Share Market

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.

Share collapse or just a correction? Jury is still out

It looks as if markets could be building a floor, though the volatility is expected to continue

John Collett Global economic fears and the Ebola scare have and sent Australia's shares tumbling. But some experts can see an upside.

HOT STOCK

Bentham IMF Wivenhoe Dam case set to open litigation floodgates

Wivenhoe Dam, Brisbane, litigation case is being funded by Bentham IMF.

Greg Smith Bentham IMF are on the rise, with Wivenhoe Dam expected to be its biggest funded case to date. But are they worth investing in?

BLACK GOLD

Oil price fall spells bowser bargains

Refinement: More efficient fuel use and fracking means the US is no longer the world's biggest importer of crude.

David Potts Supply outstripping demand – who would have guessed we would have too much oil?

ASK NOEL

Is our borrowing to invest plan a wise one?

 

Noel Whittaker Should a couple put money into managed funds and use the income to pay down their mortgage?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Run with the herd - and get trampled

Ditch the herd mentality: Right now the herd is frightfully skittish and there's no clearer example than the share market.

Scott Phillips Evolution taught us to follow the herd. But the herd is often wrong.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Don't wait to be waited on, go find out for yourself

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Marcus Padley Having the edge on the share market is not about having the information that affects a share price, it's about handling that information more efficiently.

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.

HOT STOCK

Mt Carlton main driver as Evolution Mining digs deep

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

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Airlines, steelmakers show woes of diversification

Be careful: Buying shares in a company just to gain exposure to a certain sector, such as mining services, doesn't make sense.

Nathan Bell Is buying a stock to improve your portfolio diversification a sensible idea?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Why you need us looking after your trades

Marcus Padley Brokers don't come free, but think about the wealth of information and expertise you get in return.

ASK NOEL

Rental income a taxing issue

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Noel Whittaker We own a townhouse, which is rented at $450 a week. We're off to Europe for 12 months - what are our tax obligations?

Africa's 'most exciting' new iron ore project (it's not Simandou)

Tawana Resources.

Richard Hemming A new development south of Rio Tinto is close to infrastructure

Bond basics: safer yields outside the sharemarket

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris When interest rates are as low as they are right now, two things happen.

HOT STOCK

Good returns: Telecom New Zealand

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Greg Smith It's hard to fault the company's strategy of investment in 4G and the growth opportunities available in data, digital, cloud-based and mobile operations.

Small companies are doing it tougher

Rod Myer Underlying movements in sharemarket indices can tell an interesting story about the state of the economy.

GETTING STARTED

The enigma of Westfield ownership

David Potts Next time you pop into a Westfield, think who owns it. The Lowys? That’s what I would have said, too.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

iSentia's share price is a fragile flower

Nathan Bell Above the float price, there's already a good argument to take profits and get out.

HOT STOCK

Suncorp steadies ship for investors

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Greg Smith Technology initiatives, stripping out costs and divesting the non-core bank division have helped restore the insurer's fortunes.