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Motley Fool: Shaking an iron fist at the sea

Scott Phillips   The iron ore saga seems like it has been going forever. In reality, though, the collapse is relatively recent. It wasn't that long ago that the price was in triple figures.

Don’t just do something, sit there

The very foundations for sensible investing were codified in the days before not only desktop computers, but before computers at all.

Scott Phillips   There’s no escaping the data-rich world in which we live, and the never-ending ‘drinking from a fire hose’ nature of our connected lives.

Motley Fool: A healthy investment opportunity

One thing that never changes about salmon fishing is the beauty of the prize!

Tom Richardson   Regulatory worries have left investors in Tasmania's salmon industry treading water.


Motley Fool: Three Kiwi world-beaters

New Zealand's economy is about more than its dairy assets.

Matt Joass   New Zealand is on the rise. As Australia struggles to adjust to falling commodity prices and rising unemployment, the New Zealand economy is going from strength to strength. The Kiwi dollar is poised to pass the Aussie dollar for the first time in over 40 years. Kiwi tech companies are leaving their rain-soaked shores behind and expanding abroad. What better time for Australian investors to put the trans-Tasman rivalry aside and consider some Kiwi companies that are taking on the world.


Still got some chocolate left? You're in luck

Softie: The ability to delay gratification can put you a step ahead on the investment journey.

Scott Phillips   Science proves that the way you treat treats as a kid colours your approach to investment in later life.


Buying houses with super is not a smart idea

Dipping into your super to buy a first home is having your cake and eating it.

Scott Phillips   Super shouldn’t be a magic pudding.

Miners are undermining your wealth

Falling prices are usually either a buying opportunity, or signs of worse to come.

Claude Walker   If these price falls in natural resources companies have served any purpose, it’s to remind us of the risks faced by those who invest their retirement savings in mining, oil and gas companies.

What’s your perspective?


Morgan Housel   Talk to as many different investors as you can. This is how you gain perspective.

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Motley Fool: Doubting can cost you money

Although ETFs and mutual funds do a similar job, they are built differently.

Scott Phillips   The Abbott government is well and truly on the nose -- both with the voting public and with political journalists and commentators. There have been increasingly frustrated comments made by usually circumspect editors and columnists in The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review and even some of the government’s usually most strident supporters.


Huge property profits don't always add up

Doubling your money when selling a house is wonderful – but the difference between doubling it in two years and doubling it in 20 years is immense.
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Scott Phillips   The gains can look impressive at first but appear less so once you do the sums.

Feeding frenzy for the telco sector

10 years ago, Australia's telecommunications sector looked vastly different to what it does today, with many more companies.

Mike King   There are mergers galore – and the story mightn’t be over yet.


How to get your kids off to a flying start

Delay the gratification of spending and the rewards will be handsome.

Scott Phillips   Don't let my high school maths teacher's investment advice be in vain.

Has Xero already beaten MYOB in Australia?


Matt Joass   In the battle for Australia's accountants, is it possible that Xero has already won?

Beware the drowsy Chinese dragon

Breathing fire: When the Chinese dragon slows down, so too will Australia's economy.

Scott Phillips   Think Chinese housing doesn’t impact you? Think again…

Your chance to learn from Warren Buffett

Cash at Warren Buffett's Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway rose past $US50 billion ($53.6 billion) at the end of June.

Scott Phillips   When master investor Warren Buffett speaks, sensible investors and business people the world over stop and listen.

How you can profit from car repairs

During downturns, consumers tend to put off upgrading to a new car and instead spend more on keeping their old car running.

Matt Joass   Recession-resistant businesses are hard to find, but Auto-parts distributor Burson Group measures up, reckons Motley Fool.

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It's a tale of great expectations

Reject Shop's chief executive Ross Sudano. The company's investors were smiling too this week.

Scott Phillips   It’s not earnings that matter, but how they compare to market expectations.


How to profit from declining dollar

If the Aussie dollar has already fallen, where's the benefit of buying US shares now? Here's why: we don't know if this is yet the bottom for the Aussie dollar.

Scott Phillips   The currency has fallen… here’s what to do next.

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Motley Fool: The world's most successful company

One dollar invested in tobacco stocks in 1900 was worth $6.3 million by 2010. That's 165 times greater than the average industry.

Morgan Housel   Take a look at this chart. It shows the performance of the most successful company in the world.

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Motley Fool: Three China myths busted

Over the next decade, the Chinese government plan for another 200 million people to migrate to cities, or around 20 million per year.

Matt Joass   China is the word on every investor’s lips. Its demand for our exports, industrialisation and impact on the global economy is enormous. But there are risks, too. We’ve just returned from a research trip to China. We met with economists, professors, hedge-fund analysts, company leaders, everyday consumers, and manufacturers from a wide range of different industries. Here are 3 big China myths that it’s about time we all dropped:


Franking means more bang for your buck

Fully franked dividends are as Australian as Vegemite.

Scott Phillips   Our franking credit system is the envy of the world. Why not take advantage of it?

How to make sense of earnings season spin

Scott Phillips   Ah, earnings season. The two times each year when company investor relations staff really earn their money.


Uber-trouble for investors

After weeks of bad press, taxi app service Uber introduces new driver screening methods using "scientific analysis".

Mike King   Poor Cabcharge shareholders. They probably didn’t see it coming, and the company itself is fighting fires on more than one front.

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Motley Fool: Nine thoughts about investing and the economy

People are so caught up in irrelevant short-term news that they miss the important long-term trends, says the Motley Fool.

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Brace for a house price crash and you won't get caught out

Bubbles are only apparent in hindsight,but that doesn't mean one isn't coming.

Scott Phillips   No one knows if it's going to happen but if it does, you'll want to be ready

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Buy Australian. I did

Australian Made

Scott Phillips   Being brave in the face of uncertainty can help you reap rewards, especially if it's made in Australia.

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Motley Fool: Why you pay too much for financial advice

A dollar is a dollar.

Morgan Housel   I bought a new car this weekend. I'm usually frugal, a bargain hunter. But here's the truth: I caved on the price.


Winter is coming, be prepared

It will come: The time to prepare for the next economic winter is not after the sleet and snow has arrived.

Scott Phillips   As sure as night follows day, busts have followed booms since time immemorial. So are you ready for the next recession?

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The smart machine revolution

Altium's main product is an advanced piece of software called Altium Designer that helps engineers design printed circuit boards.

Matt Joass   Smart machines are appearing everywhere, and one Aussie company's software has helped design the electronics that power thousands of the products we use every day.