Share Market

HOT STOCKS

Early days for a new player

Brian Han The New South Wales state government has invited Crown Limited to move to closer towards its proposed six-star hotel in Sydney.

HOT STOCKS

Kiwi player shines

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Brian Han Trade Me dominates the New Zealand digital landscape with an unassailable online leadership position in auctions, as well as property and automotive classifieds.

HOT STOCK

Boral set to cement its position

Brian Han Industry-wide gloom is masking what is a strong cyclical play with a healthy balance sheet.

THE CHARTIST

Footsie's big step forward

Rod Myer It's been a long time between drinks for the FTSE 100. The Footsie reached a record monthly high of 6977 points during the dot.com bubble in 1999 and has never returned to such heights.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Unless you're rich or love risk, property's door is closed

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Richard Livingston Discussions about residential property often descend into a debate about values. For the record, I think property is overvalued

INVESTING

Fads bad for top fund managers

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John Collett Just like amateur investors, fund managers can be seduced by investment fashions. Data shows that those funds which perform best avoid themes and judge each stock on its merits.

INVESTING

Shares crack whip in funds

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John Collett Market recoveries have made for a very good year for share-based managed funds and their investors.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em

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Marcus Padley Glamorous and well-appointed they may be but Las Vegas' casinos are simple machines for making money from mug punters. The share market is a similar set-up.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Making the most of your mistakes

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Nathan Bell We all make mistakes - even seasoned investors. The key is to learn from them and move on.

THE CHARTIST

Little-fish telco's big swim

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Rod Myer Telco small fry iiNet has been in an uptrend for six months and is moving into an interesting and potentially profitable formation.

MARKET MOVERS

The ballot and the bounce

Keating and Hawke.

John Collett If history is any guide, the sharemarket should get a lift out of the election.

GETTING STARTED

Investors dig healthy returns

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David Potts Mining sector may be losing its boom, but there's still money to be made.

INVESTING

Minor miners in the pits

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John Collett Fund managers and analysts are warning small investors to be careful about investing in small resources stocks.

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.

UNDER THE RADAR

Diagnosis positive for medical advances

Richard Hemming Investors are still punting on explorers, it's just that they're in medical research. Just look at the share prices of Prana Biotechnolog and Nanosonics.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Top traders thrive through eye for detail

Nathan Bell With the market surging and the new tax year well upon us, it's a good time to bring your pruning shears in from the garden and set to work tidying up your portfolio.

THE CHARTIST

Strategies simple as A, B, C

Rod Myer While traders often focus on short-term price moves, we look at the resources sector over the long-term using a yearly chart to paint a picture of underlying market trends.