Share Market

THE 'HONEST BROKER'

Face it: you are never going to be Warren Buffett

Marcus Padley There are numerous ways to approach the glorious game of stock picking, but there is no Holy Grail.

UNDER THE RADAR

Biotechs are the new miners

Rising star ... Sirtex.

Richard Hemming Sirtex Medical is the rising star of listed biotechnology companies.

HOT STOCK

QBE's woes continue

QBE

Greg Smith Insurer misses its target; reports loss. So are its troubles over?

INVESTING

Government should act on high-frequency trading

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Richard Livingston A new book means all the world is talking about HFT - everyone it seems but the people who should be talking about it.

THE CHARTIST

BlueScope has a pulse after tough times

Steel

Rod Myer Its shares once traded at dizzying heights before plummeting. But it looks like the little Aussie battler is back.

HOT STOCK

Westpac outperforms bank peers

Westpac.

Greg Smith Westpac recently delivered another solid set of numbers.

UNDER THE RADAR

Golden opportunities as assets swap apace

Gold.

Richard Hemming Assets are swapping at a rate of knots in the gold sector as companies that desperately need cash sell to companies that have cash.

THE CHARTIST

Bank of Queensland delicately placed

Bank of Queensland.

Rod Myer Bank of Queensland is a significant second-tier bank, trading well below its pre-GFC highs.

HOT STOCK

Greencross, for the love of Fido

For the love of Fido.

Greg Smith Australia has one of the world's highest rates of pet ownership, and hopes are high for one petcare company.

GETTING STARTED

VIX in the mix: calm before a share storm?

Brace yourself: sharemarkets could be in for a rocky ride.

David Potts Financial advisers are always harping on about the trade-off between reward and risk.

Bank valuations defy China risks

Australian banks might be vulnerable when China's growth slides.

Nathan Bell Bank investors facing a stark reality: either Chinese banks are a bargain or Australian bank shareholders need to prepare for tougher times.

HOT STOCK

IOOF strikes again, but should you buy?

IOOF.

Greg Smith IOOF's latest acquisition will make it the third largest financial advice business in Australia.

UNDER THE RADAR

Fairer sailing for the good ship Austal

The Austal MRV: one of the vessels built by the company.

Richard Hemming The Austal ship has righted itself. Now all we need are the dividends to lighten the ballast.

THE CHARTIST

Iron ore drops Fortescue price and Andrew Forrest's fortune

Andrew Forrest.

Rod Myer Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group is a hostage to the iron ore price.

INVESTING

Share sizzle going to a simmer

Share sizzle going to a simmer.

John Collett Investor returns have been spectacular for the past two years. But fund managers say the new financial year won't burn so brightly.

UNDER THE RADAR

Wealth managers are riding the wave of prosperity

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Richard Hemming It pays to listen to some good advice, especially about investing in a perfect mechanism for making super profits.

INVESTING

Telstra buy back good news for some

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Daryl Dixon Which way will you go?

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 We’ve all become excited about a company after too little research. We’ve told ourselves the stock is set to double – nay, triple – once the market understands it.

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.

SHARES RACE

Shares race: dartboard takes lead in four-week race

David Potts Random picks by the dartboard were the best result after the first week of a month-long shares race.