Share Market

Volatility is the new normal in the share market

Marcus Padley Market volatility has destroyed the concept of "safe income" in equities, but there are options to ensure a smoother investment ride.

What to do in a falling share market

Appropriate reactions to a falling market include, first of all, to sell.

Marcus Padley Amuse yourself somewhere warm while you watch and wait for things to get better.

ASSET CHECK

Share market biased against small investors

A pat on the back for CBA.

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.

SHARES RACE

Ellis increases her lead as BigUn goes gangbusters

John Collett At a little over the halfway mark of the Year-Long Shares Race, Angie Ellis of 80 20 Investment has extended her lead over the second-placed competitor.

Investors facing volatile market with CommBank woes and North Korea crisis

Daryl Dixon Among the many factors affecting investment risks, the level of gearing and diversity of asset holdings are paramount.

Motley Fool: Buy global stocks because the ASX is not enough

If you only invest in Australian companies, you miss out on opportunities such as Facebook.

Scott Phillips The ASX is only 2 per cent of the world's stock markets, when measured by market capitalisation.

SHARES RACE

Back-to-back wins for Ellis in fantasy shares game

John Collett Angie Ellis of 80 20 Investments scores yet another win in the Shares Race.

IPO warning: more than half of floated companies are underwater a decade later

Pot stocks have enjoyed fevered interest since the government's moves to legalise the nascent sector.

Scott Phillips Companies are floated to make money … but not for you.

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Financial 'education' can be a trap for the unwary

Marcus Padley If only there was a defined path to the Holy Grail, the ability to know which stocks are going up and which are going down and when.

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SHARES RACE

Ellis holds commanding lead in week three of the Shares Race

John Collett While most contestants lost money during week three of the four-week Shares Race, Angie Ellis, of 80 20 Investments, increased the value of her portfolio.

SHARES RACE

Ellis increases her lead at the halfway point of the Shares Race

John Collett Angie Ellis, of 80 20 Investments, has increased her already commanding lead in week two of the four-week Shares Race.

Profit from these five investment trends over the next decade

Investor John Baillie attended an investor day where he could ask questions before deciding on a fund.

John Collett Thematic investing is not without risks, but there can be big rewards.

Motley Fool: Are you ready for dividend season?

Former prime minister and treasurer Paul Keating was the architect of superannuation and the dividend imputation system.

Scott Phillips Is there any sweeter (virtual) sound than the digital tinkling of dividends as they fall into your bank account?

How to turn $10,000 into a million dollars

Marcus Padley It sounds like a stupid question but it's actually a really good one.

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Bumper financial year returns could be as good as it gets

Investors have enjoyed a bumper financial year

John Collett Improving global growth and profits as well as low interest rates have underpinned very strong returns for sharemarkets.

Investors falling foul of rules on tax-deductible interest

If you're claiming interest on an investment loan for a tax deduction, you need to keep it 100 per cent separate from your living expenses.

Noel Whittaker It is still common for people to find themselves in financial strife because they do not understand the tax implications of their actions.

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Investing with a conscience needn't mean lower returns

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Clancy Yeates Say what you will about ethics in finance, but a big change sweeping through large chunks of this industry is the shift towards investing with a social conscience.