Share Market

HOT STOCK

Silver Chef set to win big as hospitality industry booms

James Lennon Equipment financier Silver Chef is poised to reap the rewards as the hospitality industry grows.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Investing is easy, 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.

SMART INVESTING

The best ways to lose money

Richard Livingston Often regarded as the world's most successful investor, Warren Buffett says the first rule of making money is never to lose money.

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Lose weight, stop smoking, invest in yourself

Kick it in the butt: Stop smoking and start saving.

Scott Phillips It's time to forget your bad old habits and start living your financial life more healthily. Here's how.

HOT STOCK

Elders investors have little to beef about

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James Lennon It was close to being wound up, so the turnaround of the agribusiness is good news for investors.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Buy and hold Australian blue chip stocks? Not so fast...

Think global: Perhaps it's time to broaden your investment horizons.

Thabojan Rasiah There's a whole world out there. Why don't you invest in it?

UNDER THE RADAR

Asia has big appetite for soft commodities

License to grow: The China-Australia free trade agreement  underlines that food will be one of the boom industries for Australia.

Richard Hemming Asian demand has been growing for soft commodities, which include protein, namely fish, nuts, beef and dairy.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Five steps to getting started in shares

Baby steps: Even the best businesses can stumble, but there's a lot you can do to put the odds in your favour.

Scott Phillips Investing can be daunting - but the reward is worth it.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Buy and hold Australian blue chip stocks? Not so fast...

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Thabojan Rasiah There's a whole world out there. Why don't you invest in it?

Frankingly my dear, I can't credit it

David Potts The drums are beating louder against one of the best tax breaks ever invented.

BUYING TO LET

Patchy outlook for investors

Building wealth.

John Collett Record-low interest rates have been driving property prices higher. But borrowing won’t always be cheap and, if you’re thinking of buying to let, you will need to tread carefully.

HOT TIPS

Get on a good thing

The Australian Share Market, Stocks, ASX

John Collett With the economic outlook only ‘modest’ what are some good stocks to get into for the long term?