Safety nets not always the best way to go

Catherine Robson Inside the enclosure of the net, children take less care and engage in riskier behaviour. This scenario has lots of parallels with investing.


America beckons for discs with history

A recording of South Pacific from the collection.

James Cockington Woman inherits fabulous collection of old records. But the question is what to do with it - and where to find someone to sell it to.


Market slump hits mums and dads hardest

John Collett

John Collett Small investors have taken a hit with most of the big dividend payers falling behind the broader market over the past year.


What to do when the market gets wobbly

The sharemarket is a bit like a plate of jelly - it can get the wobbles.

David Potts There are ways to protect yourself when the market corrects apart, that is, from not being in it in the first place.


Late bloomers can flourish

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley Post retirement, the stockmarket can be a hobby that makes money. And it's fun, too!


Are the banks cheap yet?

Banks may not be the investment they once were.

Scott Phillips  They're the stocks we love to love, but 2015 has been tough.


Share market biased against small investors

A pat on the back for CBA.

Daryl Dixon Allowing short selling when companies are raising capital or markets are under pressure from external shocks increases the already significant risks for smaller share investors.


London to a BRIC, the hottest stocks are in Asia

David Potts Whenever our market plays up sure enough there'll be a fund manager spruiking the merits of investing offshore which requires deep research and matching fees.


Should we worry about a China crash?

Festive spirit: In China, a huge shadow banking sector has financed a speculative bubble.

John Addis Chinese leaders are trying to transition from an investment to a consumption-led model. The big question is "how".


Trackers can get your finances in shape

Behaviours encouraged by your Fitbit can also be applied to your financial life.

Catherine Robson Whether its your health or your money, developing positive habits is the cornerstone of success.


Returns depend on asset choices

Choices, choices.

Thabojan Rasiah The way investments perform is determined by several factors, but one is far and away the most important.


Rebound makes time for a new game

Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon Recent events mean smaller investors have the opportunity to rebalance their portfolios.

It’s easier to get in with the e-crowd

Global Kinetics Corporation chief executive Andrew Maxwell wears a Parkinson's KinetiGraph medical device, which helps doctors treat patients with movement disorders. GKC has used crowdfunding site OurCrowd to raise money to take the product to the American market.

Christine Long Small investors could soon find fresh ways to back new ventures.


How it feels to get burned on the stockmarket - one investor's hard-learned advice

Paul Courtney, left, has learned the hard way about what not to do when investing. He is with his son, financial adviser Andrew Courtney.

David Wilson The tumult on the share markets this week is a reminder to all investors of just how treacherous trading can be.


The rise of the Gen Y share investor

If you get kids interested in the stock market when they are young they are likely to develop a healthy interest.

Barbara Drury Tech-savvy young investors are tapping into the share market.


Spark New Zealand delivers a haymaker for the naysayers

Spark has seen many changes with a  major rebranding.

Greg Smith The Kiwi telco has surpassed earnings growth expectations and delivered a higher dividend. But is it a good buy?


What to do during market turmoil

No, we're not in panic mode yet.

Richard Livingston Shares in our big banks and miners have been hard hit. That makes now a good time to buy. Or does it?

Big bank shares have hidden perils

Investors in banking shares must consider a financial institution's future profitability.

Daryl Dixon Share investors have sound reasons for being concerned about participating in the current spate of new share issues.


The goldrums could be a good time to buy big

Gold enthusiasts say now is a good time to buy gold, like every other time. Economists have a different view.

Alexandra Cain As the price of the yellow metal slides to its lowest level for some time, many investors are sensing a golden opportunity.


Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

Electronics retailer Harvey Norman says sales were up 7.1 per cent in the September quarter.

David Potts If he dropped by one of this week's annual meetings, the Reserve Bank's Glenn Stevens would hear a different story to the official narrative.