Share Market

How to invest in gold

Barbara Drury Only a decade ago, investors in gold were limited to bars, coins, jewellery or shares in goldmining companies.

A contrarian’s delight

Barbara Drury Dominic McCormick is willing to put his neck on the line and declare that gold stocks are one of the best contrarian investments currently on offer.

Zuckerberg's nemeses revealed as Bitcoin moguls

Cameron (L) and Tyler (R) Winklevoss, founders of social networking website ConnectU, leave the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco to attend a court hearing in a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. and its founder Mark Zuckerberg on January 11, 2011 in San Francisco.      AFP PHOTO/Kimihiro Hoshino

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have been many things in a short time: Olympic rowers. Nemeses of Mark Zuckerberg. Characters on The Simpsons. Now they can add a new label: bitcoin moguls.

Hot stock: Incitec Pivot


Greg Smith The underlying drivers of Incitec Pivot, a global fertiliser and explosives producer, have been erratic in recent months.

When it comes to stocks, who finishes first?

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John Addis Men might find it hard to swallow but women are better at investing than men and there's lots of evidence to prove it.

Quirky Investments

Crime pays for bidders

Cartier Diamond Ring

Quirky Investments It seems to be common these days for police departments to promote their crime-fighting prowess by displaying the proceeds of crime, as they are usually described on television news.

Under the Radar

New thinking on value of old

Richard Hemming For investors ''old'' versus ''new'' media shouldn't matter. Many argue about the decline and decline of ''old media'' and the rise and rise of ''new media'', but Geoff Wilson of Wilson Asset...

Home help has strings attached

Model of house

Most young people struggle to buy their first home. It has never been easy but over the past decade, the big increase in property values has made it particularly hard.

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Property becalmed as financial storms rage

The fallout from overseas tempests mean values here aren't going anywhere fast, writes David Potts.

Reaping the harvest

Food prices are about to take off again but you don't have to starve to get the better of them.

Sweet relief at hand

bear with honey

John Collett Share investors are faced with a conundrum. There's the emotional tug that says switch out of shares and share-based managed funds and go into the safety of cash.

Hot stock: Woodside


Hot Stock As the Woodside Donaldson LNG ship sailed out of the Burrup Peninsula in May this year, the $15-billion Pluto LNG project came alive.

Insight: reporting season

Clancy Yeates

Clancy Yeates Once again, shareholders are being told to buckle up.

Switch to safety worked


Annette Sampson Spare a thought for investors in pension products. While all super fund members copped a flogging during the global financial crisis, pension fund investors don't have the luxury of being able to...

Insight: earnings season

Gareth Hutchens

Insight This time last year, when Australia's big companies opened their books for their annual inspection by shareholders, investors responded in a brutal way.

Hot stock: BHP


Greg Fraser To dig an enormous hole in South Australia, or not to dig? That is the question for the BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers.

David Potts

Speed trading threatens Terminator event

David Potts

David Potts 'Dark pools' sounds like something particles whizzing around the Hadron Collider at almost the speed of light might find.

Lower your expectations and get rich slowly


Marcus Padley It has been an incredible three decades of asset speculation and price appreciation - in both shares and property.

Insight: Super returns

Clancy Yeates Whenever sharemarkets nosedive, the superannuation industry comes out with a familiar refrain.

Firm grasp on reality


Annette Sampson How much of my money should I keep in cash? That's the most common question many financial advisers are hearing as investors struggle in the uncertain economic environment.