Share Market

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The impacts of abolishing franking credits

Nathan Bell Putting aside arguments over the strengths and weaknesses of Australia's dividend imputation system, what would be the impact if it was abolished?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Using shares to top up your pension pot

Investing in the share market isn't a game of chance.

Scott Phillips If you can stomach some volatility, shares could be just the tonic your super needs.

HOT STOCK

Australian Vintage still has plenty to celebrate

Capped: Cash flow at Australian Vintage has been robust enough to enable it to reduce debt.

James Lennon Despite falling off the All Ordinaries, the winemaker is on course to recover from last year's lows.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Leave the nest egg and live on less

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley As sure as nest eggs are nest eggs, we are not in a new paradigm, we are simply in a period of low-interest rates - and it will change.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six signs of a successful acquisition

Nathan Bell Be wary when it comes to takeovers - unless there are excellent strategic and financial reasons why two plus two will equal five.

SELF-DEFENCE

Protection always comes at a price

Erecting barriers against market downturns is not a cost-free exercise.

David Potts  A share fund designed to preserve capital with similar dividend yields to the banks, only cheaper, will list next month.

GETTING STARTED

MYOB keeps its head in the clouds

There are plenty of figures surrounding the float of MYOB.

David Potts The biggest share float since Medibank Private is MYOB, not that you'd know. Even Spotless aroused more passion.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Where to next for the Australian dollar?

It's difficult to create a scenario where the US/Australia comparison doesn't further favour the US in the months and maybe years ahead.

Scott Phillips It's been a bumpy ride, but heading overseas could get more expensive

A MINER BLIP

Down times are suitable for miners

David Potts

David Potts Some insiders say mining stocks have hit the bottom and are ripe for the plucking. Others urge caution.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Sweet lessons from Nutella

The taste and ease of use of Nutella have made it an international hit.

Gaurav Sodhi Michele Ferrero ran his hugely successful business by following the maxim of doing something different and sticking at it.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Building wealth for share-loving investors

Scott Phillips Here’s a way to have your cake and eat it, too.

SUPER & FUNDS

Developers paying brokers for investors’ names

John Collett dinkus Dinkus

John Collett Some off-the-plan property developers are making payments to mortgage brokers in return for sales leads.

INSIGHT

Don't ignore the signs when it comes to yield

Clancy Yeates dinkus Dinkus

Clancy Yeates The house price boom in Australia's two biggest cities is crunching the most immediate source of return for property investors: rental yields.

MONEY'S PROPERTY SPECIAL

Pensioners' poser: nest - or divest?

Many retirees find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place once they try to downsize.

Barbara Drury The garden's too big, there's too many steps to the front door – it's time to move to somewhere smaller. So what's stopping you? Well...

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Short term or long, whichever fits best

Investment choices depends on where you want to park your money.

Marcus Padley Investors should be asking which investment is best suited to their own personal disposition, urgency, risk appetite and personality.

TIP OF THE WEEK

If it's in fashion it'll leave you out of pocket

What's in fashion now can easily fall out of favour.

Michael Hutton Following the latest investment fads can cost you in the long term.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six ways for a girl to get started in investing

It's important to get your children to learn about the value of saving and investing, without scaring them off.

John Addis It's never too early to begin and these tips should help get the ball rolling.

ON THE CREDIT SIDE

Dividend franking gains a reprieve

Money, franking

David Potts Relax. The fact Treasury thought better of mentioning one of the major arguments against franking suggests it's not fussed either way.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Still got some chocolate left? You're in luck

Softie: The ability to delay gratification can put you a step ahead on the investment journey.

Scott Phillips Science proves that the way you treat treats as a kid colours your approach to investment in later life.

HOT STOCK

Australian Bauxite is on a roll with development of Campbell Town mining centre

David Lennox Tasmanian operations are just the start for the aluminium ore producer.