Share Market

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Time to sell down the banks

Nathan Bell Bank stocks are masquerading as the market's miracle-makers but are far riskier than most investors appreciate.

INSIGHT

Big banks no longer the leaders

Dimmed: the big four banks are facing fresh headwinds.

Clancy Yeates Over the past four months or so, the banks have lagged the broader market. What's going on?

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Many hybrids have vigour but PERLS looks like a pup

ANd they call it puppy love

Richard Livingston Brokers and bankers are excited by the the CBA's latest hybrid investment but there are plenty of reasons why you should avoid it.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Don't stress out on missing out

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Nathan Bell You can miss out on hundreds of opportunities and still do well, but back too many duds and you’re sure to do badly.

THE ‘HONEST’ BROKER

Lies, damned lies and share price graphics

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Marcus Padley Charts are a salesman's best friend and manipulating them is a well-worn industry practice designed to calm customers down.

UNDER THE RADAR

Bubble or brilliance? Either way Audio Pixels is on a roll

Tangled headphones.

Richard Hemming Australian technology minnow Audio Pixels has investors in a frenzy with shares almost tripling since early June.

Investing

Whisky hunters beat sharemarket returns with single malt

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When Aaron Chan heard that a liquor store in Athens might have a rare Hanyu Ichiro Malt Japanese whisky, he phoned the shop from Hong Kong.

Shares race: Potts falters, Dartboard in pole position

David Potts He's second to last in the shares race, but David Potts sees encouraging signs in the market.

DIVIDENDS

Investors will be rolling in it

Higher dividends from the big companies means an increase in wealth for many canny Australians.

John Collett With big companies returning sizeable increases in returns it's good times for income-seeking shareholders

INVESTING

Telstra buy back good news for some

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Daryl Dixon Which way will you go?

UNDER THE RADAR

Hot copper's stellar performance

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Richard Hemming Copper is proving to be a hot sector for exploration and one area with the most heat is Mongolia.

HOT STOCK

Tasty options at Collins Foods despite board divisions

Greg Smith Dissenting director could force board's hand on under-performing Sizzler business.

UNDER THE RADAR

Tiddler telcos turning into bigger fish

Richard Hemming For small companies that are turning into bigger entities through fast growth, the elusive ‘‘buying opportunity’’ might be now.

THE DOLLAR

Overvalued dollar stuck in a viscous trap

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David Potts The best case scenario to get our currency down is for economic growth in the US writes.

Your 30-minute reporting season checklist

Your 30 minutes starts now.

Nathan Bell If you're pressed for time this reporting season, here's how to extract exactly what you need to know from a company's result in half an hour.

IPOs

Shot in arm for health sector

Good investment: Private healthcare companies are  popular with fund managers.

David Potts A rush from investors for the Healthscope float has many hoping that Medibank will follow suit

HOT STOCK

Ardent bulks up with Fitness First

Gym takeover: Ardent Leisure is expanding its fitness footprint.

Greg Smith Ardent's Fitness First purchase makes the group even more attractive.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Precipice looms for some if franking rules change

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Richard Livingston If dividend imputation rules change, expect the share prices of the banks and Telstra to fall over a cliff.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Super stocks for smart investors

In demand: Domino's Pizza has a high price-to-earnings ratio, but investors should not take that as a reason to sell.

Marcus Padley Judging shares by their current price-to-earnings ratio is misguided.