Share Market

Taking the blame is part of the deal in financial advice

Marcus Padley Blame comes with the territory in all financial advice. It's why any agent gets paid commission.

Millennials are better with money than I was in my 20s

Millennials are not eschewing property ownership for avocado breakfasts - they're turning to share investment.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons A relative paid my HECS debt when I was 25. I'll always be grateful but if I could turn back time, I would have asked him to teach me how to invest instead.

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SHARES RACE

Front runner increases her lead as tough market conditions continue

John Collett Angie Ellis boosts her lead in the second week of the Shares Race.

How to figure out compound growth in your head using the Rule of 72

The Rule of 72 makes complex calculations easier to do in your head – without an abacus or calculator.

Noel Whittaker You don't have to be a mathematician to use the Rule of 72. It's simple, but once you understand how to use it, you'll wonder how you got by without it.

Motley Fool: Qantas hits the highs … of 2006

Scott Phillips It's been a long flight back from a missed opportunity.

Capitol Health, Vocus, the best of the tips

John Collett Angie Ellis of 80 20 Investments has taken the lead in week one of the new four-week Shares Race.

Why June is a bloody month for under-performing stocks

Capital losses can offset capital gains.

Marcus Padley If you pay capital gains tax, it's worth thinking about selling loss-making stocks to offset the winners.

Noel Whittaker gives his verdict on micro-investment app Acorns

The Acorns app rounds up each purchase you make and stores it in an investment portfolio for you.

Noel Whittaker For years I have been going on about the power of investing small sums of money.

Motley Fool: Australia's most respected companies

Scott Phillips The US list of most respected companies is out. Who would make the cut here?

Experts warn over the The Next Big Thing in ETFs

The next investment trend to hit our shores is

John Collett Are providers being too clever with the latest breed of the funds that use "smart beta" strategies that increase the risks for investors and have fees twice that of vanilla exchange traded funds...

Passive investment beats active management - except when it doesn't

Daryl Dixon For a combination of reasons, index-following managed and exchange traded funds have become increasingly popular with both individual and institutional investors.

Shares Race ends with most contestants under water

John Collett The Shares Race has ended with a whimper, as six of our eight tipsters finished the four-week race with less than their original $100,000.

COMMENT

Lower returns ahead for investors

Daryl Dixon So far, financial year superannuation fund returns have been good with the prospect of double digit returns if world share markets don't tank in June.

Follow the money: how to track when company directors trade shares

When directors buy or sell shares in their companies, they must disclose this to the ASX and it's public information.

Marcus Padley You can't read company directors' minds, but you can track when they buy and sell shares.

What the Moneyball story teaches us about investment

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Does share market investment require a technology-driven approach, or is it not that simple?

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Shares Race tipsters struggle to make headway in lacklustre sharemarket

John Collett Another lacklustre week for the sharemarket has left our tipsters largely treading water in week three of the four-week Shares Race.

Crowdfunding is a force for good, but it's not like going shopping

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Crowdfunding platforms democratise the funding of good ideas, but supporters need to go in with their eyes open.

SHARES RACE

Fairfax Media best pick of the week as bidding war hots up

John Collett Our tipsters are left in the red in week two of the four-week Shares Race, following the midweek sell-off on Australian and global sharemarkets.

Most investors are too focused on tax rather than fundamentals

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker There is anecdotal evidence that regulatory measures and budget proposals are having an effect on the housing market, which is a sad reflection on the mentality of the average property investor.

'Trading shares is now a poor man's game': how ETFs let you time asset allocation

Marcus Padley The popularity of exchange-traded funds is overstated in Australia, but they play an important role.

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