Share Market

ASK NOEL

Bigger lump sum or decent pension?

Noel Whittaker What's the best pension plan with a big mortgage but a bad history of handling lump sums?

HOT STOCK

IOOF strikes again, but should you buy?

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

Bank valuations defy China risks

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

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

Momentum building for Amcor

Amcor.

Rod Myer Amcor has a long history but no longer resembles the paper and packaging giant of old. After a shaky GFC, it has staged a strong recovery.

INVESTING

Seven wonders of the investing world

Big oil: Shale oil is transforming the US economy.

Where will money be made in the longer term? David Potts tells all.

Dollar's strength shows all that glitters isn't gold

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Everything is conspiring against gold but all things considered the goldminers are doing all right. Must be a tough lot.

THE CHARTIST

Iron ore drops Fortescue price and Andrew Forrest's fortune

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

HOT STOCK

Mt Carlton main driver as Evolution Mining digs deep

Greg Smith Price and exploration potential make this gold miner attractive.

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How saving helps you take control of your life

Splashing out on luxuries now can affect your wealth down the track.

Richard Livingston Saving is one thing best not put off until tomorrow. A look at the figures shows the advantages of starting now.

Retail

Why Harvey Norman has run out of steam

Gerry Harvey.

Nathan Bell This may sound like value investing heresy - I recommend you sell Harvey Norman, largely because it has a strong balance sheet and an owner manager.

EDUCATION

Make school costs feasy peasy

John Collett It's that time of year again, when the children return to school and - for fee-paying students - their parents learn how much they'll be expected to cough up for the privilege.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Long-dated bonds help counter low rates

Matt Ryan Low interest rates make other asset classes look more attractive and drive the prices of equities and property higher.

TIME TO SELL

Your next move when share prices tumble

Barbara Drury When share prices fall, investors need a plan. Should you sell to protect your capital or hang in there and buy more?

HOT STOCK

This growth story ticks all the boxes

Brian Han Once part of Amcor, Orora's cardboard business is thriving and the shares are worth a look.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Simpler way to join the market

marcus-padley-dinkus

Marcus Padley Listed Investment Companies are a good option if you want a diversified portfolio without having to manage it yourself.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Airlines, steelmakers show woes of diversification

Be careful: Buying shares in a company just to gain exposure to a certain sector, such as mining services, doesn't make sense.

Nathan Bell Is buying a stock to improve your portfolio diversification a sensible idea?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The rise of the collectorator

Matchbox Car

James Cockington A new breed of buyer has taken over the auction world. Part-investor, part-interior decorator, they're becoming known as ''collectorators''.

SCAMS

Move to halt the new wolves of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Andrew Tangel US regulators suspend trading in 255 small caps in bid to stop repeat of 'pump-and-dump' schemes seen in Scorsese's film.