Share Market

FIRST STEPS

Five ways to make investments pay off

Richard Livingston  Whether you're using a financial adviser or doing it yourself, these five lessons will help you make money and reduce the risk of losing it.

HOT STOCK

QBE improves its core strength

James Lennon The possibility of higher dividends makes the big insurer quite attractive.

UNDER THE RADAR

Looking beyond profits

Richard Hemming One investor says the key to market success is to look at ugly ducklings before they grow into swans.

HOT STOCK

IOOF storm presents a buying opportunity

James Lennon A tale of questionable workplace practices offers a chance to make some money, too.

ROBOT WORLD

Robo-investing may leave you short-changed

Richard Livingston Like fashion, the investing world has its trends. One of the latest, robo-investing, is "so hot right now".

GETTING AHEAD

Gold on the ropes is a positive sign

In the long term gold has proven to be a dubious investment, but it still offers a better return than Bitcoin.

David Potts Gold's falling price points to the US Federal Reserve getting closer to raising rates.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Where to next for the ASX?

No one can interpret the meaning of sharemarket movements with certainty.

Scott Phillips So what should we expect this earnings season? The short answer is that no one knows.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Austbrokers faces major buffeting

Austbrokers chief executive Mark Searles: The company's underlying net profit fell 15 per cent in the six months to December.

Graham Witcomb Warren Buffett is aiming to put one Australian business out of business. What can Austbrokers do?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Learn from the wealthy and invest like a pro

Mark Bouris If you're going to make the most of your investments you have to think like a professional investor.

UNDER THE RADAR

How to double your money from mining services

Richard Hemming In common with other stocks in the sector, GR Engineering took a whack in 2013. But it has climbed back into favour.

HOT STOCK

A slower quarter, but Praemium still positive

James Lennon The financial software company has had its fair share of challenges but is now on track to record its first net profit.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Ignore the problems – look for the opportunities instead

While some investors may feel all at sea, there's no need to panic.

John Addis Don't let the fear get to you - there are a some big long-term trends running in our favour.

MOTLEY FOOL

Avoid these five investment traps

Scott Phillips Don't let yourself be distracted … or worse.

End of seven-year rule brings a new ball game for retirees

Brokers on the floor of the UBS trading room in Sydney.

Craig Racine The seven-year rule used to be a persuasive sales pitch for financial planners. Now it is gone.

What if you assume wrong?

To assume makes an ass of you and me.

Lewis J. Walker We invest our money and make a lot of other life choices based on assumptions. But how do we know they are right?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

A Bonds-led recovery at Pacific Brands?

We may be loyal to Bonds, but don't expect overseas buyers to show quite the same loyalty in the marketplace.

Graham Whitcomb Has PacBrands experienced the turnaround everyone's been waiting for?

GETTING AHEAD

Sustained jobs growth a good sign for investors

The Chinese stockmarket is permanently volatile.

David Potts The sharemarket was in a state well before Greece and China upset the apple cart, even though the economy is growing enough to lift profits.

UNDER THE RADAR

Blooming almonds help Select Harvests flourish

Almonds are a non-dairy source of protein, which consumers can't get enough of.

Richard Hemming Once a victim of the collapse of Timbercorp, Select Harvests has reinvented itself and is riding high again.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Being contrary can make your garden grow

Following the crowd has its risks.

Scott Phillips Being selectively independent and taking a different view when it's prudent to do so is a great strategy to make money.

SHAREMARKET

Why women make the best investors

Stock market day trader Mandi Rafsendjani.

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