Share Market

THE CHARTIST

Fibonacci analysis shows Wall Street's bullish run could break records

Rod Myer Combining time and distance magnitudes with Fibonacci number retracements gives an indication of where the US market will head in coming weeks.

SMART INVESTOR

Make 2014 a year of expanded horizons

 

Brendan Swift Australian investors are sitting pretty as the calendar year draws to a close, thanks to stellar returns from residential property and equities.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

20 simple steps to a share trading fortune

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Marcus Padley Here, condensed into a few easy-to-digest dot points, is all you need to know about the sharemarket.

HOT STOCK

Greencross credentials can only get stronger with merger

Greg Smith It's not just the proposed Petbarn tie-up that makes veterinery services provider worth a punt.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Game changer in decision to opt for SMSF

Superannuation choices

Richard Livingston It makes sense to control your own super fund if you limit your costs to 1 per cent.

BUGS ARE BACK

Still lots of reasons to hold gold

John Ficenec The market price of gold might have fallen but hoarding it is approaching record levels.

FUNNY MONEY

Bitcoin: a digital puzzle with currency

Andrew Tangel and Chris O'Brien Though still far from the mainstream and too complex for the average consumer, Bitcoin has grown well past its roots as the plaything of anarchists and hackers.

RESOLUTIONS

12 ways to invest better in 2014

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Richard Evans The bad habits you need to kick and the good ones you need to acquire for your finances to flourish in the New Year.

INVESTING

Classic cars and watches give best returns

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Ben Martin For those investors able to afford them, classic cars and watches, rather than traditional stock markets, are where the most impressive returns can be found.

ASK NOEL

Share trust better than risky rental

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Noel Whittaker I'm 26, with $150,000 in savings. Property in Budapest is cheap but would buying there be a good way to use my money?

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Renewed taste for risk among wealthy investors

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Katherine Jimenez Like many high net worth investors, Gerry Harvey is looking to move beyond the 'safe stuff'.

HOT STOCK

Incitec Pivot looks to be on fertile ground

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Greg Smith Fertiliser maker is set to bloom as global demand for food keeps on growing.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What should your market portfolio look like?

Nathan Bell Diversification might be desirable but it's wise to let value drive your buying decisions.

GETTING STARTED

Study big picture not bottom line

Gareth Hutchens What is the state of Australian employment? Not that great, but it's not that bad either.

FURTHER AFIELD

Offshore paydays loom in bourse boom

Katherine Jimenez Offshore stocks have provided Aussie investors with some of the strongest returns seen in years - a trend that's set to continue in 2014

ASK NOEL

Bigger lump sum or decent pension?

Noel Whittaker What's the best pension plan with a big mortgage but a bad history of handling lump sums?

UNDER THE RADAR

Acts of Rudd threaten to smite markets mightily

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Richard Hemming As the McMillan Shakespeare car-wreck proves, changes in policy - or changes in government - can be very bad news.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Lies, damn lies and investing

Richard Livingston There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Nowhere does it apply more than the world of investing and finance.

BUBBLES

Investors piling into Hong Kong taxis

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Emma Bi and Sheridan Prasso With Hong Kong's sharemarket and property market flagging, investors are pouring their money into taxi licences, fueling talk of a bubble.

HOT STOCKS

James Hardie solid despite US housing fears

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Brian Han Building products maker is one of the ASX-listed companies that is most leveraged to the US housing recovery.