Share Market

SUPER & FUNDS

Low-cost diversification a boon for DIY super funds

John Collett Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a hit with investors.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Hot tip for selling old Playboys

Vintage <i>Playboy</i> magazines are hot property for collectors.

James Cockington Collectors could be more interested in old issues of Hugh Hefner's girlie magazine now that it has announced it will stop publishing pictures of fully naked women.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Fallacy of BHP Billiton as a default for a balanced fund

Scott Phillips A balanced portfolio is not Noah's Ark with two of everything and the only reason to buy BHP Billiton is if you think it will deliver market-beating returns.

THE HONEST BROKER

Microcap stocks fast track to grow wealth

In the microcap space, if you spend one hour researching a company you end up in the top 0.000001 per cent of people who know anything about it.

Marcus Padley Microcaps represent tremendous opportunity that you simply don't get in the plain vanilla stockmarket.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The Motley Fool: who is Australia's Warren Buffett?

Warren Buffett is probably the greatest investor of all time.

Scott Phillips Warren Buffett is probably the greatest investor the world has ever seen. Does anyone in Australia come close?

WELL-HEELED

From armchair activist to conscious consumer

Are you a conscious consumer or a sleepwalker? Illustration: Andrew Dyson

Melissa Browne Clicking to support a cause is not enough; you need to consider your investing, spending and borrowing as well.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Why mining stocks will stay low

Scott Phillips The adage "don't throw good money after bad" is pertinent for investors in mining stocks right now.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Don't believe a word

Good advice: Its Achilles heel is timing.

Marcus Padley The only way to go is to ignore both the optimists and the pessimists.

DOLLAR DAZZLERS

Check out these dollar dazzlers

Small stocks are often overlooked by the market and present opportunities larger stocks may not.

David Potts Where might you find some dazzling stocks for a dollar or less?

What the Westpac loan hike could cost you

Westpac variable loan customers could pay $63 more a month.

Kate Cowling Home owners with a Westpac variable loan have been encouraged to shop around after a surprise rate rise that could add more than $20,000 to a 30-year loan.

FACT CHECK

Why and how to invest in a Cayman Islands hedge fund

John Collett

John Collett Money checks the facts behind the attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over his family investments in the Cayman Islands.

BAD TIMING

'Time in the market' is a slogan, not a strategy

Time is not always on your side.

Richard Livingston The price you pay for a stock is the key to making money from the share market.

HOT STOCK

End of China's explosive growth not end of Incitec Pivot story

Signs are good for a potential share price appreciation.

Andrew Blackmore Prospects for fertiliser and explosives maker hinge on two engines – the US economy and the industrialisation of Asia.

FREE MONEY

What to do with your dividend windfall

The best way to ride a volatile sharemarket is to invest a fixed sum of money at regular intervals.

David Potts Billions of dollars worth of dividends are hitting bank accounts right now, but in a market as choppy as this, what's the best next move?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Bitcoin Group on the block

Bitcoin miners are likely to remain capital-intensive, low-margin businesses.

Andrew Legget One way to invest in Bitcoin is to get in on the ground floor with the IPO of 'Australia's biggest Bitcoin miner'. But it might be a bit risky.

ROBOT WORLD

The power to right investment wrongs

Ron Hodge The right robo advice model can save investors from unbalanced portfolios and subjective bias

PLANNING AHEAD

Share service choice can cost you in the end

Max Newnham The consequences of selecting the wrong share service are made plain after a husband's death.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Swinging bling in vogue again

A selection of items made by Charles de Temple to be sold by Shapiro Auctioneers in Sydney on October 20.

James Cockington Jewellery is hot right now as those with some spare cash invest in precious jewels rather than under-performing stocks and shares.

BOUNCING BACK

Make your money mistakes work for you

Even seemingly sweet deals can go wrong.

Barbara Drury Successful investors regard their missteps as valuable learning experiences. You can learn from them too.

YOUR SAY

Don't let your vote go to waste

Meet new friends and influential people at your next AGM.

David Potts If you're a shareholder you'll have been invited to the company AGM. Make sure you go.