Share Market

SHAREMARKET

Why women make the best investors

David Potts The proof is in - women who trade or invest in the sharemarket do it better than men.

ASSET CHECK

Back to earth with a bump

Daryl Dixon Last week's fall in the Australian sharemarket suggests difficult times lie ahead.

School student knocks the home team off its perch

David Potts My, how the mighty have fallen as schoolboy Ben Richards became the frontrunner in our shares race.

BANK SHARES

How bank stocks have spoilt us rotten

David Potts

David Potts Far be it for me to rub it in, but if you bought any bank shares two months ago you'll have lost more than they'll pay in dividends this year.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Sculthorpe sale sure to lure its share of stickybeaks

This Chinese gilt bronze figure from the late Ming Dynasty is possibly Mahasthamaprapta, a disciple of Gautama Buddha. Estimate: $8000 to $10,000.

James Cockington Held in the home where Peter Sculthorpe composed most of his music, the auction of his estate is expected to attract a diverse crowd.

HOT STOCK

Spark NZ weakness comes though perception

Spark New Zealand.

A strong share price performance from Spark New Zealand (ASX/NZX, SPK) last year has unwound sharply in 2015, with the stock under-performing the market.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Sticking to a long-term strategy works

Thinking long term is often the secret to successful investing.

Thabojan Rasiah Long-term investing should be easy. However studies around the world have consistently shown that investors don't achieve the returns that are there for the taking.

MOTLEY FOOL

How to turn $10,000 into $280,000 (and more)

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

It requires less work than you think.

GETTING STARTED

From backyard to global - where to find the wealth winners

Property versus shares.

David Potts An authoritative report says previously sound investments are moving in the wrong direction.

Changes lead to investment blues

Mark Bouris.

Mark Bouris You'll often hear me ''preaching'' to Australians to get informed about their finances and to learn what the market offers. That's because being informed helps you make good decisions.

INVESTING

Professional investors lift their exposure to global shares

John Collett.

John Collett Professional investors are lifting their investment in overseas shares and reducing their exposure to Australian shares.

GETTING STARTED

The property boom we had to have

David Potts

David Potts With the lowest lending rates ever, this is the property boom we had to have.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Ethical funds get the green light

Ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry's is known for its activism.

Catherine Robson You can reap greater long-term financial rewards by investing with your heart as well as your head.

GETTING STARTED

A light at the end of the tunnel for savers

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

David Potts The bank deposit tax went AWOL in the budget and that isn't the only good news for savers. Term deposit rates might be a lost cause but even then there's some hope.

UNDER THE RADAR

Seek and ye shall find in the disruptive world of small caps

Richard Hemming How to find the next success story.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What to do with South32?

The money lavished on BHP's  iron ore, petroleum and copper assets wasn't spent on the small and maligned collection of mines that constitute South32.

Gaurav Sodhi The media may have already dubbed it a failure but, make no mistake, a giant has been born.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Why Australia risks lagging behind the world

National pride means we feel hard done by when the ASX lags behind its international counterparts.

Scott Phillips The real answers won't be found on the nightly news.

INSIGHT

Bank shares no longer in a sweet spot

Clancy Yeates dinkus Dinkus

Clancy Yeates The bank dividend bonanza of recent years is unlikely to be repeated.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The real budget winners

A portion of wealthy pensioners are laughing all the way to the bank as nothing is done about burgeoning superannuation and capital gains burdens on taxpayers.

John Addis Despite declaring the need for emergency action, Treasurer Joe Hockey did not stem the flow of government funds to rich retirees.

Shareholders in post-budget retail therapy

Time for a shopping spree?

David Potts  Apologies to whoever said perception is 90 per cent of reality but it describes the budget better than I could.