Share Market

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting cash to work harder

Mark Bouris You may have missed it, but on Tuesday the RBA kept interest rates on hold. Again

INSIGHT

Big banks are far from bulletproof

Clancy Yeates It's important to remember that the big four would not escape a severe economic slump unscathed.

GETTING STARTED

Ignore the banks' squeals. They can take the pain

No need to panic: So long as banks can find somebody to lend to they will be on a gravy train.

David Potts Despite their objections to the Murray inquiry there's no clear and present danger to bank profits.

Discover smart ways to buy art

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Christine Long Getting a start in buying art doesn’t have to mean having the big bucks at the ready. If you’re determined, there are ways to make it accessible.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Forget Medibank noise and use your head

Laughing all the way to the bank: Finance Minister Mathias Corman at the Medibank share float.

Scott Phillips Why the fuss? Why the rush? It's just hype. And it's all part of the marketing machine.

BIG FLOAT

Clock ticking on Medibank share offer

Take a number, but don't wait too long. You have until midnight to apply for Medibank Private shares.

John Collett You have until midnight to apply for shares in the Medibank Private float and investors who manage to snare some could be looking at an early Christmas present.

SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM

Super funds flex their muscles on executive pay

Grey power: Small shareholders' best bet for influence is through their super funds.

John Collett When it comes to keeping companies to account, small investors have an ally in the big funds.

SHARES RAE

Dartboard winning the shares race with help from red-hot Alexium

David Potts Setting such a blistering pace in our shares race, the dartboard might need some of the fire-proofing that is the speciality of its top pick Alexium.

Your bank holdings under threat

Uncertainty: Inquiry set to trigger a shakeup in the banking industry.

Daryl Dixon Decisions need to be made on the banking industry - the savings of millions of Australians are at stake.

STOCK MARKETS

All white's just right if a bubble's what you're after

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Neil Irwin Racial diversity among stock exchange traders might cut down the chances of big booms and busts.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Investing is easy, and you already know how to do it

Give it a whirl: The good news is that no matter your life experience, financial prowess or your level of self-confidence, you can get started with investing.

Scott Phillips You know more than you think - and more than the 'smart money' does.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

You might think you have a choice, but . . .

All sorts: There maybe lots of lollies to choose from but you won't be offered all of them.

Marcus Padley There are a many products a financial planner could sell you but only a few which they will.

HOT STOCK

Ten weighs options with all to play for

Sending signals: Now that Ten is in play we think what follows will be a hotly contested auction for what is strategically a very valuable asset.

Greg Smith A laggard in many respects, Ten is still a very valuable piece of media real estate.

UNDER THE RADAR

Feast or famine in the world of biotech

Volatile mix: Research in this sector is essential before investment.

Richard Hemming Biotech is a sector where investors can strike it rich. But research is needed.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Small investors can get their fingers burnt

Safe hands: Be wary of companies making placements, particularly when there's no share purchase plan attached.

Nathan Bell Many share issues favour large shareholders over small. How can you tell if you're being short-changed?

HOT STOCK

Good times ahead for winemaker

Producer: Australian Vintage's focus is expected to deliver above average earnings growth over the medium-term.

James Lennon Smart management is expected to put Australian Vintage on an upward trajectory.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Source and story key to sale success

Lot 7. A pair of Chinese gilt-bronze Buddhist guardians. Ming Dynasty. Estimates. $40,000 to $60,000.

James Cockington When fakes and 'copies' abound, being able to establish that you have the genuine article is very important.

WEALTH

He's worth $28b, but is Alibaba boss Jack Ma happy? No

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The world's biggest retailer saw turnover of $9 billion on Tuesday but its boss - China's richest man - says "I'm not very happy".

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Investors in Medibank Private are overpaying for hope

Medibank Private: Must now deliver on its operational promises.

Nathan Bell There is likely to be no easy money in the Medibank Private float right now, Nathan Bell writes.

UNDER THE RADAR

Azure Healthcare's PR blunder a lesson to all small caps

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Richard Hemming Sugar-coating a downgrade might have helped Azure avoid having its share price halved.