Investing

UNDER THE RADAR

Capral buoyed by Chinese dumping decision

Richard Hemming   It might be a poster child for our manufacturing woes but small aluminium producer Capral just got some rare good news.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Telstra’s dividend reinvestment plan is lazy investing

To DRP or not to DRP?: Telstra is reactivating its dividend reinvestment plan.

Nathan Bell   Telstra shareholders can now compound their stocks in the company, but at what price?

MARKET MOVERS

All good, but Wednesday could change everything

A trader at the New York Stock Exchange makes a call last year as Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen talks about the economy.

David Potts   Expect stock market fireworks as US Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen is grilled by Congress over when rates will rise.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

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.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Weigh up your needs as you pick your investments

A carefully constructed investment portfolio will ensure you remain in good shape.

Thabojan Rasiah   A portfolio with a good balance of growth and defensive investments is more likely to provide you with the cash flow you need.

GETTING STARTED

What do company reports really mean?

When it comes to analysing company reports, try to keep things simple.

David Potts   To get to the bottom of the bottom line you want more money in the company coffers at the end of the year than at the start.

UNDER THE RADAR

Legal success story poised for progress in uncertain times

Small cap: Litigation funder Bentham IMF is set up to work during tough times.

Richard Hemming   If you're feeling a bit nervous there is an ASX-listed small cap that revels in troubled times.

INSIGHT

Dividends set to keep buoying the banks

Bank dividends are keeping investors' confidence afloat.

Clancy Yeates   Investors' love affair with our biggest lenders shows no signs of fading.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Back to the boom times? Not yet

Naata Nungurrayi. Marrapinti, 2001. (Detail) Estimates $60,000 - $80,000.

James Cockington   Since the collapse of the market in 2007, prices for Aboriginal art have either dropped or remained in limbo. Only now is there a sense that things may be improving.

Property investors warned on land tax

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John Collett   Buy-to-let boom drives NSW State Government to issue warning to landlords.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Neglected artform shaping up for saleroom success

Lyndon Dadswell (1908-1986)
Wallscape, 1970
$5000-$7000


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James Cockington   Sculpture auctions, especially high quality ones, are rare. So for the cognoscenti, next week's sale is a red letter day.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Keep taking the tablets

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Marcus Padley   Here are the 10 Commandments designed for the investor who's looking to do better than average.

BANK WATCH

You can always bank on the banks

Banks

David Potts   If the banks can dispense ever bigger dividends when the economy is slowing, imagine what they could do when it picks up.

SHARES RACE

Leaders put their foot on the gas as finish line approaches

Full steam ahead: is it possible we are in a raging bull market?

David Potts   With the sharemarket running its longest ever winning stretch, our race's pacesetters are going gangbusters.

CHASING YIELD

Join hunt for a plan that pays

Dogged: Carefully check options to sniff out reliable returns.

David Potts   Must rate cuts mean a pay cut? There are ways to get a better income for only slightly more risk.

UNDER THE RADAR

Property trust builds bulwark against rising rates

Ettalong Beach Holiday Village is run by Ingenia Communities.

Richard Hemming   Ingenia's aged care focus is a point of difference from its REIT peers.

BLUE CHIPS

Investor love drives 'sexy six' to new heights

Share the love, share the profit: The big banks, Telstra and Wesfarmers offer enticing yields.

John Collett   The big four banks, Telstra and Wesfarmers are all the rage, but are these companies being loved too much?

How to make rate cut work for you

What to do for the best...

David Potts   Should you increase your mortgage repayments, or shunt the savings into super?

LOOKING FOR YIELD

Blue chips hit highs - but will run last?

Blue chips - we can't get enough of them.

John Collett   Rate cut pushes Telstra, Wesfarmers and the big banks to record highs. But experts see a correction on the horizon.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Beware the ‘Helpers’ who’ll take your money

Changing hands: Doing many deals is likely to benefit "helpers", but investors are unlikely to be better off.

Scott Phillips   Will that "help'' really make you better off?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Memories of the flying kangaroo

A Qantas Airways travel bag. Estimated value $50.

James Cockington   There is a thriving market for Qantas memorabilia, a market that's set to soar as the airline's centenary approaches.

GETTING STARTED

No golden ratio for bricks and mortar

Leap of faith: Will your property investment payback as well as shares?

David Potts   Buying property used to be a sure profit-making enterprise, but economies are a-changing.

Everything old is new again

Interior and furniture designer Dario Zoureff produced beautiful furniture which is now highly sought after.

Stephen Crafti   Homes from the 1970s are becoming popular and they can be filled with iconic designs of the era.

UNDER THE RADAR

Top Gun stock has Days of Thunder potential

Soaring opportunity: Quickstep has agreements with Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Richard Hemming   One of Australia’s manufacturing success stories is defence, where some small caps are making big gains.

LOW RATES

Time to spread the load

If the cash rate is cut, term deposit rates will barely keep pace with inflation.

John Collett   If the Reserve Bank cuts interest rates on Tuesday, savers and those living off their savings may need to reconsider their investment options.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Easing calms nerves, soothes jitters, makes income stocks shine

Jill and Jack Citizen are not the primary beneficiaries of quantitative easing.

Marcus Padley   Europe's money printing may not do much for Europe's economy but could be better news for the lowly Australian investor.

GETTING STARTED

Oil’s slide means good times for top gold producers

More bullion for your buck: Gold is struggling to hold above $US1300 ($1645) an ounce.

David Potts   Most shares are dragging their heels but since late last year gold miners have been going like the clappers.

SHARES RACE

Racers off to a flyer as market gets an oil fall boost

Strong start: In sharemarkets as in marathons, a tail wind will give all the runners a boost.

David Potts   Playing it safe gave David Potts a head start in the four week championship round of our share race.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Scary art at monster prices

Collectors are particularly drawn to the bright colours and eye-catching visuals of vintage horror and sci-fi movies.

James Cockington   Prices for rare cinema posters have soared over the past decade, with collectors particularly attracted by gaudy horror and sci-fi.

ASSET CHECK

Greek result spells climate change

The election victory of Greece's Syriza party has placed more strain on the stability and growth prospects of the euro block.

Daryl Dixon   Investor uncertainty is increasing in the wake of falling commodity prices and interest rates.