Share Market

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Ignore the problems – look for the opportunities instead

John Addis Don't let the fear get to you - there are a some big long-term trends running in our favour.

End of seven-year rule brings a new ball game for retirees

Brokers on the floor of the UBS trading room in Sydney.

Craig Racine The seven-year rule used to be a persuasive sales pitch for financial planners. Now it is gone.

What if you assume wrong?

To assume makes an ass of you and me.

Lewis J. Walker We invest our money and make a lot of other life choices based on assumptions. But how do we know they are right?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

A Bonds-led recovery at Pacific Brands?

We may be loyal to Bonds, but don't expect overseas buyers to show quite the same loyalty in the marketplace.

Graham Whitcomb Has PacBrands experienced the turnaround everyone's been waiting for?

GETTING AHEAD

Sustained jobs growth a good sign for investors

The Chinese stockmarket is permanently volatile.

David Potts The sharemarket was in a state well before Greece and China upset the apple cart, even though the economy is growing enough to lift profits.

UNDER THE RADAR

Blooming almonds help Select Harvests flourish

Almonds are a non-dairy source of protein, which consumers can't get enough of.

Richard Hemming Once a victim of the collapse of Timbercorp, Select Harvests has reinvented itself and is riding high again.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Being contrary can make your garden grow

Following the crowd has its risks.

Scott Phillips Being selectively independent and taking a different view when it's prudent to do so is a great strategy to make money.

INVESTING

How to overcome sharemarket trading anxiety

Could a change in thinking lead to more consistent success? Maybe.

David Wilson Forget just focusing on share price, earnings and growth targets. If you want to play the sharemarket successfully, you should go deeper – strive to shift how you think.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Pumped up but Caltex still no star

Caltex altered profile and it paid off.

Guarav Sodhi  Caltex is a far better business than it was two years ago but still not a great one.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Ways to avoid high fees slicing into your investments

Small differences in fees over long periods can add up to a big slice of your money.

Catherine Robson The lower your investment management costs, the better your long-term returns are likely to be.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

How to kick the lights out in the new financial year

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Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley How does last year's performance colour your investment choices for the next 12 months?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Blue chips may be safe but you need to know why you’re being sold them

While blue chips may be the safest way to go, your wallet may not thank you.

Scott Phillips Beware of brokers selling 'quality' stock - the power of incentives can be pervasive.

ON TRACK?

Pick a tracker that doesn't lose the scent

One of the first myths of index investing is that an index fund allows you to

Richard Livingston ETFs (and other index funds) are low-cost, but they're not zero-cost, and fund returns will always lag the market.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

All fired up for live steam sale

OS 5-inch guage live steam Stephenson's Rocket with matching trailer.

James Cockington An upcoming auction of some top end model trains has boys of all ages all steamed up.

INSIGHT

Savers say deposit accounts are best option

Perceived as super-safe: bank deposits topped a recent survey on wise investing.

Clancy Yeates Interest rates on bank deposits are miserable, but apparently the humble savings account is as popular as ever.

UNDER THE RADAR

Onthehouse holds on to its potential but needs a white knight

Onthehouse needs a white knight to come to its rescue.

Richard Hemming Shares in website owner and real estate services group Onthehouse have more than quadrupled since listing in August last year.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Turns out greed not that good after all

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Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley Stockbrokers' child or small European nation - the culture of easy credit has got us all into a world of trouble.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Netflix and the war for the living room

Netflix and its kin are set to upset the pie cart.

Scott Phillips In entertainment, as in most areas of business, it's the disrupters who nearly always win.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Our best resource stock sells … blood

CSL's  plasma therapies are medical necessities.

Graham Witcomb Significant economies of scale, steady growth and a clean balance sheet make CSL one of Australia's best businesses,

MOTLEY FOOL

Shares: What are you really buying?

Scott Phillips Don't let the so-called ''experts'' tell you it's too hard.