Share Market

STOCK MARKETS

All white's just right if a bubble's what you're after

Neil Irwin Racial diversity among stock exchange traders might cut down the chances of big booms and busts.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Investing is easy, and you already know how to do it

Give it a whirl: The good news is that no matter your life experience, financial prowess or your level of self-confidence, you can get started with investing.

Scott Phillips You know more than you think - and more than the 'smart money' does.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

You might think you have a choice, but . . .

All sorts: There maybe lots of lollies to choose from but you won't be offered all of them.

Marcus Padley There are a many products a financial planner could sell you but only a few which they will.

HOT STOCK

Ten weighs options with all to play for

Sending signals: Now that Ten is in play we think what follows will be a hotly contested auction for what is strategically a very valuable asset.

Greg Smith A laggard in many respects, Ten is still a very valuable piece of media real estate.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Investors in Medibank Private are overpaying for hope

Medibank Private: Must now deliver on its operational promises.

Nathan Bell There is likely to be no easy money in the Medibank Private float right now, Nathan Bell writes.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

A window into why ASIC is a pushover

Whistling: Even a former ASIC lawyer says the agency favours big business.

John Addis Why have a regulator that doesn't believe in regulation?

UNDER THE RADAR

Feast or famine in the world of biotech

Volatile mix: Research in this sector is essential before investment.

Richard Hemming Biotech is a sector where investors can strike it rich. But research is needed.

UNDER THE RADAR

Azure Healthcare's PR blunder a lesson to all small caps

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Richard Hemming Sugar-coating a downgrade might have helped Azure avoid having its share price halved.

SHARES RACE

Dartboard shoots ahead while others crash and burn

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David Potts The dartboard is on fire, so just as well its best stock specialises in fireproof fabrics.

BUILDING WEALTH

Property trusts up, but danger lurks if investors overpay

Foreign investors are currently getting a good return from Australian property investments.

John Collett They may be less risky than before the financial crisis, but listed property trusts are vulnerable to rises in interest rates.

GETTING STARTED

Doomsayers an unreliable guide to market trends

David Potts Experts get it wrong, and the most pessimistic tend to be most at risk of doing so.

FLOATS

Some buoyed by Medibank float

Float taking off.

Daryl Dixon Both the government and small investors have benefited from the privatisation of Medibank Private.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Six lessons from the Medibank IPO

Tasty to investors: The success of the Medibank privatisation suggests more privatisations will be on the way.

Scott Phillips Hype, fees, no stag profit, and more to come …

LOOK NORTH

Seek some fresh horizons

Slightly tattered: Australian investors are likely to do better by broadening their horizons.

John Collett After an up and down year, Australian shares are set to end 2014 where they began. Investors need a new approach.

UNDER THE RADAR

Forget small potatoes, look across the pond

Small scale: Australian corporate deals are small potatoes compared to those in the United States.

Richard Hemming Compared with the $100 billion-plus mega-mergers in the US the Medibank float is chickenfeed.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Benefits to going against the tide

On the contrary: Swimming against the tide can be very financially rewarding.

Marcus Padley There is more money to be made buying a stock that everybody hates then loves than there is buying a stock that everybody loves already.

HOT STOCK

Woodside Petroleum well-positioned for growing Asian market

Hot: Woodside's LNG production was a standout performer for the first nine months of 2014.

David Lennox Oil producer set to beat production records and deliver a big dividend.

HOT STOCK

Bright outlook for NZ's Spark after name change

Bright young thing: Spark is being underestimated in the telco market.

Greg Smith New Zealand's telecom outfit has a new name, and is mounting a strong challenge to the competition.

ASSET CHECK

Prepare portfolios for rough weather ahead

Time to batten down.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to ensure that the asset composition and risk profile of their holdings suit their personal needs.

CHINA BOOM

'Mania' drives China's stock market to three-year high

Many families are taking out brokerage loans to buy stocks, raising leverage and risk.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Retail investors are driving Chinese stocks to fresh highs, and market watchers are alarmed.