Share Market

THE CHARTIST

As gold fades, Northern Star shines brightly

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...

THE CHARTIST

Fifth wave might see gold hit some higher heights

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Rod Myer There is talk among the enthusiasts about a significant change in the yellow metal’s fortunes.

UNDER THE RADAR

Property player hopes to exploit agent anger

Competition: The online market for 'eyeballs' in real estate is heating up.

Richard Hemming Online competitor Onthehouse is attracting 'eyeballs', because it offers data on properties which aren't listed.

HOT STOCK

Silver Chef expects net profits for 2014

Cooking with gas: Silver Chef's profit after tax could be at the upper end of the guidance range.

Greg Smith It's worth having a look at this small business equipment financier.

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

Take-off point: A screengrab shows the state of play for Realestate.co.au on August 6, 2012.

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six questions for your financial planner

Compromised? Ask the right questions to see whether you're getting independent advice.

John Addis OPINION Most investors need reliable financial advice. The problem is in finding it.

UNDER THE RADAR

Of small telcos and big gorillas

Positive connection: Nobody really knows what the NBN will mean for them.

Richard Hemming Junior telecommunications stocks have had a great run. There are signs that might change.

SHARE RACE

Chartist leaps in front to move from first to last

Vanessa Desloires Depending who you talk to, picking winners in the stock market can either be a delicate science of educated guessing, or something written in the stars.

INSIGHT

Low interest rates likely to keep high-yielding shares in favour

Clancy Yeates Low interest rates have put a rocket under share prices this financial year. The search for yield is likely to continue in 2014-15.

GETTING STARTED

Starting your own business could be the best investment of all

Melissa Browne The financial reward of your own business is worth considering when deciding how to grow your money.