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HOT STOCK

Litigation funder steps up growth

Greg Smith We regard commercial litigation funder Bentham IMF as an interesting opportunity.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Self-managed funds no walk in wonderland

John Addis Advisory websites sell self-managed super funds as tax benefit nirvana, offering the chance to ''boost your returns''.

HOT STOCK

Westpac outperforms bank peers

Greg Smith Westpac recently delivered another solid set of numbers.

UNDER THE RADAR

Golden opportunities as assets swap apace

Richard Hemming Assets are swapping at a rate of knots in the gold sector as companies that desperately need cash sell to companies that have cash.

WHERE TO INVEST

The ABC of investing

The ABCs of investing.

You didn't need the budget to tell you that you are on your own, although a reminder every now and then never goes astray.

THE CHARTIST

Bank of Queensland delicately placed

Bank of Queensland.

Rod Myer Bank of Queensland is a significant second-tier bank, trading well below its pre-GFC highs.

INVESTING

Pre-flight checks: 20 essential tips for investors

Richard Evans Use these investment checklists to avoid losing money.

Money: Small stocks do's and don'ts

Nathan Bell Small stocks are better value than they've been in years, but risks remain.

HOT STOCK

Greencross, for the love of Fido

Greg Smith Australia has one of the world's highest rates of pet ownership, and hopes are high for one petcare company.

Full-service brokers: we're worth every cent

Marcus Padley Try getting your personal financial issues sorted by a 20-year-old at a call centre - then you'll see why you're paying $19.95 a trade.

GETTING STARTED

VIX in the mix: calm before a share storm?

David Potts Financial advisers are always harping on about the trade-off between reward and risk.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Do’s and don’ts when looking to small stocks

Nathan Bell The last few years have favoured the big over the nimble.

THE CHARTIST

Starbucks losing its froth

Starbucks.

Rod Myer The company has received positive press lately, but this chart shows a different picture.

SHARES RACE

From feather duster back to rooster as market slips back

The competition starts afresh with participants racing to see who can makes the best virtual pile of cash.

David Potts From feather duster last time, yours truly is rooster in the first week of our new four-week shares race.

UNDER THE RADAR

Fairer sailing for the good ship Austal

The Austal MRV: one of the vessels built by the company.

Richard Hemming The Austal ship has righted itself. Now all we need are the dividends to lighten the ballast.

THE CHARTIST

Momentum building for Amcor

Amcor.

Rod Myer Amcor has a long history but no longer resembles the paper and packaging giant of old. After a shaky GFC, it has staged a strong recovery.

INVESTING

Seven wonders of the investing world

Big oil: Shale oil is transforming the US economy.

Where will money be made in the longer term? David Potts tells all.

Dollar's strength shows all that glitters isn't gold

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Everything is conspiring against gold but all things considered the goldminers are doing all right. Must be a tough lot.

THE CHARTIST

Iron ore drops Fortescue price and Andrew Forrest's fortune

Rod Myer Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group is a hostage to the iron ore price.

HOT STOCK

Mt Carlton main driver as Evolution Mining digs deep

Greg Smith Price and exploration potential make this gold miner attractive.