Share Market

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Steaming in for nautical auction

James Cockington Finding a million or two to buy Australia's finest steam-powered yacht might not necessarily be a problem. But is it a good investment?

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE

Open up to a world of market gains

Investing overseas offers opportunities and industries that aren't available in Australia.

David Potts Sharemarkets almost everywhere around the world are booming - and they're putting our market to shame.

Warren Buffett's full of contradictions on hedge funds, taxes, says Daniel Loeb

Noah Buhayar and Simone Foxman Hedge-fund manager Daniel Loeb said he finds billionaire Warren Buffett full of inconsistencies on topics like hedge funds and taxes.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Recession-proofing your portfolio

Deflation doesn't just impact on the economy.

John Addis John Kenneth Galbraith famously said that there are two types of forecasters; those who don't know, and those who don't know they don't know.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Dangers for unwary but ‘sophisticated’ investors

Make sure you  read the paperwork and know your rights before you invest.

Marcus Padley ASIC rules allow 'sophisticated investors' to be treated with less care than the rest of us.

UNDER THE RADAR

How a small cap miner doubled despite a weak copper price

Richard Hemming Highlands Pacific's stock had doubled in the past month and is now up 50 per cent since the start of March.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The impacts of abolishing franking credits

Removing franking credits could affect shareholders and companies in several ways.

Nathan Bell Putting aside arguments over the strengths and weaknesses of Australia's dividend imputation system, what would be the impact if it was abolished?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Using shares to top up your pension pot

Investing in the share market isn't a game of chance.

Scott Phillips If you can stomach some volatility, shares could be just the tonic your super needs.

HOT STOCK

Australian Vintage still has plenty to celebrate

Capped: Cash flow at Australian Vintage has been robust enough to enable it to reduce debt.

James Lennon Despite falling off the All Ordinaries, the winemaker is on course to recover from last year's lows.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Leave the nest egg and live on less

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley As sure as nest eggs are nest eggs, we are not in a new paradigm, we are simply in a period of low-interest rates - and it will change.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six signs of a successful acquisition

Nathan Bell Be wary when it comes to takeovers - unless there are excellent strategic and financial reasons why two plus two will equal five.

SELF-DEFENCE

Protection always comes at a price

Erecting barriers against market downturns is not a cost-free exercise.

David Potts  A share fund designed to preserve capital with similar dividend yields to the banks, only cheaper, will list next month.

GETTING STARTED

MYOB keeps its head in the clouds

There are plenty of figures surrounding the float of MYOB.

David Potts The biggest share float since Medibank Private is MYOB, not that you'd know. Even Spotless aroused more passion.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Where to next for the Australian dollar?

It's difficult to create a scenario where the US/Australia comparison doesn't further favour the US in the months and maybe years ahead.

Scott Phillips It's been a bumpy ride, but heading overseas could get more expensive

A MINER BLIP

Down times are suitable for miners

David Potts

David Potts Some insiders say mining stocks have hit the bottom and are ripe for the plucking. Others urge caution.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Sweet lessons from Nutella

The taste and ease of use of Nutella have made it an international hit.

Gaurav Sodhi Michele Ferrero ran his hugely successful business by following the maxim of doing something different and sticking at it.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Building wealth for share-loving investors

Scott Phillips Here’s a way to have your cake and eat it, too.

SUPER & FUNDS

Developers paying brokers for investors’ names

John Collett dinkus Dinkus

John Collett Some off-the-plan property developers are making payments to mortgage brokers in return for sales leads.

INSIGHT

Don't ignore the signs when it comes to yield

Clancy Yeates dinkus Dinkus

Clancy Yeates The house price boom in Australia's two biggest cities is crunching the most immediate source of return for property investors: rental yields.

MONEY'S PROPERTY SPECIAL

Pensioners' poser: nest - or divest?

Many retirees find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place once they try to downsize.

Barbara Drury The garden's too big, there's too many steps to the front door – it's time to move to somewhere smaller. So what's stopping you? Well...