Share Market

SHORT CHANGE

A leg of briefs

Clothing and entertainment: Choice says households are being forced to spend less.

John Potts Budgeting? ASIC has an app for that.

HOT STOCK

Qantas circling inflection point

Robust capital position: Domestically Qantas stands in a good position to maintain, if not increase, market share.

Greg Smith After suffering severe headwinds for many years it looks like the carrier is set for some clearer air.

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.

Bouris on Money

Ten ways to read the economy

Big picture: Understand the economy before you make major financial decisions.

Mark Bouris When you make financial decisions outside your normal expertise you’ll need to understand the broader economy.

Gauging the risks with financial investments

Risk adviser.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to be aware of the possibility of volatility and the need to be able, and willing, to sit out price declines.

SHARES RACE

Toro, Poseidon Nickel prove stellar in share race

David Potts Modesty aside, our writer records his stellar success in the first week of the share tipping race.

Communications

Tidy profit for DIY funds with Telstra shares

Pink Telstra logo

John Collett The Telsta buy-back could be very rewarding for some shareholders.

HOT STOCK

BHP is priced for growth

Juggernaut: The mining company is driving costs down.

David Lennox Miner's proposed demerger may become a key plank in driving better returns from the company’s assets.

INVESTING

Dividend fountain set to keep on spouting

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David Potts Payouts aren't up a great deal - bar a few spectacular exceptions - but more companies are paying them.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

When do hard assets offer real value?

Hot and cold: All that melts is not gold, the unfortunate tale of BlueScope.

Nathan Bell A company values hard assets on its balance sheet. But how accurate is that figure when the ''for sale'' signs are out?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Property investing not a good fit for all

Marcus Padley It is not one or the other when weighing up the benefits of either share or property investments.

GETTING STARTED

High rate offer for savers may not be the PERL it seems

It's a pearler: Or a capital note.

David Potts it would be a big mistake to think that a bank hybrid, let alone the stock, is as safe as a government-guaranteed term deposit

SHARES RACE

Wafer-thin speakers a sound investment in stock race

David Potts All of our players are ahead of the board except for one, whose stars appear to be out of alignment writes David Potts.

INVESTING

Never mind the profit outlook, feel the dividends

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Even as the dividends flowed something was missing from this year's profit reports, and perhaps more remarkably, nobody noticed.

Shares race: Potts falters, Dartboard in pole position

David Potts He's second to last in the shares race, but David Potts sees encouraging signs in the market.

DIVIDENDS

Investors will be rolling in it

Higher dividends from the big companies means an increase in wealth for many canny Australians.

John Collett With big companies returning sizeable increases in returns it's good times for income-seeking shareholders

GET RICH, QUICK

Five secrets to getting rich

In the money: How to get rich is simple if you know the secrets.

Alexandra Cain Small changes can lead to big increases in how much your investments return, writes Alexandra Cain.

HOT STOCK

HUB24's $2m move for Paragem makes it even more attractive

Good planning: Paragem will boost HUB24's funds under administration.

Greg Smith The listed investment platform firm HUB24 has announced that that it is buying independently owned financial planning licensee Paragem for $2 million.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Time to sell down the banks

Exposed: The banks might be too big to fail but in the event of a crash only the depositors are protected, not the shareholders.

Nathan Bell Bank stocks are masquerading as the market's miracle-makers but are far riskier than most investors appreciate.

INSIGHT

Big banks no longer the leaders

Dimmed: the big four banks are facing fresh headwinds.

Clancy Yeates Over the past four months or so, the banks have lagged the broader market. What's going on?