Share Market

REPORTING SEASON

Season of the what, why and which

Barbara Drury Companies are in reporting mode - so what should investors look out for?

INVESTING

Low interest rates a boost to shares

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Daryl Dixon As the US sharemarket hits its straps, local shares are not proving nearly so buoyant.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The many challenges of ethical stock picking

Invest no evil: There is a lot to consider when taking an ethical investment approach.

John Addis You might think choosing local stocks that "aren’t evil" is a good thing, but what's the point of paying more to get poor performance?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Shares fall out of favour as property bubbles merrily

Flush investments: Is your money going down the drain? Think carefully about where you invest.

Marcus Padley We need something new to talk about because the current offering is hard to sell.

THE CHARTIST

As gold fades, Northern Star shines brightly

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Rod Myer Northern Star has risen strongly during the past year.

HOT STOCK

Astro rides revival of Japanese property prices

A little thaw: The ice  is starting to crack around Japan's frozen property market, and Astro offers Australian investors a way in.

Greg Smith Metropolitan Japanese property looks to be on the right track after more than two decades of decline, with tenancy rates in prime properties high and an increasing number of buyers looking at...

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Spread yourself out, but not too thinly

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Richard Livingston Diversification is about minimising the impact of luck and improving the odds of getting an outcome closer to what you expect.

UNDER THE RADAR

Why bother with gold stocks?

A collection of one kilogram gold bars are seen at London bullion dealers Gold Investments Ltd. in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Gold traders are split on whether bullion will plunge into its first bear market since 2008 as economies improve or rally as central banks buy more debt. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Richards Hemming There are opportunities to make big money in the yellow metal sector.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Before you buy stocks check out why they are being sold

Care bear: Making the bear case before you buy is crucial.

Nathan Bell  

MONEY LESSONS

ASX game gives students a taste of trading

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Tony Hunter Long running game lets first-timers become familiar with the basics of investing in the sharemarket.

HOT STOCK

QBE takes a hit, but could be good value

Fight back: The foundations exist for a successful turnaround for QBE.

Greg Smith The market recognises that QBE stock still trades at a discount to peers, reports Greg Smith.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What next for Telstra?

Tough times ahead: A changing market means Telstra will struggle to find growth.

Nathan Bell This is a business under threat as more companies are linked to the network by competitors’ fibre.

FUNNY MONEY

Bitcoin: a digital puzzle with currency

Andrew Tangel and Chris O'Brien Though still far from the mainstream and too complex for the average consumer, Bitcoin has grown well past its roots as the plaything of anarchists and hackers.

RESOLUTIONS

12 ways to invest better in 2014

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Richard Evans The bad habits you need to kick and the good ones you need to acquire for your finances to flourish in the New Year.

INVESTING

Classic cars and watches give best returns

Tim Burrows with the 1913 Hispano-Suiza that he will be selling at Melbourne classic car auction.
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Ben Martin For those investors able to afford them, classic cars and watches, rather than traditional stock markets, are where the most impressive returns can be found.

ASK NOEL

Share trust better than risky rental

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Noel Whittaker I'm 26, with $150,000 in savings. Property in Budapest is cheap but would buying there be a good way to use my money?

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Renewed taste for risk among wealthy investors

Retailer Gerry Harvey from Harvey Norman. For cover story / interview. BRW Picture by ROB HOMER (NO CAPTION INFORMATION PROVIDED)

Katherine Jimenez Like many high net worth investors, Gerry Harvey is looking to move beyond the 'safe stuff'.

HOT STOCK

Incitec Pivot looks to be on fertile ground

An employee monitors the loading of the fertilizer urea onto a truck at an Incitec Pivot Ltd. distribution center near Geelong, in Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. Incitec Pivot Ltd., Australia's largest fertilizer maker, said first-half profit almost tripled because of higher prices for crop nutrients driven by surging global food demand led by China and India. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg News

Greg Smith Fertiliser maker is set to bloom as global demand for food keeps on growing.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What should your market portfolio look like?

Nathan Bell Diversification might be desirable but it's wise to let value drive your buying decisions.

GETTING STARTED

Study big picture not bottom line

Gareth Hutchens What is the state of Australian employment? Not that great, but it's not that bad either.