Share Market

INVESTING

Telstra buy back good news for some

Daryl Dixon Which way will you go?

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Confidence: Marcus Moufarrige and Alf Moufarrige of Servcorp at the office in Sydney.

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

HOT STOCK

BHP is priced for growth

Juggernaut: The mining company is driving costs down.

David Lennox Miner's proposed demerger may become a key plank in driving better returns from the company’s assets.

Communications

Tidy profit for DIY funds with Telstra shares

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John Collett The Telsta buy-back could be very rewarding for some shareholders.

SHARES RACE

Toro, Poseidon Nickel prove stellar in share race

Up and over: Good decision making  and a steely resolve are part of the share tipping race.

David Potts Modesty aside, our writer records his stellar success in the first week of the share tipping race.

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.

IPOs

Medibank a short-term shot

Good tidings: Christmas could be coming early for investors who participate in the sharemarket listing of Medibank Private.

John Collett Demand is high and if some past floats are a guide, there could be a windfall in the offing.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Healthy demand likely to buoy Medibank float

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Nathan Bell It's likely to be reasonably priced and the long-term prospects are good.

GETTING STARTED

Don't rush in to Medibank float

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David Potts Hold your horses if you're thinking about the Medibank Private float.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's the best way to take advantage of Telstra buyback?

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George Cochrane Should I participate in the share buyback scheme being offered by Telstra?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The seven deadly money sins

Bad habits: It only takes a bit of self-discipline to regain control of your financial affairs.

Scott Phillips Doing the right thing is only half the battle, you need to avoid doing the wrong things, too.

UNDER THE RADAR

Community backlash could scupper Tassal's expansion

Salmon - tasty and healthy but not necessarily a good investment.

Richard Hemming Salmon harvester Tassal has seen it's stock fall about 12 per cent in the past month.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Invest time wisely to help your children reap the rewards

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Marcus Padley It's a subtle art talking to kids, whether about finance or life in general; it's not about telling them what to do, it's about telling them stories.

ASSET CHECK

After Telstra, the gloss could be rubbing off big share buybacks

Buyback: Telestra results disappointing.

Daryl Dixon The Telstra buyback disappointed many, and serves as a timely warning for investors of the potential risks as well as the benefits of accepting seemingly attractive offers.

ASSET CHECK

Unsettling time for investors

Volatility is likely to be much higher in international sharemarkets.

Daryl Dixon The good times for superannuation fund and other share investors may have come to an end.

ASK NOEL

How can I get my home dream to fly?

Dreams of a home

Noel Whittaker I'm 23 and want to own my own home. What's my best long-term strategy?

ASSET CHECK

Investing outlook not necessarily brighter

Outlook: Change not  necessarily for the better.

Daryl Dixon The recent sharp rebound in world share markets does not automatically mean that better times lie ahead

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.

FLOATS

Share floats a bonanza for shareholders

Capital investment: Floats valued at $14 billion have been offered to the public in the last 12 months.

John Collett The past 12 months or so have seen a record number of floats on the sharemarket.