Share Market

Miners and almonds doing well for stock-pickers

John Collett The Australian sharemarket has been trading sideways pretty much since the start of May, after generally rising for most of this year.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race week 2: agriculture hot, healthcare not

Vanessa Desloires The end of a seven-week long rally now means the Shares Racers' stock picking skills will be put to the test.

THE HONEST BROKER

Traps behind the hybrid issue offers from the banks

Marcus Padley Hybrid issues for the banks are flying off the shelves once again, but there are downsides for investors.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Intelligent Investor: what to do when sharemarket yield becomes expensive

Cats get a buzz from catnip.

John Addis Four ways that investors accustomed to double-digit returns can adjust to the new era of low interest rates and bond yields.

MIND OVER MONEY

What Money Monster says about financial literacy

George Clooney stars as Lee Gates in Money Monster.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons The premise of Money Monster is all too plausible and it says a lot about financial literacy.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: how to invest your first $1000

Scott Phillips Theory doesn't always pass the 'real world' test.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Why the Chinese want a chunk of Virgin

Mantra is a hotel operator working hard to attract Chinese guests.

Scott Phillips China's largest airline HNA has bought a chunk of Virgin and there are lessons for investors - but not just about airlines.

THE HONEST BROKER

The six X-factor risks keeping fund managers and investors up at night

Fund managers consider the possible election of Donald Trump as US president to be an investment risk.

Marcus Padley These are the X factors that the fund managers are most worried about, the events that could drop the market significantly more than "normal".

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: three dividend stocks that beat the banks

Michel's Patisserie is owned by ASX-listed Retail Food Group.

Scott Phillips Most Aussies don't want to hear it but the banks are way too large a proportion of our portfolios.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Lessons from the Myer turnaround

At the end of last year, Myer's share price was cheap.

Andrew Legget Investors are rewarded for going against the crowd, as Myer's recent recovery shows.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: How to diversify your portfolio

Scott Phillips You've had some success with your investments but now your portfolio is no longer balanced. How do you diversify?

INNOVATION

Online markets create new breed of alternative investments

Natasha Langdon has invested some money with a peer-to-peer lender where she is earning more than 8 per cent.

John Collett Investment alternatives to shares and term deposits are gaining traction.

INNOVATION

Apps and tools to manage your money from your mobile device

Robo-advisers won't fully replace humans just yet.

Adam Courtenay Our mobile devices are becoming the go-to instruments of convenient commerce, offering something that consumers are only just beginning to come to terms with – a world of instantaneous...

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Putting a price on technology

Atlassian founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes at the debut in New York.

Scott Phillips How an investor can value the shares of tech companies.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: A new day or false dawn for Myer?

Scott Phillips Department store Myer has improved its financial performance - but for how long?

WELL HEELED

The advantages of renting over home ownership

Renting might deliver more freedom and options than home ownership, especially if you hedge your bets with an investment property.

Melissa Browne Australians give lip service to wanting freedom and options, but how we're behaving with our money tells quite a different story.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting ahead in a low-interest rate environment

Mark Bouris The low interest rates are not welcomed by savers and retirees, but there are opportunities to maximise your returns.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: How to choose a stockbroker

Scott Phillips The three key steps to choosing a stockbroker or trading service.

Shares Race week 4: Leader scrapes a win in tough week for shares

Vanessa Desloires What threatened to be a blowout in this month's Shares Race ended up a close tussle between the top two.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race Week 2: leader plots a map to success

Vanessa Desloires There's been a shake up in the ranks this week, and one clever tipster has shot from fifth to first place on a bet in volatile small cap stocks.