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.

THE HONEST BROKER

The six X-factor risks keeping fund managers and investors up at night

Fund managers consider the possible election of Donald Trump as US president to be an investment risk.

Marcus Padley These are the X factors that the fund managers are most worried about, the events that could drop the market significantly more than "normal".

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: three dividend stocks that beat the banks

Michel's Patisserie is owned by ASX-listed Retail Food Group.

Scott Phillips Most Aussies don't want to hear it but the banks are way too large a proportion of our portfolios.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Lessons from the Myer turnaround

At the end of last year, Myer's share price was cheap.

Andrew Legget Investors are rewarded for going against the crowd, as Myer's recent recovery shows.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: A new day or false dawn for Myer?

Scott Phillips Department store Myer has improved its financial performance - but for how long?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting ahead in a low-interest rate environment

Mark Bouris The low interest rates are not welcomed by savers and retirees, but there are opportunities to maximise your returns.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: How to choose a stockbroker

Scott Phillips The three key steps to choosing a stockbroker or trading service.

Shares Race week 4: Leader scrapes a win in tough week for shares

Vanessa Desloires What threatened to be a blowout in this month's Shares Race ended up a close tussle between the top two.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race Week 2: leader plots a map to success

Vanessa Desloires There's been a shake up in the ranks this week, and one clever tipster has shot from fifth to first place on a bet in volatile small cap stocks.

NOEL WHITTAKER

High-income earners to turn to insurance bonds instead of super

Noel Whittaker As a result of the changes to superannuation announced in the budget, high-income earners will be looking for other ways to build wealth. One product springs to mind – insurance bonds.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Which companies will benefit from the falling dollar

Winner: Westfield owns shopping malls overseas such as this one in London.

Scott Phillips Investors can also benefit - or lose - when the currency falls.

THE HONEST BROKER

Good investment practice means tuning out the noise and looking to the long term

Investors: don't get distracted by the short term, but stick to your knitting.

Listening to, reading and watching reactionary research, commentary and media on a 24-hour basis makes you dumber not smarter.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Why your investment portfolio may be more risky than you think

If you have a LeBron James on your team, make the most of it.

Graham Witcomb Good diversification is about reducing risks, not merely adding more stocks.

Four rules for investing in uncertain times

John Manuel Owing BHP and Rio Tinto isn't diversification, nor is owning a rental property down the road from your own home.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: compile a watchlist of companies you like and wait for opportunity

Scott Phillips If you understand a company's strategy, management and opportunity, you'll be ready to pounce when the market next throws the baby out with the bathwater.

WELL HEELED

The advantages of renting over home ownership

Renting might deliver more freedom and options than home ownership, especially if you hedge your bets with an investment property.

Melissa Browne Australians give lip service to wanting freedom and options, but how we're behaving with our money tells quite a different story.

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.