Share Market

YOUR QUESTIONS

How to best invest your parents' savings: share market or balanced funds?

George Cochane Should my mum put half her savings into the share market?

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.

SHARE RACE

Market moves reset leaders in share market contest

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

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Should we worry about China and Greece?

Long faces on the Chinese sharemarket caused a ripple of worry through our financial system last month. Photo: AP

Scott Phillips We are not immune to financial instability happening on the other side of the globe. Scott Phillips assesses the current risks we face.

UNDER THE RADAR

How to double your money from mining services

Richard Hemming In common with other stocks in the sector, GR Engineering took a whack in 2013. But it has climbed back into favour.

HOT STOCK

A slower quarter, but Praemium still positive

James Lennon The financial software company has had its fair share of challenges but is now on track to record its first net profit.

ROBOT WORLD

Robo-investing may leave you short-changed

Richard Livingston Like fashion, the investing world has its trends. One of the latest, robo-investing, is "so hot right now".

GETTING AHEAD

Gold on the ropes is a positive sign

In the long term gold has proven to be a dubious investment, but it still offers a better return than Bitcoin.

David Potts Gold's falling price points to the US Federal Reserve getting closer to raising rates.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Where to next for the ASX?

No one can interpret the meaning of sharemarket movements with certainty.

Scott Phillips So what should we expect this earnings season? The short answer is that no one knows.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Learn from the wealthy and invest like a pro

Mark Bouris If you're going to make the most of your investments you have to think like a professional investor.

UNDER THE RADAR

Looking beyond profits

Richard Hemming One investor says the key to market success is to look at ugly ducklings before they grow into swans.

HOT STOCK

IOOF storm presents a buying opportunity

James Lennon A tale of questionable workplace practices offers a chance to make some money, too.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Austbrokers faces major buffeting

Austbrokers chief executive Mark Searles: The company's underlying net profit fell 15 per cent in the six months to December.

Graham Witcomb Warren Buffett is aiming to put one Australian business out of business. What can Austbrokers do?

MOTLEY FOOL

Avoid these five investment traps

Scott Phillips Don't let yourself be distracted … or worse.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Ignore the problems – look for the opportunities instead

While some investors may feel all at sea, there's no need to panic.

John Addis Don't let the fear get to you - there are a some big long-term trends running in our favour.

End of seven-year rule brings a new ball game for retirees

Brokers on the floor of the UBS trading room in Sydney.

Craig Racine The seven-year rule used to be a persuasive sales pitch for financial planners. Now it is gone.

What if you assume wrong?

To assume makes an ass of you and me.

Lewis J. Walker We invest our money and make a lot of other life choices based on assumptions. But how do we know they are right?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Being contrary can make your garden grow

Following the crowd has its risks.

Scott Phillips Being selectively independent and taking a different view when it's prudent to do so is a great strategy to make money.

GETTING AHEAD

Sustained jobs growth a good sign for investors

The Chinese stockmarket is permanently volatile.

David Potts The sharemarket was in a state well before Greece and China upset the apple cart, even though the economy is growing enough to lift profits.

UNDER THE RADAR

Blooming almonds help Select Harvests flourish

Almonds are a non-dairy source of protein, which consumers can't get enough of.

Richard Hemming Once a victim of the collapse of Timbercorp, Select Harvests has reinvented itself and is riding high again.