Share Market

SHARES RACE

Shares Race Week 2: leader plots a map to success

Vanessa Desloires There's been a shake up in the ranks this week, and one clever tipster has shot from fifth to first place on a bet in volatile small cap stocks.

NOEL WHITTAKER

High-income earners to turn to insurance bonds instead of super

Noel Whittaker As a result of the changes to superannuation announced in the budget, high-income earners will be looking for other ways to build wealth. One product springs to mind – insurance bonds.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Which companies will benefit from the falling dollar

Winner: Westfield owns shopping malls overseas such as this one in London.

Scott Phillips Investors can also benefit - or lose - when the currency falls.

THE HONEST BROKER

Good investment practice means tuning out the noise and looking to the long term

Investors: don't get distracted by the short term, but stick to your knitting.

Listening to, reading and watching reactionary research, commentary and media on a 24-hour basis makes you dumber not smarter.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Why your investment portfolio may be more risky than you think

If you have a LeBron James on your team, make the most of it.

Graham Witcomb Good diversification is about reducing risks, not merely adding more stocks.

Four rules for investing in uncertain times

John Manuel Owing BHP and Rio Tinto isn't diversification, nor is owning a rental property down the road from your own home.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: compile a watchlist of companies you like and wait for opportunity

Scott Phillips If you understand a company's strategy, management and opportunity, you'll be ready to pounce when the market next throws the baby out with the bathwater.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: how to judge a company by its chiefs

Scott Phillips The best chief executives understand their business intimately… and love it.

NOEL WHITTAKER

The beauty of dividends for investors

Noel Whittaker Don't forget that it is the after-tax return of investments that counts and that is where franked dividends come into their own.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: It's not just about what a company does, but what it has

Scott Phillips In recent weeks, we've been looking at some of the attributes of a great company, on the premise that the better the business, the greater our chance of investment success.

SHARES RACE

Neck and neck in first week of a new Shares Race

Tim Handley, CEO of Latam Autos. Illustration: David Rowe

John Collett It's the first week of a new Shares Race and past achievements count for nothing.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: never buy from private equity

Myer's share price has never reached the IPO height.

Scott Phillips Any time you read "accepted wisdom", you should ask yourself whether that's simply code for "I just use the same tired cliches as everyone else".

Market's small fry do better than blue chips

John Collett

John Collett Despite the Australian sharemarket being dragged down by the banks and miners the market's newbie listings are flying high.

Investment 101

Motley Fool: Modern day moats

Look out for companies that surround themselves with

Scott Phillips The best companies in Australia are surrounded by moats – although not the ones you are thinking of.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Is the China milk boom over?

White gold: Chinese demand for milk products such as powdered milk for babies is set to grow.

Scott Phillips The new gold rush is for 'white gold' - in the form of milk powder.

WELL HEELED

There is more than tax to consider when negatively gearing a property

Negative gearing is where a loan is used to buy an asset, such as a property, and there is a loss between the income generated and the interest and expenses.

Melissa Browne Negative gearing - what is it and how can you make it work for you?

ASSET CHECK

Reserve Bank and election guarantee an unsettling time for investors

The Reserve Bank has warned of an oversupply of apartments.

Daryl Dixon By highlighting the increased risk for both investors and the banking system of an oversupply of apartments and commercial real estate, the Reserve Bank has added to the normal uncertainty facing...

THE HONEST BROKER

The difference between investing and being invested

Marcus Padley The danger of passive investing under the mantle of a long-term focus is highlighted by the fact that most of the 10 biggest stocks in Australia have a share price lower than one, five or 10 years...

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Finance: Own airline shares? Sell them, tips Motley Fool investment advisor

Scott Phillips Qantas has done well for investors. Perhaps for not much longer.

BANKS

Big bank 'dividend trade' far from over, analysts say

Most investors and super fund members own shares in the Big 4 banks.

John Collett Increasing bad debt provisions, dividends under threat and falling share prices are giving long-term big-bank shareholders pause to think.