Share Market

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.


The 98 per cent of opportunities you're missing

Global brands such as Nike should be on the radar for Australian investors.

Scott Phillips Why do people willingly restrict themselves to 2 per cent of the market when it comes to shares?

Is BHP Billiton a bargain or a trap for the foolhardy?

In the aftermath of the disaster at the BHP mine in Brazil last week, its share price is now languishing at about $20.

John Collett BHP Billiton shares can be bought on a "grossed-up" dividend yield, which includes franking credits, of 12 per cent. But are you brave enough to venture in?


Pros shrug off a falling market with 20 per cent plus stocks

David Potts Three of the pros in our four-week shares race are showing their mettle by building on their $100,000 portfolios in a falling market.


BHP shares on the skids as the mud flies

The town of Bento Rodrigues in Brazil flooded after an iron ore mine dam burst.

David Potts BHP was struggling even before the mine disaster in Brazil and some mud, so to speak, is bound to stick.


Claiming a tax deduction for renovating an investment property

The cost of renovations for an investment property are deducted off capital gains tax, not income tax.

Noel Whittaker Readers ask Noel Whittaker their financial dilemmas, from the tax deductibility of renovating an investment property to whether to buy their late mother's house.


What you already know could make you a fortune

John Cheston, group general manager of Smiggle, in the central Melbourne store.

Scott Phillips Forget the "talking heads" you see on TV. Sometimes the expert in a particular topic is you.


The five biggest investment mistakes

Investors should emulate Aesop's tortoise not the hare.

Scott Phillips At its best, investing is slow, somewhat boring - and potentially very profitable.


Dartboard hits the target as the pros flounder at the finish

The dartboard is picking ASX stocks well.

David Potts A penny-dreadful stock propelled the dartboard to victory in our four-week shares race.

Bank shareholders still rake in dividends

David Potts.

David Potts Neither a borrower nor a lender be nor, with apologies to Shakespeare, own bank shares.


Candid Camera and the danger of consensus thinking

Candid Camera, which ran for more than 30 years, was a good example for how going with the crowd could make you look silly.

Catherine Robson As Candid Camera demonstrated during its 30 years on air, fear of being different can make us do some very stupid things, particularly when it comes to managing money.


Low-cost diversification a boon for DIY super funds

Exchange traded funds can ensure diversification.

John Collett Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a hit with investors.


Hot tip for selling old Playboys

Vintage <i>Playboy</i> magazines are hot property for collectors.

James Cockington Collectors could be more interested in old issues of Hugh Hefner's girlie magazine now that it has announced it will stop publishing pictures of fully naked women.


Fallacy of BHP Billiton as a default for a balanced fund

Scott Phillips A balanced portfolio is not Noah's Ark with two of everything and the only reason to buy BHP Billiton is if you think it will deliver market-beating returns.


Microcap stocks fast track to grow wealth

In the microcap space, if you spend one hour researching a company you end up in the top 0.000001 per cent of people who know anything about it.

Marcus Padley Microcaps represent tremendous opportunity that you simply don't get in the plain vanilla stockmarket.


The Motley Fool: who is Australia's Warren Buffett?

Warren Buffett is probably the greatest investor of all time.

Scott Phillips Warren Buffett is probably the greatest investor the world has ever seen. Does anyone in Australia come close?


From armchair activist to conscious consumer

Are you a conscious consumer or a sleepwalker? Illustration: Andrew Dyson

Melissa Browne Clicking to support a cause is not enough; you need to consider your investing, spending and borrowing as well.


Why mining stocks will stay low

Scott Phillips The adage "don't throw good money after bad" is pertinent for investors in mining stocks right now.


Don't believe a word

Good advice: Its Achilles heel is timing.

Marcus Padley The only way to go is to ignore both the optimists and the pessimists.


Check out these dollar dazzlers

Small stocks are often overlooked by the market and present opportunities larger stocks may not.

David Potts Where might you find some dazzling stocks for a dollar or less?