Share Market

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to navigate an AGM

AGM

Nathan Bell You'll get more than a good cup of tea and biscuit for your troubles.

UNDER THE RADAR

Good prospects amidst the dross

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mining

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Richard Hemming It's tough times for investors in mining services but dig deep and there are some diamonds in the rough.

HOT STOCK

Now might be a good time to sell ANZ

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Greg Smith With the bank's stock price at such an elevated level the time has come to lock in some of the massive gains.

SMALL CAPS

Small, but don't toss them back

Illustration: Jamie Smetkowski
Small fry

John Collett If you know where to look, there's opportunities galore in the markets' small fry.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

A (big) four-stock portfolio is quite alluring

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Marcus Padley Putting more money into bank shares is an attractive option for retirees.

INSIGHT

Riding high but it's a risky journey

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Clancy Yeates Some analysts say that after the banks' meteoric rise the capital gains may be reaching their limit.

GETTING SETTLED

Could you manage it all by yourself?

Alex Haddad

Sylvia Pennington Buying an investment property isn't the end of the story. You need to manage it and that can, sometimes, be very tricky.

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HOT STOCK

Time to take it to the bank

Commonwealth Bank.

Greg Smith With Commonwealth Bank shares trading at close to all-time highs, investors should consider taking some profits.

FORECASTS

No science in speculation

Tarot cards could be one way to forecast market movements.

Tom Stevenson The one really predictable thing about predicting the market is that you'll be wrong.

UNDER THE RADAR

Dining out on a hot commodity

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Pic shows Swiss Emmenthal Cheese

Richard Hemming Asia's passion for protein means food is replacing iron ore and coal as the boom commodity.

HOT STOCK

Carsales dominates, but it's no bargain

Hot Stock Solid market performer - up 28 per cent this year - is too pricey to tempt the prudent

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Vital tips for new investors

No more cash prizes

Nathan Bell Think what $10,000 could buy. Holidays? Cars? Coffee galore? It's a lot of money but not a huge sum to invest.

PROFIT OR PROFITEERING

Get rich quick on Syrian conflict? Hold your fire

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James Saft Investors fearing the impact of an attack on Syria ought to start worrying instead about things they can predict and control.

QANTAS

Dividends still up in the air

Plane and rainbow.

John Collett Flying Kangaroo lands a profit but small investors may not be happy.

HOT STOCK

AMP facing headwinds but long-term future looks positive

Greg Smith AMP has delivered growth in all business units apart from its wealth protection division.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Herd mentality only takes you so far

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Wednesday 13 May 2009
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Nathan Bell In the context of human evolution, going along with the consensus has generally been a smart move.

UNDER THE RADAR

Asset price rises lead to recovery in consumer spending

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Richard Hemming Fund managers are piling into property developers and financial services companies to benefit from what they see as the reappearance of the "wealth effect" in the Australian economy, after a hiatus...

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Ratios generous to a fault

Marcus Padley Are higher payout ratios a new culture in the equity market or a fad? Is investing in equities for income a legitimate mindset or an Australian disease?

REPORTING SEASON

Caution starting to pay dividends

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David Potts The bad news was better than expected in the recent reporting season - and the good news was better still.

THE CHARTIST

Poker player shows its hand

Rod Myer Like the track records of the punters eBet's software systems service, the company's on-market performance has been highly volatile.