Share Market

SHARES RACE

Front-runner defies market shocker to end in the black

David Potts A rough week fails to deter our ace.

BANKING ON IT

Buyers beware in banks' stock clearance sales

The Big Four banks are having a clearance sale.

David Potts It might look tempting, but don't rush in to buy.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Is it too late to invest overseas?

Australians wanting to buy Nasdaq technology stocks may find them expensive since the fall in the Aussie dollar.

John Addis For investors looking for international exposure, the obvious question is "have I missed the boat"?

UNDER THE RADAR

Four areas to focus on this reporting season

The reaction to the Commonwealth Bank results shows you can meet expectations, but that's not enough.

Richard Hemming Growth is the key to making money on the stock market and the balance sheet is one place where you can see it.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

At last - the horrible truth about the stock market

Marcus Padley This is how how the share market really works. To the insiders, it's like a car yard.

HOT STOCK

Is NAB set to shine?

Seen by some as the poor relation of the major banks, NAB is poised for big things.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Old 'moats' aren't what they were

Many old

Scott Phillips Disruptors are coming to many more businesses, and the landscape will never look the same.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Platinum Asia calling

Asia, especially China, is being promoted as having great investment opportunities.

James Carlisle New fund offers investors a chance to benefit from the booming economies of our Asian neighbours.

QUIRKY INVESMENTS

Just the ticket for MCC collectors

This membership pass in the form of a ticket, from the 1879/80 season, was the best performer in the Perth auction. It sold for $1700.

James Cockington MCC members badges have a special place in the hearts of sporting memorabilia fans.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Super, pally, is fantastic; fees they are atrocious

Superannuation contributions are kept out of easy reach so we don't give in to the urge to splurge.

Scott Phillips Paying attention to the details is important…

FIRST STEPS

Five ways to make investments pay off

Start small and be conservative in your first foray into portfolio investing.

Richard Livingston  Whether you're using a financial adviser or doing it yourself, these five lessons will help you make money and reduce the risk of losing it.

HOT STOCK

QBE improves its core strength

James Lennon The possibility of higher dividends makes the big insurer quite attractive.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Should we worry about China and Greece?

Long faces on the Chinese sharemarket caused a ripple of worry through our financial system last month. Photo: AP

Scott Phillips We are not immune to financial instability happening on the other side of the globe.

UNDER THE RADAR

Biotech stocks can improve the health of your portfolio

Due to strict rules, only only about 20 new drugs are approved a year in the US.

Richard Hemming What does an investor do in these low-growth times? How about smaller biotechs? You'll need to hold your nerve.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Stripping well adds to BHP's appeal

BHP can control production rates, costs and capital expenditures to a much higher degree than its peers.

Gaurav Sodhi A concentrated focus and smart strategies will help the big miner reward cautious investors.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Here's how to cast off the chains of debt

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Marcus Padley What can the younger generation do to avoid getting trapped by our debt culture?

FULL DISCLOSURE

Companies' progress on parade

Ready for action: the reporting season is likely to show profit results for the past financial year that are much better than some gloomy forecasts.

David Potts Forget the gloomy forecasts - this reporting season may bring some pleasant surprises.

UNDER THE RADAR

Looking beyond profits

Richard Hemming One investor says the key to market success is to look at ugly ducklings before they grow into swans.

HOT STOCK

IOOF storm presents a buying opportunity

James Lennon A tale of questionable workplace practices offers a chance to make some money, too.

ROBOT WORLD

Robo-investing may leave you short-changed

Richard Livingston Like fashion, the investing world has its trends. One of the latest, robo-investing, is "so hot right now".