Share Market

SHARES RACE

Shares Race: Santa rally postponed as rate double whammy looms

David Potts Santa has been delayed, so this year's Christmas seasonal sharemarket rally must wait another week.

INVESTING

Macquarie Bank's new capital notes: the fine print behind the premium

Macquarie Group is kicking off a $400 million hybrid.

David Potts There'll be a rush for Macquarie's new capital notes paying 7.5 per cent but if you miss out you might have the last laugh.

YOUR QUESTIONS

George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

Retirement plans should take account of longer lifespans.

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.

OUTLOOK

Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

Electronics retailer Harvey Norman says sales were up 7.1 per cent in the September quarter.

David Potts If he dropped by one of this week's annual meetings, the Reserve Bank's Glenn Stevens would hear a different story to the official narrative.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Is Lego a better investment than shares or gold?

Lego sets, like the Star Wars Millennium Falcon, can appreciate in value if kept pristine.

James Cockington Earlier this year the Daily Telegraph in the UK reported that Lego has been a better investment over the last 15 years than the stock market, gold or bank accounts.

GETTING AHEAD

Why unlisted trusts offer a second chance property boom

Commercial real estate such as CBD office towers is performing well for investors.

David Potts Listed real estate trusts (REITs) have been quietly going about their businesss of beating the market, though that wouldn't have been hard.

SOLAR BOOM

How investors can plug into the solar boom

Solar energy specialist Jake Steele, Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon and Tom Nockolds from Pingala have the answer to

David Potts You can ride the solar boom even if you rent, live in an apartment or in the shade.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Is your share portfolio ready for climate change?

Scott Phillips The threat of climate change is also a threat for your portfolio, even if you don't believe in the science.

Households gear up for next phase of the solar revolution

Fiona Workman had solar panels installed on her roof two years ago.

David Potts Solar panels are landing on rooftops just as the Hills Hoist invaded backyards. If you're not solar-powered, you're not with it.

Are Blackmores and Bellamy's shares in a bubble?

How frothy is Blackmores' rapid rise on the scale?

David Potts Shares in Blackmores and Bellamy's Organic have made astronomical gains, prompting fears of a bubble.

HOT STOCK

Hot stocks: KFC owner Collins Foods is taking flight again

Greg Smith Collins Foods' KFC business now represents around 85 per cent of total income, and has performed strongly in the past financial year, despite rising labour rates.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by 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 MOTLEY FOOL

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?

SHARE RACE

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.

ANALYSIS

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.

ASK NOEL

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.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

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 MOTLEY FOOL

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.

SHARES RACE

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.