Derivatives

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Shares fall out of favour as property bubbles merrily

Marcus Padley We need something new to talk about because the current offering is hard to sell.

THE CHARTIST

Wall Street charges on - but are US stocks marching into bubble territory?

ABOUT TO BURST? :The United States stock market has seen plenty of action since the darkest days of the global financial crisis.

Rod Myer Recent weakness on the US stock market and the effects of quantitative easing have investors asking whether the US equity markets are moving into the danger zone.

ONE-STOP SHOP

Investors flocking to ETFs

Investors are flocking to exchange traded funds.

Pick'n'mix your assets, there are close to 100 exchange traded funds to choose from, writes David Potts.

MOBILE APPS

Monitoring your portfolio while on the go

Alexandra Cain A major shift is happening in online share trading, with investors increasingly using a mobile device to access their online share trading account.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The dark art of short selling

Abacus

Nathan Bell Whatever you think of the morality, shorting stocks is a dangerous game with potentially unlimited losses.

Investment plan requires yearly review

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John Kavanagh Trustees of self-managed superannuation funds must review their investment strategies regularly, following a recent change to super regulations.

INVESTING

Precious little to recommend gold

Gold ingots on display during a press conference of Germany's Central Bank.

The "safe haven" metal's bull run is waning, with loud talk among investors that 2013 may mark the end of its spectacular 12-year bull run.

GOLDEN DAZE

Who's to blame for great gold collapse?

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John Collett It is the whodunnit of the great gold sell-off. Are the massive falls the fault of the "paper" markets or is the culprit the exchange traded funds?

Case Study: Don't panic!

David Potts He has $1.5million of shares stacked into his DIY super fund and says the secret to sharemarket investing is to never panic.

FAIR EXCHANGE

You'll need big pockets to copy Soros

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John Collett Small investors who might be planning to emulate George Soros should think again

INVESTMENTS

Watchdog dodges real issue of complex products

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Richard Livingston An ASIC report on structured investments has missed the real issue - some of these products are far more dangerous than others.

HOLIDAY MONEY

Foreign investments can help as the Aussie falls

Australian dollar

Richard Livingston It's important to give your portfolio some international flavour to make sure you don't have too many eggs in the Australian basket.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em

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Marcus Padley Glamorous and well-appointed they may be but Las Vegas' casinos are simple machines for making money from mug punters. The share market is a similar set-up.

INVESTING

Big barbs, small print

Barbed wire money.,

John Collett The advertising of 'capital-protected' products has been corrected.

David Potts

Speed trading threatens Terminator event

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David Potts 'Dark pools' sounds like something particles whizzing around the Hadron Collider at almost the speed of light might find.

Share wars: how the robots are robbing you

'The problem is that the computers queue-jump.'

David Potts The prevalence of computer-generated trading in the modern sharemarket has created an unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous, environment for investors.

Test drive: HSBC 100+ Series International Equity Investment

HSBC has launched a capital-protected equity investment product - 100+ Series International Equity Investment.

ETF opens the way

Annette Sampson

I Can Do That The strategy: To invest in fixed interest via an ETF.

Glittering prospects

Why miners are gonig cheap.

David Potts With nothing standing in the way of gold prices, it's a wonder shares haven't been rushed.

John Collett

A lesson to learn about betting ahead

Put to the test.

John Collett Well, well. Surprise, surprise. Who could have guessed there would be problems with contracts for difference.