you're a genius. When they're down, you're a chump. You're a mug if you listen either way.

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Tapping the grey boom

"Our modelling shows that for the average Australian fund member entering the workforce today, those savings could equate to close to $250,000 more in their account at retirement.": Parametric Portfolio Services chief executive Brian Langstraat.

Andrew Page   The ageing boomers mean a boom in retirement housing.

The market is down? Don't sweat it

When I hear or read that the market is down, I don't get too worried - because I don't own 'the market' at all.

Scott Phillips   There are a few good reasons to not mind when the ASX swoons. You don't have to like it - but don't sweat it either.


10 decisions Scott Morrison must make

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has handed new Treasurer Scott Morrison a golden opportunity to leave his mark with sensible decisions to benefit society and our economy.

Scott Phillips   New Treasurer can choose political expediency or focus on the long-term interests of the country.

Malcolm and the market

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces a slowing China – with resultant declining commodity prices and waning resources employment.

​Andrew Page   What a new prime minister means for the sharemarket.

A super-sweet investment

Capilano's honey: Strict sanitary controls have added to the allure of Australian food n China.

Claude Walker   It's easy to take our system of laws and consumer protections for granted. But it can actually be a competitive advantage for companies and investors alike.


No reason to cheer end of uncertainty

Malcom Turnbull  replaced Tony Abbott at the helm.

Scott Phillips   Four years, four prime ministers. What does this new 'certainty' offer?

Here’s why you won’t be rich

Even those on modest incomes can expect to retire with more than a million dollars in the bank.

Scott Phillips   Wealth doesn't come through luck. It comes through effort. Physical effort, sure, but also mental effort.

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Software is the new black

Diagrams of the brain, however decorative, are no substitute for reputable research.

Claude Walker   With all the fuss over shares in technology companies lately, investors could be forgiven for having a sense of deja vu.

Win at investing, build a cathedral

Over weeks and months, share prices can do anything. It's over a period of years that investment returns truly become impressive.

Scott Phillips   In investing, there is a simple exchange between now and later. Short-term pain, long-term gain.

Facebook's billion reasons to smile

Facebook is free and has 1.49 billion monthly active users, with 1.31 billion of them mobile users as at the end of June 2015.

Tom Richardson   One billion people logged on in a single day … and that number is growing.


Has Woolies passed its use-by date?

Despite Woolies' shares having  fallen by a third in about 16 months, the company could still be one to watch.

Scott Phillips   Can the big grocer reclaim its crown?

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How to get poor in a hurry

In a long enough period, there are no stocks that avoid 10 per cent declines. It's a normal part of what stocks do.

Morgan Housel   Sell after stocks have lost 10 per cent? Only if you want to lose.

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How the ASX uncrashed

Yo-yo markets: welcome to short term investing.

Scott Phillips   If you've been out of internet reach for the last 6 days, here's what happened on the ASX: nothing.


What to do in a market gone mad

They go up, they go down – but for share investors, volatility is the price of admission.

Scott Phillips   What is an investor to make of all the recent kerfuffle - and what on earth should you be doing?


Why stamp duty is good for us

Mortgage holders will end up paying to make Westpac a safer bank.

Scott Phillips   No one likes it but it acts as a useful handbrake for out-of-control property speculation.


Old 'moats' aren't what they were

Many old "moats", as monopolies are called, are being rapidly filled in by competitors.

Scott Phillips   Disruptors are coming to many more businesses, and the landscape will never look the same.

A growing business that's flying under the radar


Matt Joass   Hansen has found a formula for super-sticky customer relationships.


Super, pally, is fantastic; fees they are atrocious

Superannuation contributions are kept out of easy reach so we don't give in to the urge to splurge.

Scott Phillips   Paying attention to the details is important…


Why world events will hit our bank balances

Long faces on the Chinese sharemarket caused a ripple of worry through our financial system last month. Photo: AP

Scott Phillips   We are not immune to financial instability happening on the other side of the globe.

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Should I go long or short?

Some investors have been able to make a career out of shorting. Others have come a cropper in spectacular ways.

Scott Phillips   It can be tempting to try to 'have a bit each way'.