Share Market

Why Dick Smith shareholders lost and private equity won

John Vaz The demise of Dick Smith is a stark reminder of the risks of investing in companies listed by private equity firms without doing careful research.

THE HONEST BROKER

The truth behind courses on how to be a trader

Marcus Padley Everyone wants to make money in the stock market, so you might be interested in the cynical replies of a group of stockbrokers when one of us asked, "What's the best way to lose $10,000 in the stock...

Kickstart 2016 with a financial health check

The new year is a good time to review your money goals.

Kate Jones The new year is an opportunity to reset your money management and build prosperity - like electrician Paul Buhagiar who paid down $26,000 of his home loan last year.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: fearless investing predictions for 2016

Scott Phillips How to prepare for the new year when it comes to your investments.

Five simple trades to get you started with share investment

Betting on teenagers' smartphone use is a good investment strategy.

Scott Phillips If you haven't yet taken the plunge in share investment, maybe 2016 will be the year you start (or restart) your investing journey.

HER MONEY

Four ways to invest your money

Aurora Spa founder Lyndall Mitchell doesn't want the stress of a high-risk investment strategy.

Sally Patten Having the right mix of investments will help you to achieve your financial goals.

THE HONEST BROKER

How to make money from having an opinion and not following the crowd

Come up with investment ideas for 2016 while lying by the pool.

Marcus Padley The neighbours turned on their Christmas lights last weekend, where did the year go?

TIP OF THE WEEK

Tip of the Week: How to create wealth outside your job

Michael Hutton Your level of income is important in generating wealth but equally, if not more, important is what you do with your income to create wealth. 

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Atlassian's $5b IPO among the biggest US tech floats in 2015

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes (left) and Scott Farquhar posing for a BRW cover in 2012.

Scott Phillips Scott Phillips from The Motley Fool runs the rule over the massive float of Australian tech company Atlassian on NASDAQ and whether it's a good investment now.

BASIC TRAINING

Giving back: how to make charity a regular part of life

The Red Shield Appeal is a major fundraising drive for the Salvation Army.

Larissa Ham For many people giving is part of Christmas, but the world's problems don't disappear when the tinsel is store away. How can you do your bit year-round without breaking the bank?

HOT STOCK

How Nufarm is getting more out of the land

El Nino could affect the returns from agricultural stocks.

Greg Smith Fat Prophets: With the world's land in fixed supply, and agricultural yields in focus, Nufarm's value proposition is high.

GETTING AHEAD

Fintech's advantages: financial technology revolution is a boon for investors

On-Market Bookbuild chief executive officer Ben Bucknell and managing director Tim Eisenhauer at the ASX.

David Potts All we seem to hear about fintech outfits is how they're nibbling away at the banks, but it's what they're doing for investors that I like.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Seven steps to better investment decision making

John Addis We think of ourselves as rational and level-headed but our decisions tend to be emotional and instinctive.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool's investment advice: What went wrong at Woolworths

Woolworths shareholders have plenty to complain about.

Scott Phillips How Woolworths went from flying high to struggling for air.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race: Santa rally postponed as rate double whammy looms

Santa has not brought his good cheer to the sharemarket yet.

David Potts Santa has been delayed, so this year's Christmas seasonal sharemarket rally must wait another week.

INVESTING

Macquarie Bank's new capital notes: the fine print behind the premium

Macquarie Group is kicking off a $400 million hybrid.

David Potts There'll be a rush for Macquarie's new capital notes paying 7.5 per cent but if you miss out you might have the last laugh.

YOUR QUESTIONS

George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

Retirement plans should take account of longer lifespans.

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.

OUTLOOK

Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

Electronics retailer Harvey Norman says sales were up 7.1 per cent in the September quarter.

David Potts If he dropped by one of this week's annual meetings, the Reserve Bank's Glenn Stevens would hear a different story to the official narrative.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Is Lego a better investment than shares or gold?

Lego sets, like the Star Wars Millennium Falcon, can appreciate in value if kept pristine.

James Cockington Earlier this year the Daily Telegraph in the UK reported that Lego has been a better investment over the last 15 years than the stock market, gold or bank accounts.

GETTING AHEAD

Why unlisted trusts offer a second chance property boom

Commercial real estate such as CBD office towers is performing well for investors.

David Potts Listed real estate trusts (REITs) have been quietly going about their businesss of beating the market, though that wouldn't have been hard.