Share Market


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.


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?


Market moves reset leaders in share market contest

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


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.


Is your share portfolio ready for climate change?

Scott Phillips The threat of climate change is also a threat for your portfolio, even if you don't believe in the science.

Households gear up for next phase of the solar revolution

Fiona Workman had solar panels installed on her roof two years ago.

David Potts Solar panels are landing on rooftops just as the Hills Hoist invaded backyards. If you're not solar-powered, you're not with it.


Is Lego a better investment than shares or gold?

Lego sets, like the Star Wars Millennium Falcon, can appreciate in value if kept pristine.

James Cockington Earlier this year the Daily Telegraph in the UK reported that Lego has been a better investment over the last 15 years than the stock market, gold or bank accounts.


Why unlisted trusts offer a second chance property boom

Commercial real estate such as CBD office towers is performing well for investors.

David Potts Listed real estate trusts (REITs) have been quietly going about their businesss of beating the market, though that wouldn't have been hard.


How investors can plug into the solar boom

Solar energy specialist Jake Steele, Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon and Tom Nockolds from Pingala have the answer to

David Potts You can ride the solar boom even if you rent, live in an apartment or in the shade.


George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

Retirement plans should take account of longer lifespans.

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.


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.


BHP shares on the skids as the mud flies

The town of Bento Rodrigues in Brazil flooded after an iron ore mine dam burst.

David Potts BHP was struggling even before the mine disaster in Brazil and some mud, so to speak, is bound to stick.


Claiming a tax deduction for renovating an investment property

The cost of renovations for an investment property are deducted off capital gains tax, not income tax.

Noel Whittaker Readers ask Noel Whittaker their financial dilemmas, from the tax deductibility of renovating an investment property to whether to buy their late mother's house.


Pros shrug off a falling market with 20 per cent plus stocks

David Potts Three of the pros in our four-week shares race are showing their mettle by building on their $100,000 portfolios in a falling market.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by the baby formula shortage.

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.

Is BHP Billiton a bargain or a trap for the foolhardy?

In the aftermath of the disaster at the BHP mine in Brazil last week, its share price is now languishing at about $20.

John Collett BHP Billiton shares can be bought on a "grossed-up" dividend yield, which includes franking credits, of 12 per cent. But are you brave enough to venture in?


What you already know could make you a fortune

John Cheston, group general manager of Smiggle, in the central Melbourne store.

Scott Phillips Forget the "talking heads" you see on TV. Sometimes the expert in a particular topic is you.


The five biggest investment mistakes

Investors should emulate Aesop's tortoise not the hare.

Scott Phillips At its best, investing is slow, somewhat boring - and potentially very profitable.


Dartboard hits the target as the pros flounder at the finish

The dartboard is picking ASX stocks well.

David Potts A penny-dreadful stock propelled the dartboard to victory in our four-week shares race.

Bank shareholders still rake in dividends

David Potts.

David Potts Neither a borrower nor a lender be nor, with apologies to Shakespeare, own bank shares.