Share Market

UNDER THE RADAR

Australian gold producers benefit from price rebound and weaker dollar

Richard Hemming With the gold price rebounding from its lows and the dollar weaker, smaller gold producers are running hot.

HOT STOCK

Silver Chef set to win big as hospitality industry booms

Growth curve: Silver Chef is set to hit the jackpot as the hospitality industry expands.

James Lennon Equipment financier Silver Chef is poised to reap the rewards as the hospitality industry grows.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Investing is easy, you already know how to do it

Give it a whirl: The good news is that no matter your life experience, financial prowess or your level of self-confidence, you can get started with investing.

Scott Phillips You know more than you think… and more than the ‘smart money’ does.

SMART INVESTING

The best ways to lose money

Richard Livingston Often regarded as the world's most successful investor, Warren Buffett says the first rule of making money is never to lose money.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Lose weight, stop smoking, invest in yourself

Kick it in the butt: Stop smoking and start saving.

Scott Phillips It's time to forget your bad old habits and start living your financial life more healthily. Here's how.

HOT STOCK

Elders investors have little to beef about

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James Lennon It was close to being wound up, so the turnaround of the agribusiness is good news for investors.

ASSET CHECK

Prepare portfolios for rough weather ahead

Time to batten down.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to ensure that the asset composition and risk profile of their holdings suit their personal needs.

CHINA BOOM

'Mania' drives China's stock market to three-year high

Many families are taking out brokerage loans to buy stocks, raising leverage and risk.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Retail investors are driving Chinese stocks to fresh highs, and market watchers are alarmed.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Buy and hold Australian blue chip stocks? Not so fast...

Think global: Perhaps it's time to broaden your investment horizons.

Thabojan Rasiah There's a whole world out there. Why don't you invest in it?

UNDER THE RADAR

Asia has big appetite for soft commodities

License to grow: The China-Australia free trade agreement  underlines that food will be one of the boom industries for Australia.

Richard Hemming Asian demand has been growing for soft commodities, which include protein, namely fish, nuts, beef and dairy.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Five steps to getting started in shares

Baby steps: Even the best businesses can stumble, but there's a lot you can do to put the odds in your favour.

Scott Phillips Investing can be daunting - but the reward is worth it.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Buy and hold Australian blue chip stocks? Not so fast...

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Thabojan Rasiah There's a whole world out there. Why don't you invest in it?

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David Potts The drums are beating louder against one of the best tax breaks ever invented.

INVESTING

Dividend fountain set to keep on spouting

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David Potts Payouts aren't up a great deal - bar a few spectacular exceptions - but more companies are paying them.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

When do hard assets offer real value?

Hot and cold: All that melts is not gold, the unfortunate tale of BlueScope.

Nathan Bell A company values hard assets on its balance sheet. But how accurate is that figure when the ''for sale'' signs are out?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Property investing not a good fit for all

Marcus Padley It is not one or the other when weighing up the benefits of either share or property investments.

Gauging the risks with financial investments

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Daryl Dixon Investors need to be aware of the possibility of volatility and the need to be able, and willing, to sit out price declines.

Bouris on Money

Ten ways to read the economy

Big picture: Understand the economy before you make major financial decisions.

Mark Bouris When you make financial decisions outside your normal expertise you’ll need to understand the broader economy.

HOT STOCK

Qantas circling inflection point

Robust capital position: Domestically Qantas stands in a good position to maintain, if not increase, market share.

Greg Smith After suffering severe headwinds for many years it looks like the carrier is set for some clearer air.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to make the most of broker research

Nathan Bell It isn't designed to identify long-term value because brokers want you to trade, now.