Share Market

SHARES RACE

Four-week share market battle won by dartboard

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

SHARE RACE

Market moves reset leaders in share market contest

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

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What Myer can learn from US retailer Nordstrom

Nathan Bell The question Myer shareholders should be asking is why are Nordstrom's sales increasing so fast while Myer's have stagnated.

UNDER THE RADAR

Volatility provides opportunities to find value

Richard Hemming Does recent volatility provide a buying opportunity for stocks that have been sold off?

Hot Stock

Long-life assets tie Santos to Asian energy needs

David Lennox Gas producer appears to be well positioned to participate in Asia’s growing energy requirements.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The seven deadly money sins

Bad habits: It only takes a bit of self-discipline to regain control of your financial affairs.

Scott Phillips Doing the right thing is only half the battle, you need to avoid doing the wrong things, too.

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'.

SHARE SLIDE

The carnival is over, but it's not all gloom

The Australian dollar has fallen to a six-month low.

Daryl Dixon Just what will happen with our share market from here is far from certain.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Plan for the four ages of personal finance

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Mark Bouris The ways you structure your spending, saving and investing change as you get older.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's the best way to take advantage of Telstra buyback?

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George Cochrane Should I participate in the share buyback scheme being offered by Telstra?

SHARE RACE

Club keep heads above water as rivals fall away

Alana Schetzer Just like in the race that stops the nation, those who start out in front cannot always maintain the lead.

MOTLEY FOOL

How to make a million in shares

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Scott Phillips Three simple steps can see you hit the big time.

SHARES RACE

Speed and power drive front runners on

David Potts They might be losing money but more than half our share tipsters are beating the market.

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.

HOT STOCK

Lithium miner Orocobre is full of juice.

Long life: In addition to consumer devices, the use of lithium batteries in the auto industry is a key growth market.

David Lennox The attraction in Orocobre lies in the long life of the company’s assets and their scalability in the future.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Value's hiding, time to go seek

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Nathan Bell In the sharemarket, a true bargain can be many things; unknown, unloved, ignored, misunderstood, odd, decrepit, pitied and reviled. One thing it's probably not is popular.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

These hybrids smell pretty sweet to me

Marcus Padley The bottom line is that the odds of a major hybrid issuer going bust are very, very low.

Falling Australian dollar will benefit domestic tourism and property

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David Potts The 5 per cent drop in the dollar in a fortnight is good news for nearly all of us.

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to make the most of broker research

Nathan Bell It isn't designed to identify long-term value because brokers want you to trade, now.