Share Market

UNDER THE RADAR

Quickstep's carbon fibre manufacturing technology for military has motoring potential

Richard Hemming One of Australia’s manufacturing success stories is defence, where some small caps are making big gains.

LOOKING FOR YIELD

Blue chips hit highs - but will run last?

Blue chips - we can't get enough of them.

John Collett Rate cut pushes Telstra, Wesfarmers and the big banks to record highs. But experts see a correction on the horizon.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Stark warning: Winter is coming, prepare for the worst

Scott Phillips As sure as night follows day, busts have followed booms since time immemorial. So are you ready for the next recession?

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

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John Collett 5.3 per cent

GETTING STARTED

Stick or twist? The smart move is to sit tight

Better to take the losses in order to win big when things improve.

Sally Patten If the going gets rough, investors should remember one of the key lessons from the GFC.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Predictable predictions for 2015

Time for a bit of foresight for 2015.

Marcus Padley The great thing about the stock market at the end of the year is that you can look back and see everything that you should have known.

GETTING STARTED

Rush into bonds gives shares some added shine

The Japanese are stepping up money printing.

David Potts With bonds offering ultra low and even negative yields dividend paying shares are more attractive to investors. Indispensable even.

HOLIDAY HOMES

Smart investment or just a money pit?

Simply irresistible: Lisa Marquette made a snap decision to purchase her holiday retreat but says she has no regrets.

David Potts Thinking of buying a beach shack or a hideaway in the hills? Take a breath – you could end up with a whole heap of hassle.

INSIGHT

Companies to back in the coming year

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Clancy Yeates Which shares stand to deliver the best returns when growth is soft and interest rates at record lows?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Five stocks to get you started

Shopping list: If you're a new investor, working out which companies to invest in can be a tough decision.

Scott Phillips Want to begin investing? Here's a shortlist of companies to put your money in.

UNDER THE RADAR

Australian gold producers benefit from price rebound and weaker dollar

Gold, fingers: Northern Star's profit margins have gone from somewhere between 0 and $50 an ounce to $250 an ounce.

Richard Hemming With the gold price rebounding from its lows and the dollar weaker, smaller gold producers are running hot.

HOT STOCK

Silver Chef set to win big as hospitality industry booms

Growth curve: Silver Chef is set to hit the jackpot as the hospitality industry expands.

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

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.

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.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

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.

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.

Bouris on Money

Ten ways to read the economy

Big picture: Understand the economy before you make major financial decisions.

Mark Bouris When you make financial decisions outside your normal expertise you’ll need to understand the broader economy.

HOT STOCK

Qantas circling inflection point

Robust capital position: Domestically Qantas stands in a good position to maintain, if not increase, market share.

Greg Smith After suffering severe headwinds for many years it looks like the carrier is set for some clearer air.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to make the most of broker research

Nathan Bell It isn't designed to identify long-term value because brokers want you to trade, now.

SHORT CHANGE

A leg of briefs

Clothing and entertainment: Choice says households are being forced to spend less.

John Potts Budgeting? ASIC has an app for that.