Share Market

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Predictable predictions for 2015

Marcus Padley The great thing about the stock market at the end of the year is that you can look back and see everything that you should have known.

GETTING STARTED

Rush into bonds gives shares some added shine

The Japanese are stepping up money printing.

David Potts With bonds offering ultra low and even negative yields dividend paying shares are more attractive to investors. Indispensable even.

HOLIDAY HOMES

Smart investment or just a money pit?

Simply irresistible: Lisa Marquette made a snap decision to purchase her holiday retreat but says she has no regrets.

David Potts Thinking of buying a beach shack or a hideaway in the hills? Take a breath – you could end up with a whole heap of hassle.

INSIGHT

Companies to back in the coming year

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Clancy Yeates Which shares stand to deliver the best returns when growth is soft and interest rates at record lows?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Five stocks to get you started

Shopping list: If you're a new investor, working out which companies to invest in can be a tough decision.

Scott Phillips Want to begin investing? Here's a shortlist of companies to put your money in.

UNDER THE RADAR

Australian gold producers benefit from price rebound and weaker dollar

Gold, fingers: Northern Star's profit margins have gone from somewhere between 0 and $50 an ounce to $250 an ounce.

Richard Hemming With the gold price rebounding from its lows and the dollar weaker, smaller gold producers are running hot.

HOT STOCK

Silver Chef set to win big as hospitality industry booms

Growth curve: Silver Chef is set to hit the jackpot as the hospitality industry expands.

James Lennon Equipment financier Silver Chef is poised to reap the rewards as the hospitality industry grows.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Investing is easy, you already know how to do it

Give it a whirl: The good news is that no matter your life experience, financial prowess or your level of self-confidence, you can get started with investing.

Scott Phillips You know more than you think… and more than the ‘smart money’ does.

SMART INVESTING

The best ways to lose money

Richard Livingston Often regarded as the world's most successful investor, Warren Buffett says the first rule of making money is never to lose money.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Lose weight, stop smoking, invest in yourself

Kick it in the butt: Stop smoking and start saving.

Scott Phillips It's time to forget your bad old habits and start living your financial life more healthily. Here's how.

HOT STOCK

Elders investors have little to beef about

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James Lennon It was close to being wound up, so the turnaround of the agribusiness is good news for investors.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Small investors can get their fingers burnt

Safe hands: Be wary of companies making placements, particularly when there's no share purchase plan attached.

Nathan Bell Many share issues favour large shareholders over small. How can you tell if you're being short-changed?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Running scared of shares has cost the cautious

Fear factor: There is a share market theory that a loss has three times the emotional impact of a gain which attempts to explain why stocks glide gently up like a hot air balloon but can plummet like stones when they come down.

Marcus Padley The GFC has left a big scar in the public's mind and many people are now highly share averse. More fool them.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting cash to work harder

Mark Bouris You may have missed it, but on Tuesday the RBA kept interest rates on hold. Again

INSIGHT

Big banks are far from bulletproof

Clancy Yeates It's important to remember that the big four would not escape a severe economic slump unscathed.

GETTING STARTED

Ignore the banks' squeals. They can take the pain

No need to panic: So long as banks can find somebody to lend to they will be on a gravy train.

David Potts Despite their objections to the Murray inquiry there's no clear and present danger to bank profits.

Discover smart ways to buy art

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Christine Long Getting a start in buying art doesn’t have to mean having the big bucks at the ready. If you’re determined, there are ways to make it accessible.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Forget Medibank noise and use your head

Laughing all the way to the bank: Finance Minister Mathias Corman at the Medibank share float.

Scott Phillips Why the fuss? Why the rush? It's just hype. And it's all part of the marketing machine.

HOT STOCK

Good times ahead for winemaker

Producer: Australian Vintage's focus is expected to deliver above average earnings growth over the medium-term.

James Lennon Smart management is expected to put Australian Vintage on an upward trajectory.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Source and story key to sale success

Lot 7. A pair of Chinese gilt-bronze Buddhist guardians. Ming Dynasty. Estimates. $40,000 to $60,000.

James Cockington When fakes and 'copies' abound, being able to establish that you have the genuine article is very important.