Share Market

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Before you buy stocks check out why they are being sold

Nathan Bell We’ve all become excited about a company after too little research. We’ve told ourselves the stock is set to double – nay, triple – once the market understands it.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What next for Telstra?

Tough times ahead: A changing market means Telstra will struggle to find growth.

Nathan Bell This is a business under threat as more companies are linked to the network by competitors’ fibre.

SHARES RACE

Shares race: dartboard takes lead in four-week race

David Potts Random picks by the dartboard were the best result after the first week of a month-long shares race.

UNDER THE RADAR

Hot copper's stellar performance

ICU: Workers prepare the site of the second mineshaft at Oyu Tolgoi in 2007. Photo: Tom Miles / Reuters

Richard Hemming Copper is proving to be a hot sector for exploration and one area with the most heat is Mongolia.

INVESTING

Telstra result pleases shareholders

Higher than forecast: Telstra's full-year after-tax profit is up 14 per cent to $4.28 billion.

John Collett Telstra’s $4.2 billion profit, higher dividend and share buyback are good news for shareholders.

Franking credits a key part of Australia's economic machine

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Daryl Dixon Future governments must continue to recognise the importance of retaining the imputation credit system.

There's more to come from CBA after record profit

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David Potts If the Commonwealth Bank can make $8.7 billion, what it could do in better times?

Your 30-minute reporting season checklist

Your 30 minutes starts now.

Nathan Bell If you're pressed for time this reporting season, here's how to extract exactly what you need to know from a company's result in half an hour.

HOT STOCK

Ardent bulks up with Fitness First

Gym takeover: Ardent Leisure is expanding its fitness footprint.

Greg Smith Ardent's Fitness First purchase makes the group even more attractive.

Investing

Sit on shares and win, says pokies billionaire

James Frost Billionaire pokies king Len Ainsworth has some words of wisdom for share traders who think they can beat the market.

PROPERTY

Can you afford it? Can you afford to ignore it?

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David Potts With low interest rates property prices jumped 10 per cent last year. That growth is slowing, but should you stay waiting on the sidelines?

Investing

Whisky hunters beat sharemarket returns with single malt

Actor Bill Murray touting Suntory's Hibiki 17-year-old blend in

When Aaron Chan heard that a liquor store in Athens might have a rare Hanyu Ichiro Malt Japanese whisky, he phoned the shop from Hong Kong.

HOT STOCK

Trademe worth sticking with

Competitive advantage: Trade Me has a strong position  in the New Zealand economy.

Greg Smith The online marketplace has announced changes to their pricing model to ensure the Trade Me property portal maintains its dominant market position.

Shares race: Potts falters, Dartboard in pole position

David Potts He's second to last in the shares race, but David Potts sees encouraging signs in the market.

DIVIDENDS

Investors will be rolling in it

Higher dividends from the big companies means an increase in wealth for many canny Australians.

John Collett With big companies returning sizeable increases in returns it's good times for income-seeking shareholders

INVESTING

Telstra buy back good news for some

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Daryl Dixon Which way will you go?

HOT STOCK

Tasty options at Collins Foods despite board divisions

Greg Smith Dissenting director could force board's hand on under-performing Sizzler business.

UNDER THE RADAR

Tiddler telcos turning into bigger fish

Richard Hemming For small companies that are turning into bigger entities through fast growth, the elusive ‘‘buying opportunity’’ might be now.

THE DOLLAR

Overvalued dollar stuck in a viscous trap

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David Potts The best case scenario to get our currency down is for economic growth in the US writes.

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.