Share 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.

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.

Falling Australian dollar will benefit domestic tourism and property

Copper pipes sit on display at a Lowe's store in Cary, North Carolina, U.S., on Monday, May 18, 2009. Copper futures rose to a one-week high as falling inventories and a weakening dollar boosted speculation that demand will increase for the metal used in pipes and wires. Photographer: Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg News

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

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.

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

Kids playing, what to do on school holidays  Pic By Craig Sillitoe SPECIALX 000

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.

MOTLEY FOOL

How to make a million in shares

money

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

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.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Plan for the four ages of personal finance

Mark Bouris dinkus.

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

SHARE SLIDE

The carnival is over, but it's not all gloom

The Australian dollar has fallen to a six-month low.

Daryl Dixon Just what will happen with our share market from here is far from certain.

Hot Stock

Long-life assets tie Santos to Asian energy needs

David Lennox Gas producer appears to be well positioned to participate in Asia’s growing energy requirements.

Don't get taken in by the finance industry's sleight of hand

Smoke and mirrors: When something appears too good to be true, it usually is.

Richard Livingston A good rule of thumb is 'if you don't understand a financial product then don't buy it'.

UNDER THE RADAR

Volatility provides opportunities to find value

Richard Hemming Does recent volatility provide a buying opportunity for stocks that have been sold off?

GETTING STARTED

Good news for some in dollar's decline

Which  way will it go?

Sally Patten Holiday plans might have to change if the currency continues like this.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What Myer can learn from US retailer Nordstrom

Nathan Bell The question Myer shareholders should be asking is why are Nordstrom's sales increasing so fast while Myer's have stagnated.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Time to get stuck in to bonds

Mark Bouris Fixed interest funds – which mostly invest in government and corporate bonds – can be a conservative way to pursue above-cash returns with a modest increase in risk.

THE ECONOMY

Dollar and market locked together

The fortunes of the dollar and that of the  sharemarket are locked together.

David Potts Whether it's the chicken or the egg coming first, the fact is the dollar and the sharemarket are moving in lockstep.

HOT STOCK

Australian Bauxite gets lift from lease for Tasmanian mine

Bauxite is a key ingredient in the manufacture of aluminium.

David Lennox Production moves closer and, after a tough few years, the miner seems set for better times.