Share Market

SUPER & FUNDS

Australian shares world beaters over 100 years

John Collett Australian shares have outperformed the global market over the past century, but local investors still need more exposure to international shares.

HOT STOCK

Market 'overreacting' to Ardent Leisure's Texas exposure

James Lennon Ardent Leisure's share price has experienced some headwinds recently due to market-wide falls.

INVESTMENT

Why investors should consider China in the Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey could be an auspicious time to invest in the undervalued Chinese sharemarket.

Ben Hurley The rise of China's middle class makes long-term investment in China a good bet.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: diversification, risk and volatility

The sharemarket has ups and downs but outperforms cash in the long term.

Scott Phillips When designing your investment goals, you need to decide where you want to be, when, and with what level of volatility.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to spot a future share price disaster

A few minutes studying a financial report can save you from a fall.

James Greenhalgh The first rule of sharemarket investing isn't to make money but not to lose it.

SHARES RACE

Australian sharemarket race: tipsters find it tougher going

John Collett

John Collett The Australian sharemarket is showing more red ink over the week and our tipsters have had a tougher time of it in week two of our five-week share race.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race: Week 3

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens gave a slapdown in central banker speak.

Gareth Hutchens The Dartboard still reigns. Richard Pritchard is still coming second. But they're the only contestants who remain in the black.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Why small investors should welcome volatility

Value-driven small investors should welcome the rise of robo-advisers – it's less competition.

John Addis Volatility on global sharemarkets is scaring the pants off professional and retail investors alike. It shouldn't.

SHARES RACE

Tipsters defy market with strong gains

John Collett: some star performers in week one of the new share race.

John Collett Shares Race kicks off for 2016 with a five-week game.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: what is 'asset allocation' anyway?

Asset allocation is compiling an investment portfolio that suits your investment goals - not putting all your eggs in one basket. Illustration: Michael Mucci

Scott Phillips The first in our new series for beginner investors, from Scott Phillips at The Motley Fool.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Is it finally time to buy BHP?

Scott Phillips The Big Australian is on the nose – but is it cheap enough?

THE HONEST BROKER

How humans can compete with computer algorithms in share trading

Marcus Padley Humans can't compete with computer algorithms for short-term trades, but still have an edge over the medium to long term.

EDUCATION

How to save for your kids' education

Marcelle Gomez and her husband Christian are saving so they have options when 15-month-old Cruz hits high school.

John Collett Education costs are rising faster than inflation, so if you want choices about schools for your children, you need to plan ahead.

MIND OVER MONEY

Acorns turns your spare change into an investment portfolio

Acorns Australia managing director George Lucas says the acorns name resonates in Europe and the English speaking world, but not in South America or Asia.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons A new app is launching in Australia that will take a few cents here and a few dollars there and invest it in exchange traded funds on your behalf.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Don't sell everything: do these six things instead

John Addis The reason most investors don't beat the market is because they listen to silly advice like "sell everything".

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to avoid investing in the next Dick Smith

With disappointing Christmas sales, Dick Smith felt the crunch in the new year.

Scott Phillips Some simple rules could keep you out of trouble.

WELL HEELED

Tackle suffering up front when setting goals

Melissa Browne Are we destined not to change or can we salvage our goals made for 2016? The short answer is yes and no.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Will 2016 get better for investors?

The markets are forecasting gloom.

Scott Phillips Investing in shares can be volatile and sometimes depressing, and the first few weeks of 2016 are proof.

Small investors in ETFs are chasing past returns

Chasing past performance doesn't stack up as an investment strategy.

John Collett Small investor activity in exchange traded funds (ETFs) indicates they are committing one of investing's cardinal sins.

THE HONEST BROKER

Why investment in 2016 will be all about picking winners

Marcus Padley After the worst start to the sharemarket year in living memory the obvious subject is whether we are about to see some sort of calamitous collapse in world markets.