Share Market

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.

INVESTING

Never mind the profit outlook, feel the dividends

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David Potts Even as the dividends flowed something was missing from this year's profit reports, and perhaps more remarkably, nobody noticed.

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.

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.

HOT STOCK

HUB24's $2m move for Paragem makes it even more attractive

Good planning: Paragem will boost HUB24's funds under administration.

Greg Smith The listed investment platform firm HUB24 has announced that that it is buying independently owned financial planning licensee Paragem for $2 million.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Time to sell down the banks

Exposed: The banks might be too big to fail but in the event of a crash only the depositors are protected, not the shareholders.

Nathan Bell Bank stocks are masquerading as the market's miracle-makers but are far riskier than most investors appreciate.

INSIGHT

Big banks no longer the leaders

Dimmed: the big four banks are facing fresh headwinds.

Clancy Yeates Over the past four months or so, the banks have lagged the broader market. What's going on?

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?

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

Don't stress out on missing out

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Nathan Bell You can miss out on hundreds of opportunities and still do well, but back too many duds and you’re sure to do badly.

Dollar's strength shows all that glitters isn't gold

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David Potts Everything is conspiring against gold but all things considered the goldminers are doing all right. Must be a tough lot.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Precipice looms for some if franking rules change

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Richard Livingston If dividend imputation rules change, expect the share prices of the banks and Telstra to fall over a cliff.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Super stocks for smart investors

In demand: Domino's Pizza has a high price-to-earnings ratio, but investors should not take that as a reason to sell.

Marcus Padley Judging shares by their current price-to-earnings ratio is misguided.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Before you buy stocks check out why they are being sold

Care bear: Making the bear case before you buy is crucial.

Nathan Bell We’ve all become excited about a company after too little research. We’ve told ourselves the stock is set to double – nay, triple – once the market understands it.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What next for Telstra?

Tough times ahead: A changing market means Telstra will struggle to find growth.

Nathan Bell This is a business under threat as more companies are linked to the network by competitors’ fibre.

SHARES RACE

Shares race: dartboard takes lead in four-week race

David Potts Random picks by the dartboard were the best result after the first week of a month-long shares race.

UNDER THE RADAR

Hot copper's stellar performance

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Richard Hemming Copper is proving to be a hot sector for exploration and one area with the most heat is Mongolia.

INVESTING

Telstra result pleases shareholders

Higher than forecast: Telstra's full-year after-tax profit is up 14 per cent to $4.28 billion.

John Collett Telstra’s $4.2 billion profit, higher dividend and share buyback are good news for shareholders.

Franking credits a key part of Australia's economic machine

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Daryl Dixon Future governments must continue to recognise the importance of retaining the imputation credit system.