Share Market

Dollar's metal ties restored

David Potts This week's big drop in the dollar in a fortnight is good news for nearly all of us.

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

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.

HOT STOCK

Qantas circling inflection point

Robust capital position: Domestically Qantas stands in a good position to maintain, if not increase, market share.

Greg Smith After suffering severe headwinds for many years it looks like the carrier is set for some clearer air.

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.

SHORT CHANGE

A leg of briefs

Clothing and entertainment: Choice says households are being forced to spend less.

John Potts Budgeting? ASIC has an app for that.

Bouris on Money

Ten ways to read the economy

Big picture: Understand the economy before you make major financial decisions.

Mark Bouris When you make financial decisions outside your normal expertise you’ll need to understand the broader economy.

SHARES RACE

Toro, Poseidon Nickel prove stellar in share race

David Potts Modesty aside, our writer records his stellar success in the first week of the share tipping race.

Communications

Tidy profit for DIY funds with Telstra shares

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John Collett The Telsta buy-back could be very rewarding for some shareholders.

Gauging the risks with financial investments

Risk adviser.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to be aware of the possibility of volatility and the need to be able, and willing, to sit out price declines.

HOT STOCK

BHP is priced for growth

Juggernaut: The mining company is driving costs down.

David Lennox Miner's proposed demerger may become a key plank in driving better returns from the company’s assets.

INVESTING

Dividend fountain set to keep on spouting

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David Potts Payouts aren't up a great deal - bar a few spectacular exceptions - but more companies are paying them.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

When do hard assets offer real value?

Hot and cold: All that melts is not gold, the unfortunate tale of BlueScope.

Nathan Bell A company values hard assets on its balance sheet. But how accurate is that figure when the ''for sale'' signs are out?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Property investing not a good fit for all

Marcus Padley It is not one or the other when weighing up the benefits of either share or property investments.

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?

UNDER THE RADAR

Bubble or brilliance? Either way Audio Pixels is on a roll

Tangled headphones.

Richard Hemming Australian technology minnow Audio Pixels has investors in a frenzy with shares almost tripling since early June.

FLOATS

Share floats a bonanza for shareholders

Capital investment: Floats valued at $14 billion have been offered to the public in the last 12 months.

John Collett The past 12 months or so have seen a record number of floats on the sharemarket.

SHARES RACE

Wafer-thin speakers a sound investment in stock race

David Potts All of our players are ahead of the board except for one, whose stars appear to be out of alignment writes David Potts.

GET RICH, QUICK

Five secrets to getting rich

In the money: How to get rich is simple if you know the secrets.

Alexandra Cain Small changes can lead to big increases in how much your investments return, writes Alexandra Cain.