Share Market

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Beware the 'Helpers' who'll take your money

Scott Phillips Will all that "help'' really make you any better off?

GETTING STARTED

No golden ratio for bricks and mortar

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Buying property used to be a sure profit-making enterprise, but economies are a-changing.

BLUE CHIPS

Investor love drives 'sexy six' to new heights

Share the love, share the profit: The big banks, Telstra and Wesfarmers offer enticing yields.

John Collett The big four banks, Telstra and Wesfarmers are all the rage, but are these companies being loved too much?

BANK WATCH

You can always bank on the banks

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts If the banks can dispense ever bigger dividends when the economy is slowing, imagine what they could do when it picks up.

SHARES RACE

Leaders put their foot on the gas as finish line approaches

Full steam ahead: is it possible we are in a raging bull market?

David Potts With the sharemarket running its longest ever winning stretch, our race's pacesetters are going gangbusters.

SHARES RACE

Share tipsters off to a flyer as market gets boost from fall in oil prices

David Potts Playing it safe gave David Potts a head start in the four week championship round of our share race.

ASSET CHECK

Greek result spells climate change

The election victory of Greece's Syriza party has placed more strain on the stability and growth prospects of the euro block.

Daryl Dixon Investor uncertainty is increasing in the wake of falling commodity prices and interest rates.

LOW RATES

Time to spread the load

If the cash rate is cut, term deposit rates will barely keep pace with inflation.

John Collett If the Reserve Bank cuts interest rates on Tuesday, savers and those living off their savings may need to reconsider their investment options.

GETTING STARTED

Oil's slide means good times for top gold producers

David Potts Most shares are dragging their heels but since late last year gold miners have been going like the clappers.

UNDER THE RADAR

Quickstep's carbon fibre manufacturing technology for military has motoring potential

Soaring opportunity: Quickstep has agreements with Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Richard Hemming One of Australia’s manufacturing success stories is defence, where some small caps are making big gains.

LOOKING FOR YIELD

Blue chips hit highs - but will run last?

Blue chips - we can't get enough of them.

John Collett Rate cut pushes Telstra, Wesfarmers and the big banks to record highs. But experts see a correction on the horizon.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Stark warning: Winter is coming, prepare for the worst

Scott Phillips As sure as night follows day, busts have followed booms since time immemorial. So are you ready for the next recession?

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

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John Collett 5.3 per cent

GETTING STARTED

Stick or twist? The smart move is to sit tight

Better to take the losses in order to win big when things improve.

Sally Patten If the going gets rough, investors should remember one of the key lessons from the GFC.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Predictable predictions for 2015

Time for a bit of foresight for 2015.

Marcus Padley The great thing about the stock market at the end of the year is that you can look back and see everything that you should have known.

GETTING STARTED

Rush into bonds gives shares some added shine

The Japanese are stepping up money printing.

David Potts With bonds offering ultra low and even negative yields dividend paying shares are more attractive to investors. Indispensable even.

HOLIDAY HOMES

Smart investment or just a money pit?

Simply irresistible: Lisa Marquette made a snap decision to purchase her holiday retreat but says she has no regrets.

David Potts Thinking of buying a beach shack or a hideaway in the hills? Take a breath – you could end up with a whole heap of hassle.

INSIGHT

Companies to back in the coming year

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Clancy Yeates Which shares stand to deliver the best returns when growth is soft and interest rates at record lows?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Five stocks to get you started

Shopping list: If you're a new investor, working out which companies to invest in can be a tough decision.

Scott Phillips Want to begin investing? Here's a shortlist of companies to put your money in.

UNDER THE RADAR

Australian gold producers benefit from price rebound and weaker dollar

Gold, fingers: Northern Star's profit margins have gone from somewhere between 0 and $50 an ounce to $250 an ounce.

Richard Hemming With the gold price rebounding from its lows and the dollar weaker, smaller gold producers are running hot.