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.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: diversification, risk and volatility

Scott Phillips When designing your investment goals, you need to decide where you want to be, when, and with what level of volatility.

SHARES RACE

Australian sharemarket race: tipsters find it tougher going

John Collett The Australian sharemarket is showing more red ink over the week and our tipsters have had a tougher time of it in week two of our five-week share race.

MIND OVER MONEY

Acorns turns your spare change into an investment portfolio

Acorns Australia managing director George Lucas says the acorns name resonates in Europe and the English speaking world, but not in South America or Asia.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons A new app is launching in Australia that will take a few cents here and a few dollars there and invest it in exchange traded funds on your behalf.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Is it finally time to buy BHP?

Scott Phillips The Big Australian is on the nose – but is it cheap enough?

THE HONEST BROKER

How humans can compete with computer algorithms in share trading

Marcus Padley Humans can't compete with computer algorithms for short-term trades, but still have an edge over the medium to long term.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Mark Bouris on investing in volatile times

Mark Bouris Here we go again. Another year, another series of stories about world markets, Chinese economic growth and the ASX.

EDUCATION

How to save for your kids' education

Marcelle Gomez and her husband Christian are saving so they have options when 15-month-old Cruz hits high school.

John Collett Education costs are rising faster than inflation, so if you want choices about schools for your children, you need to plan ahead.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: what is 'asset allocation' anyway?

Asset allocation is compiling an investment portfolio that suits your investment goals - not putting all your eggs in one basket. Illustration: Michael Mucci

Scott Phillips The first in our new series for beginner investors, from Scott Phillips at The Motley Fool.

SHARES RACE

Tipsters defy market with strong gains

John Collett Shares Race kicks off for 2016 with a five-week game.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Don't sell everything: do these six things instead

John Addis The reason most investors don't beat the market is because they listen to silly advice like "sell everything".

WELL HEELED

Tackle suffering up front when setting goals

Melissa Browne Are we destined not to change or can we salvage our goals made for 2016? The short answer is yes and no.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Will 2016 get better for investors?

The markets are forecasting gloom.

Scott Phillips Investing in shares can be volatile and sometimes depressing, and the first few weeks of 2016 are proof.

Small investors in ETFs are chasing past returns

Chasing past performance doesn't stack up as an investment strategy.

John Collett Small investor activity in exchange traded funds (ETFs) indicates they are committing one of investing's cardinal sins.

THE HONEST BROKER

Why investment in 2016 will be all about picking winners

Marcus Padley After the worst start to the sharemarket year in living memory the obvious subject is whether we are about to see some sort of calamitous collapse in world markets.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to avoid investing in the next Dick Smith

With disappointing Christmas sales, Dick Smith felt the crunch in the new year.

Scott Phillips Some simple rules could keep you out of trouble.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Top 10 money mistakes of the middle-aged

In your 40s and 50s you are more likely to have extra mouths to feed.

Graham Witcomb You're at the height of your career and you probably have a couple of extra mouths to feed. Here are the 10 biggest money mistakes to avoid in your 40s and 50s.