Share Market

BOURIS ON MONEY

Plan for the four ages of personal finance

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Mark Bouris The ways you structure your spending, saving and investing change as you get older.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's the best way to take advantage of Telstra buyback?

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George Cochrane Should I participate in the share buyback scheme being offered by Telstra?

SHARE RACE

Club keep heads above water as rivals fall away

Alana Schetzer Just like in the race that stops the nation, those who start out in front cannot always maintain the lead.

MOTLEY FOOL

How to make a million in shares

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Scott Phillips Three simple steps can see you hit the big time.

HOT STOCK

BHP is priced for growth

Juggernaut: The mining company is driving costs down.

David Lennox Miner's proposed demerger may become a key plank in driving better returns from the company’s assets.

HOT STOCK

Lithium miner Orocobre is full of juice.

Long life: In addition to consumer devices, the use of lithium batteries in the auto industry is a key growth market.

David Lennox The attraction in Orocobre lies in the long life of the company’s assets and their scalability in the future.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Value's hiding, time to go seek

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Nathan Bell In the sharemarket, a true bargain can be many things; unknown, unloved, ignored, misunderstood, odd, decrepit, pitied and reviled. One thing it's probably not is popular.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

These hybrids smell pretty sweet to me

Marcus Padley The bottom line is that the odds of a major hybrid issuer going bust are very, very low.

Falling Australian dollar will benefit domestic tourism and property

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David Potts The 5 per cent drop in the dollar in a fortnight is good news for nearly all of us.

SHARES RACE

Speed and power drive front runners on

David Potts They might be losing money but more than half our share tipsters are beating the market.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to make the most of broker research

Nathan Bell It isn't designed to identify long-term value because brokers want you to trade, now.

SHORT CHANGE

A leg of briefs

Clothing and entertainment: Choice says households are being forced to spend less.

John Potts Budgeting? ASIC has an app for that.

HOT STOCK

Qantas circling inflection point

Robust capital position: Domestically Qantas stands in a good position to maintain, if not increase, market share.

Greg Smith After suffering severe headwinds for many years it looks like the carrier is set for some clearer air.

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.

Bouris on Money

Ten ways to read the economy

Big picture: Understand the economy before you make major financial decisions.

Mark Bouris When you make financial decisions outside your normal expertise you’ll need to understand the broader economy.

Gauging the risks with financial investments

Risk adviser.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to be aware of the possibility of volatility and the need to be able, and willing, to sit out price declines.

SHARES RACE

Toro, Poseidon Nickel prove stellar in share race

David Potts Modesty aside, our writer records his stellar success in the first week of the share tipping race.

Communications

Tidy profit for DIY funds with Telstra shares

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John Collett The Telsta buy-back could be very rewarding for some shareholders.

INVESTING

Dividend fountain set to keep on spouting

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David Potts Payouts aren't up a great deal - bar a few spectacular exceptions - but more companies are paying them.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

When do hard assets offer real value?

Hot and cold: All that melts is not gold, the unfortunate tale of BlueScope.

Nathan Bell A company values hard assets on its balance sheet. But how accurate is that figure when the ''for sale'' signs are out?