Share Market

HOT STOCK

Suncorp steadies ship for investors

Greg Smith Technology initiatives, stripping out costs and divesting the non-core bank division have helped restore the insurer's fortunes.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six questions for your financial planner

Compromised? Ask the right questions to see whether you're getting independent advice.

John Addis OPINION Most investors need reliable financial advice. The problem is in finding it.

UNDER THE RADAR

Of small telcos and big gorillas

Positive connection: Nobody really knows what the NBN will mean for them.

Richard Hemming Junior telecommunications stocks have had a great run. There are signs that might change.

SHARE RACE

Chartist leaps in front to move from first to last

Vanessa Desloires Depending who you talk to, picking winners in the stock market can either be a delicate science of educated guessing, or something written in the stars.

INSIGHT

Low interest rates likely to keep high-yielding shares in favour

Clancy Yeates Low interest rates have put a rocket under share prices this financial year. The search for yield is likely to continue in 2014-15.

GETTING STARTED

Starting your own business could be the best investment of all

Melissa Browne The financial reward of your own business is worth considering when deciding how to grow your money.

THE CHARTIST

Flight Centre faces heavy weather

Rod Myer The manner of Flight Centre's descent from crusing altitude gives some clues as to its future direction.

HOT STOCK

Woodside is well worth weighing up

David Lennox Improved investor appetite and a good energy price outlook are among the bright spots for Woodside Petroleum.

UNDER THE RADAR

US hedge funds pump up LNG

Richard Hemming The Liquefied Natural Gas share price has risen sharply. So what is the attraction to US investors?

HOT STOCK

Good returns: Telecom New Zealand

Telecom.

Greg Smith It's hard to fault the company's strategy of investment in 4G and the growth opportunities available in data, digital, cloud-based and mobile operations.

Small companies are doing it tougher

Rod Myer Underlying movements in sharemarket indices can tell an interesting story about the state of the economy.

GETTING STARTED

The enigma of Westfield ownership

David Potts Next time you pop into a Westfield, think who owns it. The Lowys? That’s what I would have said, too.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

iSentia's share price is a fragile flower

Nathan Bell Above the float price, there's already a good argument to take profits and get out.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Digging for bargains in the rubble

Nathan Bell Four filters to help you spot mining services stocks with potential.

THE CHARTIST

BlueScope has a pulse after tough times

Steel

Rod Myer Its shares once traded at dizzying heights before plummeting. But it looks like the little Aussie battler is back.

DIVIDENDS

Bank dividends are too good to be true

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Chasing bank dividends has been a strategy that has paid in spades.

INVESTING

Mixing it up key to success

Penny Pryor dinkus.

Penny Pryor Spread the risks, and always understand what you are investing in.

HOT STOCK

Litigation funder steps up growth

Greg Smith We regard commercial litigation funder Bentham IMF as an interesting opportunity.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Self-managed funds no walk in wonderland

John Addis Advisory websites sell self-managed super funds as tax benefit nirvana, offering the chance to ''boost your returns''.

HOT STOCK

Westpac outperforms bank peers

Greg Smith Westpac recently delivered another solid set of numbers.