Share Market

Your bank holdings under threat

Daryl Dixon Decisions need to be made on the banking industry - the savings of millions of Australians are at stake.

STOCK MARKETS

All white's just right if a bubble's what you're after

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Neil Irwin Racial diversity among stock exchange traders might cut down the chances of big booms and busts.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Investing is easy, and 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.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

You might think you have a choice, but . . .

All sorts: There maybe lots of lollies to choose from but you won't be offered all of them.

Marcus Padley There are a many products a financial planner could sell you but only a few which they will.

HOT STOCK

Ten weighs options with all to play for

Sending signals: Now that Ten is in play we think what follows will be a hotly contested auction for what is strategically a very valuable asset.

Greg Smith A laggard in many respects, Ten is still a very valuable piece of media real estate.

UNDER THE RADAR

Perpetual splashing the cash on small caps

Risk assessment: Companies with low market capitalisation carry greater risk than those with high market capitalisation, and have potentially greater returns.

Richard Hemming Perpetual's Small Cap chief, Jack Collopy, has spent about $100 million on stocks in the past six weeks.

UNDER THE RADAR

The drugs don't work

Alchemia's Chief Scientific Officer, Tracey Brown.

Richard Hemming Last week Dr Tracey Brown was the toast of Telstra's Business awards for her groundbreaking cancer drug. Then the clinical trial results came in.

UNDER THE RADAR

Feast or famine in the world of biotech

Volatile mix: Research in this sector is essential before investment.

Richard Hemming Biotech is a sector where investors can strike it rich. But research is needed.

UNDER THE RADAR

Azure Healthcare's PR blunder a lesson to all small caps

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Richard Hemming Sugar-coating a downgrade might have helped Azure avoid having its share price halved.

SHARES RACE

Dartboard shoots ahead while others crash and burn

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David Potts The dartboard is on fire, so just as well its best stock specialises in fireproof fabrics.

BUILDING WEALTH

Property trusts up, but danger lurks if investors overpay

Foreign investors are currently getting a good return from Australian property investments.

John Collett They may be less risky than before the financial crisis, but listed property trusts are vulnerable to rises in interest rates.

GETTING STARTED

Doomsayers an unreliable guide to market trends

David Potts Experts get it wrong, and the most pessimistic tend to be most at risk of doing so.

FLOATS

Some buoyed by Medibank float

Float taking off.

Daryl Dixon Both the government and small investors have benefited from the privatisation of Medibank Private.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Six lessons from the Medibank IPO

Tasty to investors: The success of the Medibank privatisation suggests more privatisations will be on the way.

Scott Phillips Hype, fees, no stag profit, and more to come …

LOOK NORTH

Seek some fresh horizons

Slightly tattered: Australian investors are likely to do better by broadening their horizons.

John Collett After an up and down year, Australian shares are set to end 2014 where they began. Investors need a new approach.

UNDER THE RADAR

Forget small potatoes, look across the pond

Small scale: Australian corporate deals are small potatoes compared to those in the United States.

Richard Hemming Compared with the $100 billion-plus mega-mergers in the US the Medibank float is chickenfeed.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Benefits to going against the tide

On the contrary: Swimming against the tide can be very financially rewarding.

Marcus Padley There is more money to be made buying a stock that everybody hates then loves than there is buying a stock that everybody loves already.

HOME LOANS

Ten more mortgage myths to bust

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Mark Bouris Informed borrowers make better choices, so here are another 10 mortgage myths we can bust:

SHARE RACE

Keeping the day job for now as cheery sharemarket boosts returns

David Potts Every dog has its day and one mutt couldn't be happier halfway through the shares race.

HOT STOCK

Trade Me a pay-off for the patient

Trade Me.

Brian Han The interim results of New Zealand's leading online company show a set of numbers weighed down by the current reinvestment strategy.