Share Market

REPORTING SEASON

Season of the what, why and which

Barbara Drury Companies are in reporting mode - so what should investors look out for?

INVESTING

Low interest rates a boost to shares

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Daryl Dixon As the US sharemarket hits its straps, local shares are not proving nearly so buoyant.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The many challenges of ethical stock picking

Invest no evil: There is a lot to consider when taking an ethical investment approach.

John Addis You might think choosing local stocks that "aren’t evil" is a good thing, but what's the point of paying more to get poor performance?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Shares fall out of favour as property bubbles merrily

Flush investments: Is your money going down the drain? Think carefully about where you invest.

Marcus Padley We need something new to talk about because the current offering is hard to sell.

THE CHARTIST

As gold fades, Northern Star shines brightly

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Rod Myer Northern Star has risen strongly during the past year.

HOT STOCK

Astro rides revival of Japanese property prices

A little thaw: The ice  is starting to crack around Japan's frozen property market, and Astro offers Australian investors a way in.

Greg Smith Metropolitan Japanese property looks to be on the right track after more than two decades of decline, with tenancy rates in prime properties high and an increasing number of buyers looking at...

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Spread yourself out, but not too thinly

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Richard Livingston Diversification is about minimising the impact of luck and improving the odds of getting an outcome closer to what you expect.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Super Retail and Reject Shop - alike but not alike

Bullet-proof: Tough economic times won't hurt The Reject Shop - in fact they may even help it.

Nathan Bell They're two retailers at the discount end of the high street, with two very different stories.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Almost time to buy miners as sector enters epic war of attrition

Stacked steel: but demand in China is falling.

David Llewellyn-Smith The price of iron ore is down. Is this an opportunity for investors?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Investing lessons from a turbulent decade

Ditch the crystal ball: You don't need to predict the future to do well on the sharemarket.

Nathan Bell From massive highs to huge lows the past 10 years have been interesting times - and a perfect learning opportunity.

HOT STOCK

Get some skin in the chicken game with KFC owner

Greg Smith Given the healthy outlook for growth and a fully franked dividend, Collins Foods is well worth looking at.

UNDER THE RADAR

Reckon? It looks like a good punt

Looking up: Reckon’s shares are bouncing back.

Richard Hemming Accounting software specialist Reckon is walking the walk when it comes to its online product suite.

THE CHARTIST

REA Group's strong surge running out of puff

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Rod Myer REA Group has been one of the standout performers on the Australian market - but will its run continue?.

MARKETS

Prospects good for share investors

Daryl Dixon While the hunt for yield has definitely boosted share prices, the prospects for investors remain good.

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

THE CHARTIST

Wall Street charges on - but are US stocks marching into bubble territory?

ABOUT TO BURST? :The United States stock market has seen plenty of action since the darkest days of the global financial crisis.

Rod Myer Recent weakness on the US stock market and the effects of quantitative easing have investors asking whether the US equity markets are moving into the danger zone.

UNDER THE RADAR

Buy cheap and be patient

Showing potential: Elders benefits from rising cattle volumes.

Richard Hemming Private equity groups are interested in rural services group Elders. You should be too.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Relax. ETFs will take care of themselves

Less effort: ETFs require fewer administrative decisions.

Marcus Padley Exchange Traded Funds allow investors to build diversified portfolios with minimal cost and effort.

HOT STOCK

Investor appetite for Sunland is building

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Sunland is looking attractive to investors.

Greg Smith Strength in the property market, especially in Queensland is good news for listed developer.

HOT STOCK

Suncorp steadies ship for investors

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Greg Smith Technology initiatives, stripping out costs and divesting the non-core bank division have helped restore the insurer's fortunes.