Share Market

Betting on the Melbourne Cup versus investing in shares

Andrew Legget Australians love a punt but there are better ways to make money.

SHARES RACE

Sharemarket heavy weather a challenge for tipsters

John Collett It has been a tough week for our tipsters given that the sharemarket went backwards.

Motley Fool: Last roll of the dice for Tatts and Tabcorp

The Tabcorp-Tatts deal is smart, but the outcome is far from guaranteed.

Scott Phillips There are no shortage of gamblers. But growth is hard to come by.

How the average person's wealth doubles from about age 30 to 40

The average person's wealth doubles from when they're in the 25-34 age bracket to a decade later.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon The greatest wealth divide is between those just starting out, and their 35-plus, established selves. Beyond that, the growth in your bottom line is slow and steady.

Motley Fool: The lessons we haven't learnt from the GFC

The Big Short: Steve Eisman's character was portrayed by Hollywood actor Steve Carell.

Scott Phillips Watching The Big Short is a sobering experience. Here's what it can teach us.

SHARES RACE

Mining services companies ahead while Crown falls on China arrests

John Collett Richard Hemming continues to build his lead in week two of the six-week Shares Race.

Motley Fool: why property investment is nuts right now

Rental yields are tiny right now.

Scott Phillips Owning a house might be the great Australian dream. But investors should think twice.

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The best way to become a financial winner

Catherine Robson The most likely way to become a financial winner is to make good quality growth investments and then get out of the way and let time do the work.

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Motley Fool: The elephant in the bank inquiry room

Inappropriate incentives are at the heart of the banks' cultural problems. Illustration: Kerrie Leishman

Scott Phillips Bank staff's remuneration is not aligned with their customers' success – only the banks'.

Mark Bouris: why home ownership is one of the best investments you can make

Home ownership is a good foundation for building wealth.

Mark Bouris You may have to take on a large debt to buy it, but the family home also becomes your biggest asset.

It's a good time to buy Telstra shares: Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley Telstra and the banks are major income stocks and they share the same pattern of seasonal peaks and troughs over the past 20 years.

Race winner posts 33 per cent gain with back-to-back wins

John Collett Money reader Mendy Amzalak has ended the four-week Shares Race with one of the most emphatic wins ever.

Motley Fool: What the banking inquiry means for shareholders

Scott Phillips The big bank CEOs seem contrite at the parliamentary inquiry, but the banks are probably safe from real consequences.

Motley Fool: was buying Blue Poles for $1.3m in 1973 a good investment?

Jackson Pollock's 'Blue Poles' is on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition.

Scott Phillips The government was mocked for spending $1.3 million on Blue Poles in 1973. It's now worth $350 million. Was it a good investment?

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Nicole helps... a woman who left an abusive ex and wants to rebuild her finances

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Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon has a new column helping fight financial injustice.

An investment lesson reaffirmed over a sandwich

Mitchell Sneddon Contracts for differences let you short companies, but it adds short-term stress to investment decisions.

Why I changed my superannuation strategy for the US election

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's time to tune into the US election. You may not get a vote, but you can prepare - financially at least.

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SHARES RACE

Shares Race Week 3: the king of speculation surges ahead

Speculative stocks, including a junior miner, have played well for the shares race leader.

John Collett Money reader Mendy Amzalak is doing it again. He has picked two highly speculative stocks that are coming up trumps.

Tough start to the six-week Shares Race

John Collett Maca helps one tipster take an early lead.

Motley Fool: Ignore market tantrums over central bank policies

The market threw a tantrum over the US Federal Reserve's decision to wind down quantitative easing.

Scott Phillips Markets behave illogically about interest-rate moves and expect central bankers to signal their every move.