Share Market

ASSET CHECK

Share market biased against small investors

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.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How to best invest your parents' savings: share market or balanced funds?

Investments need to be made with an eye to the future.

George Cochane Should my mum put half her savings into the share market?

SHARE RACE

Market moves reset leaders in share market contest

David Potts Hypothetical $100,000 investments turn good profit for four competitors.

SHARES RACE

Four-week share market battle won by dartboard

Roar of the crowd: Our contestants fought to the finish, as you do in all good competitions.

David Potts Scramble for second spot, with car industry software supplier the deciding factor.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: how to judge a company by its chiefs

Scott Phillips The best chief executives understand their business intimately… and love it.

ASSET CHECK

Reserve Bank and election guarantee an unsettling time for investors

The Reserve Bank has warned of an oversupply of apartments.

Daryl Dixon By highlighting the increased risk for both investors and the banking system of an oversupply of apartments and commercial real estate, the Reserve Bank has added to the normal uncertainty facing...

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Is the China milk boom over?

White gold: Chinese demand for milk products such as powdered milk for babies is set to grow.

Scott Phillips The new gold rush is for 'white gold' - in the form of milk powder.

WELL HEELED

There is more than tax to consider when negatively gearing a property

Negative gearing is where a loan is used to buy an asset, such as a property, and there is a loss between the income generated and the interest and expenses.

Melissa Browne Negative gearing - what is it and how can you make it work for you?

Market's small fry do better than blue chips

John Collett

John Collett Despite the Australian sharemarket being dragged down by the banks and miners the market's newbie listings are flying high.

THE HONEST BROKER

The difference between investing and being invested

Marcus Padley The danger of passive investing under the mantle of a long-term focus is highlighted by the fact that most of the 10 biggest stocks in Australia have a share price lower than one, five or 10 years...

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Finance: Own airline shares? Sell them, tips Motley Fool investment advisor

Scott Phillips Qantas has done well for investors. Perhaps for not much longer.

Investment 101

Motley Fool: Modern day moats

Look out for companies that surround themselves with

Scott Phillips The best companies in Australia are surrounded by moats – although not the ones you are thinking of.

BANKS

Big bank 'dividend trade' far from over, analysts say

Most investors and super fund members own shares in the Big 4 banks.

John Collett Increasing bad debt provisions, dividends under threat and falling share prices are giving long-term big-bank shareholders pause to think.

THE HONEST BROKER

When 'defensive' assets turn dangerous

Infrastructure stocks such as Sydney Airport have bubbly valuations as investors look for safe havens.

Marcus Padley At some price every stock becomes dangerous, even so-called defensive assets such as Transurban and Sydney Airport.

SHARES RACE

Tipsters defy market with strong gains

John Collett: some star performers in week one of the new share race.

John Collett Shares Race kicks off for 2016 with a five-week game.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: The beauty of dividends

Dividends are like turbocharged bank interest.

Scott Phillips Have you ever wondered why so many investors are enamoured with dividends?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Australia's other great duopoly is literally pathological – Sonic and Primary

Graham Witcomb There's Coles and Woolies, Qantas and Virgin, but the new duopoly in town is Primary Health Care and Sonic Healthcare.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Earnings season was pretty good, but don't mind the miners

Blackmores chairman Marcus Blackmore and chief executive Christine Holgate have enjoyed a stunning period of China-driven success.

Scott Phillips Let's look at some of the highlights of earnings season and their implications.

ASK NOEL

Are volatile shares worth the pain?

Keep in mind that it's normal to have four negative years out of every 10 if you are investing in the sharemarket.

Noel Whittaker A reader asks Noel Whittaker how dividend income overcomes the volatility of shares.

EVISER

Why most share-trading software is a dud

Richard Livingston The thought of using the skills of a trading expert, via a computer program, can be alluring.