Investing

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

How to kick the lights out in the new financial year

Marcus Padley   How does last year's performance colour your investment choices for the next 12 months?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Pumped up but Caltex still no star

Caltex altered profile and it paid off.

Guarav Sodhi    Caltex is a far better business than it was two years ago but still not a great one.

ON TRACK?

Pick a tracker that doesn't lose the scent

One of the first myths of index investing is that an index fund allows you to "track the market". Photo: Dean Osland

Richard Livingston   ETFs (and other index funds) are low-cost, but they're not zero-cost, and fund returns will always lag the market.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

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   Beware of brokers selling 'quality' stock - the power of incentives can be pervasive.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Ways to avoid high fees slicing into your investments

Small differences in fees over long periods can add up to a big slice of your money.

Catherine Robson   The lower your investment management costs, the better your long-term returns are likely to be.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

All fired up for live steam sale

OS 5-inch guage live steam Stephenson's Rocket with matching trailer.

James Cockington   An upcoming suction of some top end model trains has boys of all ages all steamed up.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Our best resource stock sells … blood

CSL's  plasma therapies are medical necessities.

Graham Witcomb   Significant economies of scale, steady growth and a clean balance sheet make CSL one of Australia's best businesses,

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Treasures are still out there

This long-lost Jaguar XK 120 OTC is coming up for auction in Melbourne.

James Cockington   Yes, it is still possible to pick up a valuable piece of art at a garage sale, or in this case, at a flea market in Holland.

COLLECTING

Breaking the mould

Ken Neale sits on a Vacario chair. He sells them for between $1500 and $1600.

Stephen Crafti   Designer plastic furniture is getting harder to find - and prices are rising.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

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.

UNDER THE RADAR

Onthehouse holds on to its potential but needs a white knight

Onthehouse needs a white knight to come to its rescue.

Richard Hemming   Shares in website owner and real estate services group Onthehouse have more than quadrupled since listing in August last year.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Turns out greed not that good after all

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Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley   Stockbrokers' child or small European nation - the culture of easy credit has got us all into a world of trouble.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Pump up the volume, if not the prices

Ian Moss, pictured in a performance in 1978.

James Cockington   Electric guitars of the stars, working steam engine models, Gatling guns - auction houses are seeing an emerging market in big boys' toys. .

INSIGHT

Savers say deposit accounts are best option

Perceived as super-safe: bank deposits topped a recent survey on wise investing.

Clancy Yeates   Interest rates on bank deposits are miserable, but apparently the humble savings account is as popular as ever.

INVESTING

A war chest for when the price is right

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David Potts

David Potts   Warren Buffett has invested in insurer IAG and likes our banks, too. Should you follow his lead?

UNDER THE RADAR

2B or not 2B? Questions swirl around graphite investing

Graphite is the one bright spot  in the resources market place.

Richard Hemming   Investors looking at the resources market over the past four years haven't had much to cheer about with one exception - graphite.

MOTLEY FOOL

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.

Burnt by Sydney property prices? Head south

Melbourne, recently.

John Collett   As Sydney prices soar, property developer hopes to convince investors to look at opportunities elsewhere.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Even fake Kangaroos come at a premium

This strip of three pale blue/green one-shilling stamps, with JBC monogram attached, is one of only two known to have survived.

James Cockington   Kangaroo and Map stamps are so popular among collectors that counterfeits have attained a certain cachet.

BOND MARKET

End game as the global bond bubble bursts

It's a scarey time on global money markets.

David Potts   Even scarier than a Sydney home auction in full flight are the global money markets when they get going.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Flawed model is Metcash’s Achilles heel

Metcash's IGA is fighting a price battle with giants.

John Addis   Shares in the grocery wholesaler slumped last week. Unfortunately, the pain is only just beginning.

ASSET CHECK

Back to earth with a bump

As the economy weakens, investors are looking for a soft landing.

Daryl Dixon   Last week's fall in the Australian sharemarket suggests difficult times lie ahead.

INSIGHT

Time for a mature debate on house prices

Both the Reserve Bank and Treasury believe we are at risk from a housing bubble.

Gareth Hutchens   Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week missed a genuine chance to talk maturely about a serious topic.

GETTING STARTED

The property boom we had to have

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David Potts

David Potts   With the lowest lending rates ever, this is the property boom we had to have.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Can I still bank on my bank shares?

 

Scott Phillips   As they say, the trend is your friend … until it comes to an end.

SHAREMARKET

Why women make the best investors

Stock market day trader Mandi Rafsendjani.

David Potts   The proof is in - women who trade or invest in the sharemarket do it better than men.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Rookies beware: top four sharemarket mistakes

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Marcus Padley   Having a smartphone doesn't make you an expert in the sharemarket. Here's four mistakes any rookie can make.

INVESTING

Professional investors lift their exposure to global shares

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John Collett   Professional investors are lifting their investment in overseas shares and reducing their exposure to Australian shares.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Grosvenor School prints in a class of their own

Ethel Spowers 'The Giant Stride' is expected to fetch between $20,000  and $30,000.

James Cockington   The London art world is slavering for inter-war prints. Australian collectors can pick up some fine examples this month.

GETTING STARTED

Is this the season to think of selling?

Sell in May and go away is the old motto.

David Potts   It's where the old adage "sell in May and go away" comes from - June is the worst month for the sharemarket.