Share Market

UNDER THE RADAR

Often overlooked, micro caps are offering value

Richard Hemming Many small companies are trading below their book value - making them prime targets for investors seeking a bargain.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Be prudent and don't take the market at face value

Nathan Bell Done well, value investing is a successful, safe way to invest, but there are hazards to avoid. Here are five mistakes prevalent in investing.

GETTING STARTED

Sun rises once more on Japan

Penny Pryor Spending 10 days in Japan gives one a good overview of what they call ''Abenomics'' and its impact.

HOLIDAY MONEY

Foreign investments can help as the Aussie falls

Australian dollar

Richard Livingston It's important to give your portfolio some international flavour to make sure you don't have too many eggs in the Australian basket.

ECONOMY

Doom and gloom spoil the holiday

David Potts

David Potts Goodness, remind me not to go on holidays again. It seems a lot can happen in a month.

STOCKS

Time to rethink the strategy

Stock exchange with sign.

John Collett Stocks with big yields offer attractive returns, but chasing them exclusively risks missing opportunity elsewhere.

SHARES SLIDE

Picking winners in the gloom

ASX. Inside the foyer of The Australian Stock Exchange and a day when the all ordinaries took a plunge. Here a man watches the stock board. 7 January 2008. AFR Photo by Andrew Quilty. SPECIALX 77358

John Collett With Australian shares tumbling, where can small investors put their money?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Following the herd not the way to go

A herd of four cattle puppets invaded the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne to protest against the Alpine Grazing trial and remove cattle permanently from the Alpine National Park in the Victorian Highlands.
Picture by Paul Rovere / THE AGE
22 March 2011

Nathan Bell I have my investing style and you have yours. Over time, through patience, experience, expense and consideration, we all establish a path appropriate to our individual psychology and means.

GETTING STARTED

Bernanke speaks and we all tremble

Ben Bernanke.

David Potts Wall Street threw a wobbly when Ben Bernanke, head of the Fed, said he might ease off with money printing next year

HOT STOCK

4WD bullbar maker on track

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BULL BARS ON CARS, FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVES / 4WDs, 4WD and utility trucks.

Hot Stock ARB is firmly on track to meet consensus expectations of another year of strong double-digit earnings growth.

POTTS SPOT

Bonds offer investors quantum of solace

David Potts The bond market is better at telling where the economy is going than the sharemarket, which can be easily distracted.

HOT STOCK

This roller-coaster ride is on the way up

Hot Stock Theme park operator Ardent Leisure is on moving upward.

GETTING STARTED

The curse of predicting currency fluctuations

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David Potts Nobody can know for sure where the dollar is going, let alone when it'll get there, so getting that call right takes consummate luck.

THE CHARTIST

Sustained energy for AGL as rise threatens to power up

Rod Myer Power and gas group AGL Energy has built up some spark in its share price in recent times.

Intelligent Investor

Don't be fooled by quick money

Nathan Bell If there's one thing company directors should do more often, apart from taking a pay cut, is to cut the pay of shareholders.

UNDER THE RADAR

Explorers strike gold as producers left at altar

A worker wears protective glasses at the Randgold Resources' Tongon mine in northern Ivory Coast, November 8, 2010. Gold pouring from the mine in Ivory Coast's rebel-held northern zones since this week is offering new livelihoods for locals who have long seen themselves as neglected by successive southern governments. Picture taken November 8, 2010. REUTERS/John James (IVORY COAST - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Richard Hemming From 25 cents to $4 and back to 50 cents - its interesting times for Perseus Mining.

PROPERTY

Vegas a winner for Australian fund manager

Las Vegas.

John Collett Sydney boutique fund manager PM Capital has returned almost 63 per cent over the financial year, largely through playing the recovery in Las Vegas house prices.

BONDS

Fixed income finds new fans

State bonds.

Rod Myer Bonds are one way to avoid sharemarket volatility while still receiving an income, and are now more accessible to Australian investors than ever before.

SHARES AND YIELDS

Sweat the small stuff to safeguard returns

Free guide on Picking the Direction of Shares

Barbara Drury Australian shares hit a sweet spot last year, whipped up by investors with a taste for dividends.

UNDER THE RADAR

Big victories for two of the smaller players

Richard Hemming Under the Radar's two research tips resulted in share price increases of 50 per cent and 70 per cent recently.