Debt Markets

GETTING STARTED

Rush into bonds gives shares some added shine

David Potts With bonds offering ultra low and even negative yields dividend paying shares are more attractive to investors. Indispensable even.

INSIGHT

Companies to back in the coming year

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Clancy Yeates Which shares stand to deliver the best returns when growth is soft and interest rates at record lows?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting cash to work harder

Mark Bouris You may have missed it, but on Tuesday the RBA kept interest rates on hold. Again

GETTING STARTED

Ignore the banks' squeals. They can take the pain

No need to panic: So long as banks can find somebody to lend to they will be on a gravy train.

David Potts Despite their objections to the Murray inquiry there's no clear and present danger to bank profits.

EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS

Find the missing pieces of your portfolio

David Potts With a single share trade you too could own some of Apple, Facebook, Google and hundreds of other global names.

GETTING STARTED

Don't rush in to Medibank float

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David Potts Hold your horses if you're thinking about the Medibank Private float.

PROPERTY

Reliable REITs unsung heroes of booming market

If you're looking for a simpler way to invest in property than directly buying it, REITS are performing well and could be the answer.

David Potts Real Estate Investment Trusts beat home ownership for a hassle-free and healthy return.

THE DOLLAR

Overvalued dollar stuck in a viscous trap

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts The best case scenario to get our currency down is for economic growth in the US writes.

GET RICH, QUICK

Five secrets to getting rich

In the money: How to get rich is simple if you know the secrets.

Alexandra Cain Small changes can lead to big increases in how much your investments return, writes Alexandra Cain.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

These hybrids smell pretty sweet to me

Marcus Padley The bottom line is that the odds of a major hybrid issuer going bust are very, very low.

Don't get taken in by the finance industry's sleight of hand

Smoke and mirrors: When something appears too good to be true, it usually is.

Richard Livingston A good rule of thumb is 'if you don't understand a financial product then don't buy it'.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Time to get stuck in to bonds

Mark Bouris Fixed interest funds – which mostly invest in government and corporate bonds – can be a conservative way to pursue above-cash returns with a modest increase in risk.

THE ECONOMY

Dollar and market locked together

The fortunes of the dollar and that of the  sharemarket are locked together.

David Potts Whether it's the chicken or the egg coming first, the fact is the dollar and the sharemarket are moving in lockstep.

Perpetual listed investment company float opens soon

Training session: Maxi-yacht Perpetual Loyal.

John Collett & David Potts Perpetual is seeking at least $150 million to float an investment company. John Collett & David Potts report

TIP OF THE WEEK

Risk is good, but hybrids are too risky

Slip zone: Careful investing is more important than going for high risk.

Thabojan Rasiah Investors attracted by the promise of a higher return from hybrids need to be aware of their higher risks

THE ECONOMY

Week ahead looks scary - but take a longer view

Halloween: More tricks than treats ahead this week?

David Potts There are more tricks than treats ahead for the sharemarket this week but there is a spark to come.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Long-dated bonds help counter low rates

Matt Ryan Low interest rates make other asset classes look more attractive and drive the prices of equities and property higher.

SUIT YOURSELF

Does red zone thrill, or are you still a bit green?

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Emily Chantiri It is never too early to start investing, but one strategy does not suit all.

INVESTING

Big banks just keep on keeping on

David Potts Australia's major banks are leading charmed lives, especially their shareholders.

GETTING STARTED

Interest news good for lenders, not so for savers

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David Potts Always one for jumping ahead of itself, the market has decided interest rates will rise next year.