Share Market

INVESTMENT 101

The real definition of risk for investors

Scott Phillips  Throw away the textbooks: investment risk is not the same as volatility.

THE HONEST BROKER

It's been a rubbish week on financial markets but let's keep perspective

Marcus Padley The slump in market sentiment is getting out of hand.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Icarus stocks return to Earth

Scott Phillips Flying too high can be dangerous, as companies such as Ansell, A2 Milk and Blackmores are experiencing.

SHARES RACE

Chartist edges out the Dartboard to take lead

John Collett The chartist, Richard Pritchard, has swapped places with the Dartboard to take the lead in week four of the shares race.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Woolworths is still in the wilderness

Scott Phillips Woolworths has a whole host of problems, but its fat margins are at the core of the trouble.

Crisis brewing or beat-up? Earnings season should provide some clues

Clancy Yeates A looming flood of company results should give a clearer picture whether recent market fears are justified.

SUPER & FUNDS

Australian shares world beaters over 100 years

John Collett Australian shares have outperformed the global market over the past century, but local investors still need more exposure to international shares.

HOT STOCK

Market 'overreacting' to Ardent Leisure's Texas exposure

James Lennon Ardent Leisure's share price has experienced some headwinds recently due to market-wide falls.

INVESTMENT

Why investors should consider China in the Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey could be an auspicious time to invest in the undervalued Chinese sharemarket.

Ben Hurley The rise of China's middle class makes long-term investment in China a good bet.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: diversification, risk and volatility

The sharemarket has ups and downs but outperforms cash in the long term.

Scott Phillips When designing your investment goals, you need to decide where you want to be, when, and with what level of volatility.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to spot a future share price disaster

A few minutes studying a financial report can save you from a fall.

James Greenhalgh The first rule of sharemarket investing isn't to make money but not to lose it.

SHARES RACE

Australian sharemarket race: tipsters find it tougher going

John Collett

John Collett The Australian sharemarket is showing more red ink over the week and our tipsters have had a tougher time of it in week two of our five-week share race.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race: Week 3

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens gave a slapdown in central banker speak.

Gareth Hutchens The Dartboard still reigns. Richard Pritchard is still coming second. But they're the only contestants who remain in the black.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Why small investors should welcome volatility

Value-driven small investors should welcome the rise of robo-advisers – it's less competition.

John Addis Volatility on global sharemarkets is scaring the pants off professional and retail investors alike. It shouldn't.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Mark Bouris on investing in volatile times

Mark Bouris Here we go again. Another year, another series of stories about world markets, Chinese economic growth and the ASX.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: what is 'asset allocation' anyway?

Asset allocation is compiling an investment portfolio that suits your investment goals - not putting all your eggs in one basket. Illustration: Michael Mucci

Scott Phillips The first in our new series for beginner investors, from Scott Phillips at The Motley Fool.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Is it finally time to buy BHP?

Scott Phillips The Big Australian is on the nose – but is it cheap enough?

THE HONEST BROKER

How humans can compete with computer algorithms in share trading

Marcus Padley Humans can't compete with computer algorithms for short-term trades, but still have an edge over the medium to long term.

EDUCATION

How to save for your kids' education

Marcelle Gomez and her husband Christian are saving so they have options when 15-month-old Cruz hits high school.

John Collett Education costs are rising faster than inflation, so if you want choices about schools for your children, you need to plan ahead.

MIND OVER MONEY

Acorns turns your spare change into an investment portfolio

Acorns Australia managing director George Lucas says the acorns name resonates in Europe and the English speaking world, but not in South America or Asia.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons A new app is launching in Australia that will take a few cents here and a few dollars there and invest it in exchange traded funds on your behalf.