Investing

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Why small investors should welcome volatility

John Addis   Volatility on global sharemarkets is scaring the pants off professional and retail investors alike. It shouldn't.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race: Week 3 - Horror week on markets relegates most racers into the red

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens gave a slapdown in central banker speak.

Gareth Hutchens   The Dartboard still reigns. Richard Pritchard is still coming second. But they're the only contestants who remain in the black.

INVESTMENT 101

The real definition of risk

Investing is like horse riding: risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.

Scott Phillips 12:15 AM    Throw away the textbooks: investment risk is not the same as volatility.

HOT STOCK

Ardent Leisure on track for growth

Ardent Leisure chief executive Deborah Thomas has the performance of the health clubs business high on her list of ...

Ardent Leisure's share price has experienced some headwinds recently due to market-wide falls.

INVESTMENT

Chinese on the investment menu

The Year of the Monkey could be an auspicious time to invest in the undervalued Chinese sharemarket.

Ben Hurley   The rise of China's middle class makes long-term investment in China a good bet.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

When a dollar is worth $1500

A set of specimen notes from the introduction of decimal currency recently sold for $35,000.

It's 50 years this week since Australia introduced decimal currency but only some early specimens are worth anything more than face value.

SHARES RACE

Our tipsters find it tougher going

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The Australian sharemarket is showing more red ink over the week and our tipsters have had a tougher time of it in week two of our five-week share race.

Earnings season to answer market jitters

There is talk that ANZ, along with NAB, could cut dividends.

Clancy Yeates   A looming flood of company results should give a clearer picture whether recent market fears are justified.

SUPER & FUNDS

Australian shares world beaters over 100 years

Australian shares have outperformed the world since 1900.

Australian shares have outperformed the global market over the past century, but local investors still need more exposure to international shares.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Four red flags to help you spot a future share price disaster

A few minutes studying a financial report can save you from a fall.

James Greenhalgh   The first rule of sharemarket investing isn't to make money but not to lose it.

INVESTMENT 101

Understanding volatility for investors

The sharemarket has ups and downs but outperforms cash in the long term.

Scott Phillips   When designing your investment goals, you need to decide where you want to be, when, and with what level of volatility.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Woolies is still in the wilderness

Woolworths spin off SCA Property Group has increased guidance.

Scott Phillips   Woolworths has a whole host of problems, but its fat margins are at the core of the trouble.

MIND OVER MONEY

Acorns turns your spare change into an investment portfolio

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons   A new app is launching in Australia that will take a few cents here and a few dollars there and invest it in exchange traded funds on your behalf.

INVESTMENT 101

How to get started as an investor

Asset allocation is compiling an investment portfolio that suits your investment goals - not putting all your eggs in ...

Scott Phillips   The first in our new series for beginner investors, from Scott Phillips at The Motley Fool.

THE HONEST BROKER

Trade against the machine

Humans can't compete against computers in short-term trading, but still have an edge over the medium to long term.

Marcus Padley   Humans can't compete with computer algorithms for short-term trades, but still have an edge over the medium to long term.

INSIGHT

Rental growth tipped to stay soft in 2016

The balance of power is slipping from landlords to tenants as a glut of new apartments come onto the market.

Clancy Yeates   Landlords have long held the upper hand in the rental markets in Australia's biggest cities, but there are signs that power is receding in 2016.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Norman's 'Black Power' Olympics singlet goes up for auction

Australian Peter Norman, left, stands in silent solidarity with Tommie Smith, centre, and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics.

James Cockington   Local appetite for Olympic memorabilia is muted, but overseas it's a big genre for collectors.

SHARES RACE

Tipsters defy market with strong gains

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John Collett   Shares Race kicks off for 2016 with a five-week game.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Is it finally time to buy BHP?

BHP chief executive Andrew Mackenzie in front of the stone chimney that marks the site of the hut built by BHP in May ...

Scott Phillips   The Big Australian is on the nose – but is it cheap enough?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Investing in volatile times

To deal with market volatility, you must understand what's within your control and what's not.

Mark Bouris   Here we go again. Another year, another series of stories about world markets, Chinese economic growth and the ASX.

EDUCATION

Back to school, but at a price

Marcelle Gomez and her husband Christian are saving so they have options when 15-month-old Cruz hits high school.

John Collett   Education costs are rising faster than inflation, so if you want choices about schools for your children, you need to plan ahead.

MONEY BRAIN

Time for the next Big Short?

Christian Bale plays Michael Burry in The Big Short.

Catherine Robson   Few films about finance make you laugh, are touching and leave you more informed than when you went in.

Small investors in ETFs making a classic mistake

Chasing past performance doesn't stack up as an investment strategy.

John Collett   Small investor activity in exchange traded funds (ETFs) indicates they are committing one of investing's cardinal sins.

WELL HEELED

What are you prepared to suffer for?

If you're not prepared to suffer for a goal, it's not worth it to you.

Melissa Browne   Are we destined not to change or can we salvage our goals made for 2016? The short answer is yes and no.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The fabulous estate of a late opal miner and inventor

A large Cloisonne Heavenly Lion, or Fu Dog, from the Qing Dynasty in China. Estimated auction price $30,000-50,000.

James Cockington   John Wolfe St Albans, of Adelaide, donated some amazing items to public museums during his lifetime, but still left behind a shipping container of fabulous treasures when he died.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Will 2016 get better for investors?

The markets are forecasting gloom.

Scott Phillips   Investing in shares can be volatile and sometimes depressing, and the first few weeks of 2016 are proof.

MIND OVER MONEY

What The Big Short movie can teach ordinary people

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons   It's exciting watching the traders short the US mortgage market before the global financial crisis, but it's not something the rest of us can emulate.

MIND OVER MONEY

Sold to the lady in the pirate print sundress

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons   Mind Over Money | If your goal is to buy a home, you need a strategy for how to deal with auctions.

THE HONEST BROKER

Why investment in 2016 will be all about picking winners

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Marcus Padley   After the worst start to the sharemarket year in living memory the obvious subject is whether we are about to see some sort of calamitous collapse in world markets.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to avoid investing in the next Dick Smith

With disappointing Christmas sales, Dick Smith felt the crunch in the new year.

Scott Phillips   Some simple rules could keep you out of trouble.