Share Market

GROWING MONEY

Claw back value by buying into banks

David Potts Another record profit from the Commonwealth Bank, should put the rate cut in perspective.

THE CHARTIST

Gold revival looking shaky

Rod Myer It's been a tough few months for Newcrest. Not only has the gold price been on the skids but the goldminer has been releasing bad news.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Insight comes from 30-minute peek at company reports

Nathan Bell Here's how to get the nuts and bolts out of a company's result in half-an-hour.

UNDER THE RADAR

Dollar excites a sector, but for some it's the pits

Richard Hemming A reason for the gold fraternity's recent optimism would definitely be that the weakening Australian dollar has put a bonfire under gold stocks.

HOT STOCK

Smaller packager delivers good news

Brian Han What investors can look for after Amcor's demerger of its packaging business.

INSIGHT

Big banks think small

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Clancy Yeates Although we love complaining about the big banks, satisfaction with them has climbed to almost 80 per cent

ELECTION

Investors praying for Abbott victory

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Adam Haigh US markets are soaring, but for the first time in more than a decade Australian stocks aren't keeping pace. A Coalition victory would, investors say, change all that.

RESULTS SEASON

Biggest-ever profit? Priceless

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John Collett Commonwealth Bank's 800,000 shareholders were pleasantly surprised by the bank's 10 per cent increase in full-year profit announced on Wednesday.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Swollen books put a squeeze on business

Nathan Bell Even if we exclude crazy acquisitions and other corporate excesses, all companies need to keep some money back for investment.

BELOW THE LINE

Time to come to terms

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David Potts Having fled the sharemarket after it crashed for the safety of term deposits, many retirees are suffering a financial death by a thousand cuts.

HOT STOCK

Telstra is ready to dial up future

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Greg Smith Telstra recently reported another solid set of results, and declared a 14 cent dividend. Is it worth buying?

THE CHARTIST

Small bank, big potential

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Rod Myer The big banks are powering ahead, but there are interesting opportunities in some of the smaller players, including Bendigo and Adelaide.

UNDER THE RADAR

Making it big in small caps

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Richard Hemming Investing for youself can bring big rewards but you have to be wary, especially if you put your money into small companies.

DRUG DEALS

Drug deals can go wrong, investors told

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Zeke Faux US regulators issue a warning to small investors about listed companies involved in the sale of legalised marijuana.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Beware the pitfalls of dividend stripping

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Marcus Padley To succeed at dividend stripping you really need to be buying quality stocks you are happy to hold, that are trending up, in a rising market, that just happen to be going ex-dividend as well.

RESULTS SEASON

A new climate of profitability

Seasons changing.

John Collett Following a challenging couple of years, major insurers IAG, Suncorp and QBE are now showing signs of strength.

HOT STOCK

A niche little earner in tight telco market

Brian Han For the 11th consecutive year, Amcom has delivered 20 per cent-plus growth in underlying earnings.

UNDER THE RADAR

Growth the lure in going offshore

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Richard Hemming Buying international equities via exchange-traded funds could be manna from heaven for SMSFs, which are looking to reduce their costs.

FAT FINGER

Typo slices 99% off Israeli company shares

Richard Evans Investors in an Israeli company had an unpleasant shock when their shares lost 99 per cent of their value because of a trader's typing error.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Beware the Well Known Fact

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Nathan Bell History shows that "common knowledge" often comes before the fall.