Share Market

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Spread yourself out, but not too thinly

Richard Livingston Diversification is about minimising the impact of luck and improving the odds of getting an outcome closer to what you expect.

UNDER THE RADAR

Why bother with gold stocks?

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Richards Hemming There are opportunities to make big money in the yellow metal sector.

MONEY LESSONS

ASX game gives students a taste of trading

ASX

Tony Hunter Long running game lets first-timers become familiar with the basics of investing in the sharemarket.

HOT STOCK

QBE takes a hit, but could be good value

Fight back: The foundations exist for a successful turnaround for QBE.

Greg Smith The market recognises that QBE stock still trades at a discount to peers, reports Greg Smith.

THE CHARTIST

Fifth wave might see gold hit some higher heights

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Rod Myer There is talk among the enthusiasts about a significant change in the yellow metal’s fortunes.

IPOs

Shot in arm for health sector

Good investment: Private healthcare companies are  popular with fund managers.

David Potts A rush from investors for the Healthscope float has many hoping that Medibank will follow suit

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six good things that happen to great businesses

Going up: The six issues here are pointers to a company that will thrive in the good times and the not so good times.

Nathan Bell When it comes to investing in the sharemarket, solidly dependable companies are an important cornerstone of that strategy.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Almost time to buy miners as sector enters epic war of attrition

Stacked steel: but demand in China is falling.

David Llewellyn-Smith The price of iron ore is down. Is this an opportunity for investors?

THE CHARTIST

Wall Street charges on - but are US stocks marching into bubble territory?

ABOUT TO BURST? :The United States stock market has seen plenty of action since the darkest days of the global financial crisis.

Rod Myer Recent weakness on the US stock market and the effects of quantitative easing have investors asking whether the US equity markets are moving into the danger zone.

SHARE RACE

Boart Longyear leaps to the top

David Potts In a surprise turnaround, the race’s worst stock is now top of the pops.

UNDER THE RADAR

Yowie to break into US market

Going global: Yowie will be stocked by a US convenience chain from August.

Richard Hemming The size of the North American market means CEO Wayne Loxton's plans for growth look promising.

REPORTING SEASON

Season of the what, why and which

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Barbara Drury Companies are in reporting mode - so what should investors look out for?

INVESTING

Low interest rates a boost to shares

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Daryl Dixon As the US sharemarket hits its straps, local shares are not proving nearly so buoyant.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The many challenges of ethical stock picking

Invest no evil: There is a lot to consider when taking an ethical investment approach.

John Addis You might think choosing local stocks that "aren’t evil" is a good thing, but what's the point of paying more to get poor performance?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Shares fall out of favour as property bubbles merrily

Flush investments: Is your money going down the drain? Think carefully about where you invest.

Marcus Padley We need something new to talk about because the current offering is hard to sell.

THE CHARTIST

As gold fades, Northern Star shines brightly

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Rod Myer Northern Star has risen strongly during the past year.

HOT STOCK

Astro rides revival of Japanese property prices

A little thaw: The ice  is starting to crack around Japan's frozen property market, and Astro offers Australian investors a way in.

Greg Smith Metropolitan Japanese property looks to be on the right track after more than two decades of decline, with tenancy rates in prime properties high and an increasing number of buyers looking at...

UNDER THE RADAR

Property player hopes to exploit agent anger

Competition: The online market for 'eyeballs' in real estate is heating up.

Richard Hemming Online competitor Onthehouse is attracting 'eyeballs', because it offers data on properties which aren't listed.

HOT STOCK

Silver Chef expects net profits for 2014

Cooking with gas: Silver Chef's profit after tax could be at the upper end of the guidance range.

Greg Smith It's worth having a look at this small business equipment financier.

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Want big returns? Go global

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David Potts With a fall in the dollar expected, the US and Europe are the places to invest.