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IOOF brushes it under the carpet

Tom Richardson 3:55 PM   Make sure you know exactly what you're paying for when using professional fund managers.

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Blue chips may be safe but you need to know why you’re being sold them

While blue chips may be the safest way to go, your wallet may not thank you.

Scott Phillips 2:00 PM   Beware of brokers selling 'quality' stock - the power of incentives can be pervasive.

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A New Financial Year investment strategy

Don't sweat over the end of the financial year. It marks another journey around the sun, and the need for yet another tax return.

Scott Phillips   July 1 will be a new financial year. But it'll be just another day in a long-term investing journey.

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Motley Fool: Use a points plan for new year health check

Your finances need regular health checks as much as your body does.

Scott Phillips   The start of the new financial year is a good time to see how your finances are faring.

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Motley Fool: Atlas Iron - flogging a dead horse?

The market may be pessimistic about iron ore, but Atlas Iron chief David Flanagan predicting it to trade between $US50 and $US70 a tonne over the next few years.

Mike King   Junior iron ore miner Atlas Iron appears confident that it can survive and prosper, even if iron ore prices retreat back to 10-year lows of US$46 per tonne.

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Maybe yes, maybe no

As soon as you start thinking probabilities, all kinds of things change.

Morgan Housel   Thinking in probabilities gives you an investing edge.

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Netflix and the war for the living room

Netflix and its kin are set to upset the pie cart.

Scott Phillips   In entertainment, as in most areas of business, it's the disrupters who nearly always win.

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Shares: What are you really buying?

Buying shares and getting regular dividends is not  the same as ''investing''  your money at the casino.

Scott Phillips   Don't let the so-called ''experts'' tell you it's too hard.

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Is it time to buy mining services?

Mining services: It would be hard to find a more unloved sector of the market, but several resources contractors are trading at mouth-watering valuations

Mike King   It would be hard to find a more unloved sector of the market, but several resources contractors are trading at mouth-watering valuations

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What you should ask your adviser

The struggling grocery wholesaler, which supplies IGA stores, offloaded its automotive division, which includes the Autobarn and Autopro chains, to Burson Group.

Scott Phillips   You need an investment adviser who'll candidly admit to their mistakes. Everything else is just salesmanship.

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Retailers need more than a GDP boost

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Tom Richardson   There is a good, bad and ugly side to the recent data suggesting an uptick in consumer confidence.

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China's revenge serves body blows to BHP and Rio

China has never forgotten, and now it looks set to turn the tables on Rio and BHP.

Mike King   The Middle Kingdom has a cast-iron memory, and now it looks set to turn the tables on the big miners.

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Motley Fool: The priceless art of not caring

Care less and you may prosper, says The Motley Fool.

Morgan Housel   Jiddu Krishnamurti spent his life giving spiritual talks. As he got older, he became more candid. In one famous moment, he asked the audience point-blank if they wanted to know his secret.

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Why Australia risks lagging behind the world

National pride means we feel hard done by when the ASX lags behind its international counterparts.

Scott Phillips   The real answers won't be found on the nightly news.

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A tried-and-true recipe for financial success

Back in the day, news reports about shares tended to focus on crooks, collapses and crashes. Now they're a recipe for financial success.

Scott Phillips   Ignore the negative spin, shares have been a great way to make money.

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The real losers from lower rates

The rich could use other tax breaks such as negative gearing to minimise their tax, Abbott's tax review told.

Claude Walker   ​When the Reserve Bank of Australia cut interest rates last week, we saw the traditional fanfare over winners and losers from the decision.

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Four stocks that beat low interest rates

The ASX appeals for its market-leading position and defensive earnings streams..

Tom Richardson   Dividend-payers are an attractive option for those planning a blue-chip retirement.

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Motley Fool: Has the easy money been made?

US stocks have surged since March 2009. If you you think it was perfectly foreseeable, or easy, you are utterly kidding yourself.

Morgan Housel   People say a lot of stupid things in finance. "The easy money has been made" is near the top of the list.

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When Buffett speaks, you should listen

Warren Buffett tours the exhibition floor at the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting.

Scott Phillips   40,000 people, two old men and the best advice you'll ever get.

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The end of broadcast television?

Netflix

​Scott Phillips   Netflix's arrival means the incumbents need to shape up or ship out.

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Motley Fool: Can Qantas continue to soar?

Shares in the Flying Kangaroo have climbed over 177% over the past 12 months.

Andrew Page   It's been one hell of a ride for Qantas (ASX:QAN) shareholders over the past 12 months. Shares in the Flying Kangaroo have climbed over 177%, making them (by far) the best performing company amongst the top 100 ASX listed companies.

Motley Fool: The recession shopping list for investors

The best time to start preparing your shopping list for the next Australian recession is right now.

It has been over two decades since Australia last experienced a recession. So Aussie investors could be forgiven for forgetting what one looks like. But the best time to prepare for a storm is while you are still dry and warm. So with that in mind, here are two types of companies that investors should be looking to buy during the next Australian recession.

Making dough for smart investors

Domino's pizza

Tom Richardson   Come rain or shine some retail businesses will outperform others.

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Using shares to top up your pension pot

Investing in the share market isn't a game of chance.

Scott Phillips   If you can stomach some volatility, shares could be just the tonic your super needs.

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Motley Fool: Shaking an iron fist at the sea

As recently as July 2004, you could buy a metric tonne of iron ore for $US14. By February 2011 that same tonne of iron ore cost you $US187.18.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.