Exchange Traded Funds

Test drive: Fixed-income exchange-traded funds

John Kavanagh What is it? Two asset management companies, BlackRock Investment Management and Russell Investments, have announced plans to list fixed-income exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on the Australian...


The Dragon is a powerful beast, handle with care

Alexandra Cain It's extremely difficult for retail investors to directly access Chinese sharemarkets. Nevertheless there are ways to achieve a China exposure.


Working the yield of dreams


John Collett With interest rates on hold, it's a good idea to look around for higher returns.


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.


Grab some global exposure with ETF investing

Marcus Padley Exchange traded funds enable man-in-the-moon investing rather than Australian tunnel-vision investing.


Stocks with a top edge


David Potts If you pick a portfolio like a cricket side, look past one-dayers, and think of the Test.


Offshore paydays loom in bourse boom

Katherine Jimenez Offshore stocks have provided Aussie investors with some of the strongest returns seen in years - a trend that's set to continue in 2014


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.


Still lots of reasons to hold gold

John Ficenec The market price of gold might have fallen but hoarding it is approaching record levels.


Lies, damn lies and investing

Richard Livingston There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Nowhere does it apply more than the world of investing and finance.


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?

How to invest in the Japanese market

Barbara Drury Opportunities are limited for Australians who want to invest in the Japanese market.


You'll need big pockets to copy Soros


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

Time to bale out of the banks

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Nathan Bell In this environment, look for stocks that should provide satisfactory returns over the long-term.

Intelligent Investor

When it comes to shares, don't be a sheep

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Richard Livingston 2013 has been a great year for share investors, particularly those loaded up on high-yield shares.


Precious little to recommend gold

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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.


Round up some bargains

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Barbara Drury Thanks to the high dollar, investors could strike it rich by investing in American stocks, but they need to watch out for currency fluctuations.

How to invest in gold

Barbara Drury Only a decade ago, investors in gold were limited to bars, coins, jewellery or shares in goldmining companies.

Maintain an even keel

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Annette Sampson Six months can be a long time in finance. It wasn't so long ago that the smart money was declaring 2012 the year of equities. Bonds, they said, had had a good run.

Averaging a strategy to succeed

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Penny Pryor Investing consistently over the long term is a better plan for doing well out of the sharemarket than guessing when to buy and sell.