Share Market

SHARES RACE

Australian sharemarket race: tipsters find it tougher going

John Collett The Australian sharemarket is showing more red ink over the week and our tipsters have had a tougher time of it in week two of our five-week share race.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race: Week 3

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens gave a slapdown in central banker speak.

Gareth Hutchens The Dartboard still reigns. Richard Pritchard is still coming second. But they're the only contestants who remain in the black.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Why small investors should welcome volatility

Value-driven small investors should welcome the rise of robo-advisers – it's less competition.

John Addis Volatility on global sharemarkets is scaring the pants off professional and retail investors alike. It shouldn't.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Mark Bouris on investing in volatile times

Mark Bouris Here we go again. Another year, another series of stories about world markets, Chinese economic growth and the ASX.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: what is 'asset allocation' anyway?

Asset allocation is compiling an investment portfolio that suits your investment goals - not putting all your eggs in one basket. Illustration: Michael Mucci

Scott Phillips The first in our new series for beginner investors, from Scott Phillips at The Motley Fool.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Is it finally time to buy BHP?

Scott Phillips The Big Australian is on the nose – but is it cheap enough?

THE HONEST BROKER

How humans can compete with computer algorithms in share trading

Marcus Padley Humans can't compete with computer algorithms for short-term trades, but still have an edge over the medium to long term.

EDUCATION

How to save for your kids' education

Marcelle Gomez and her husband Christian are saving so they have options when 15-month-old Cruz hits high school.

John Collett Education costs are rising faster than inflation, so if you want choices about schools for your children, you need to plan ahead.

MIND OVER MONEY

Acorns turns your spare change into an investment portfolio

Acorns Australia managing director George Lucas says the acorns name resonates in Europe and the English speaking world, but not in South America or Asia.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons A new app is launching in Australia that will take a few cents here and a few dollars there and invest it in exchange traded funds on your behalf.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Don't sell everything: do these six things instead

John Addis The reason most investors don't beat the market is because they listen to silly advice like "sell everything".

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to avoid investing in the next Dick Smith

With disappointing Christmas sales, Dick Smith felt the crunch in the new year.

Scott Phillips Some simple rules could keep you out of trouble.

WELL HEELED

Tackle suffering up front when setting goals

Melissa Browne Are we destined not to change or can we salvage our goals made for 2016? The short answer is yes and no.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Will 2016 get better for investors?

The markets are forecasting gloom.

Scott Phillips Investing in shares can be volatile and sometimes depressing, and the first few weeks of 2016 are proof.

Small investors in ETFs are chasing past returns

Chasing past performance doesn't stack up as an investment strategy.

John Collett Small investor activity in exchange traded funds (ETFs) indicates they are committing one of investing's cardinal sins.

THE HONEST BROKER

Why investment in 2016 will be all about picking winners

Marcus Padley After the worst start to the sharemarket year in living memory the obvious subject is whether we are about to see some sort of calamitous collapse in world markets.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Top 10 money mistakes of the middle-aged

In your 40s and 50s you are more likely to have extra mouths to feed.

Graham Witcomb You're at the height of your career and you probably have a couple of extra mouths to feed. Here are the 10 biggest money mistakes to avoid in your 40s and 50s.

Why Dick Smith shareholders lost and private equity won

John Vaz The demise of Dick Smith is a stark reminder of the risks of investing in companies listed by private equity firms without doing careful research.

THE HONEST BROKER

The truth behind courses on how to be a trader

Marcus Padley Everyone wants to make money in the stock market, so you might be interested in the cynical replies of a group of stockbrokers when one of us asked, "What's the best way to lose $10,000 in the stock...

Kickstart 2016 with a financial health check

The new year is a good time to review your money goals.

Kate Jones The new year is an opportunity to reset your money management and build prosperity - like electrician Paul Buhagiar who paid down $26,000 of his home loan last year.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: fearless investing predictions for 2016

Scott Phillips How to prepare for the new year when it comes to your investments.