Share Market

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Invest time wisely to help your children reap the rewards

Marcus Padley It's a subtle art talking to kids, whether about finance or life in general; it's not about telling them what to do, it's about telling them stories.

ASSET CHECK

After Telstra, the gloss could be rubbing off big share buybacks

Buyback: Telestra results disappointing.

Daryl Dixon The Telstra buyback disappointed many, and serves as a timely warning for investors of the potential risks as well as the benefits of accepting seemingly attractive offers.

ASSET CHECK

Unsettling time for investors

Volatility is likely to be much higher in international sharemarkets.

Daryl Dixon The good times for superannuation fund and other share investors may have come to an end.

ASK NOEL

How can I get my home dream to fly?

Dreams of a home

Noel Whittaker I'm 23 and want to own my own home. What's my best long-term strategy?

ASSET CHECK

Investing outlook not necessarily brighter

Outlook: Change not  necessarily for the better.

Daryl Dixon The recent sharp rebound in world share markets does not automatically mean that better times lie ahead

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Small investors can get their fingers burnt

Safe hands: Be wary of companies making placements, particularly when there's no share purchase plan attached.

Nathan Bell Many share issues favour large shareholders over small. How can you tell if you're being short-changed?

HOT STOCK

Good times ahead for winemaker

Producer: Australian Vintage's focus is expected to deliver above average earnings growth over the medium-term.

James Lennon Smart management is expected to put Australian Vintage on an upward trajectory.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Source and story key to sale success

Lot 7. A pair of Chinese gilt-bronze Buddhist guardians. Ming Dynasty. Estimates. $40,000 to $60,000.

James Cockington When fakes and 'copies' abound, being able to establish that you have the genuine article is very important.

WEALTH

He's worth $28b, but is Alibaba boss Jack Ma happy? No

Jack Ma

The world's biggest retailer saw turnover of $9 billion on Tuesday but its boss - China's richest man - says "I'm not very happy".

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.

UNDER THE RADAR

The drugs don't work

Alchemia's Chief Scientific Officer, Tracey Brown.

Richard Hemming Last week Dr Tracey Brown was the toast of Telstra's Business awards for her groundbreaking cancer drug. Then the clinical trial results came in.

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.

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?

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.

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.