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...

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Hero to zero; iron ore now drags chain

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Nathan Bell Iron-related stocks are in trouble and the falling price of iron ore looks likely to hit the economy hard.

RISE OF THE ROBOTS

Is this the future face of financial advice?

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David Wilson A windup? No. According to Oxford University research, many financial advisers are likely to be replaced with robots.

GETTING STARTED

Good news for some in dollar's decline

Which  way will it go?

Sally Patten Holiday plans might have to change if the currency continues like this.

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'.

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.

UNDER THE RADAR

Why bother with gold stocks?

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Richards Hemming There are opportunities to make big money in the yellow metal sector.

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Want big returns? Go global

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David Potts With a fall in the dollar expected, the US and Europe are the places to invest.

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.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Relax. ETFs will take care of themselves

Less effort: ETFs require fewer administrative decisions.

Marcus Padley Exchange Traded Funds allow investors to build diversified portfolios with minimal cost and effort.

WHERE TO INVEST

The ABC of investing

The ABCs of investing.

You didn't need the budget to tell you that you are on your own, although a reminder every now and then never goes astray.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Why you need us looking after your trades

Marcus Padley Brokers don't come free, but think about the wealth of information and expertise you get in return.

BUGS ARE BACK

Still lots of reasons to hold gold

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

FURTHER AFIELD

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

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.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Grab some global exposure with ETF investing

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

THE FIRST XI

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.

ALTERNATIVES

Working the yield of dreams

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

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.

FOREIGN MARKETS

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.