Share Market

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Spread yourself out, but not too thinly

Richard Livingston Diversification is about minimising the impact of luck and improving the odds of getting an outcome closer to what you expect.

UNDER THE RADAR

Why bother with gold stocks?

A collection of one kilogram gold bars are seen at London bullion dealers Gold Investments Ltd. in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Gold traders are split on whether bullion will plunge into its first bear market since 2008 as economies improve or rally as central banks buy more debt. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Richards Hemming There are opportunities to make big money in the yellow metal sector.

MONEY LESSONS

ASX game gives students a taste of trading

ASX

Tony Hunter Long running game lets first-timers become familiar with the basics of investing in the sharemarket.

HOT STOCK

QBE takes a hit, but could be good value

Fight back: The foundations exist for a successful turnaround for QBE.

Greg Smith The market recognises that QBE stock still trades at a discount to peers, reports Greg Smith.

HOT STOCK

Get some skin in the chicken game with KFC owner

Greg Smith Given the healthy outlook for growth and a fully franked dividend, Collins Foods is well worth looking at.

UNDER THE RADAR

Reckon? It looks like a good punt

Looking up: Reckon’s shares are bouncing back.

Richard Hemming Accounting software specialist Reckon is walking the walk when it comes to its online product suite.

THE CHARTIST

REA Group's strong surge running out of puff

Take-off point: A screengrab shows the state of play for Realestate.co.au on August 6, 2012.

Rod Myer REA Group has been one of the standout performers on the Australian market - but will its run continue?.

MARKETS

Prospects good for share investors

Daryl Dixon While the hunt for yield has definitely boosted share prices, the prospects for investors remain good.

IPOs

Shot in arm for health sector

Good investment: Private healthcare companies are  popular with fund managers.

David Potts A rush from investors for the Healthscope float has many hoping that Medibank will follow suit

THE CHARTIST

Wall Street charges on - but are US stocks marching into bubble territory?

ABOUT TO BURST? :The United States stock market has seen plenty of action since the darkest days of the global financial crisis.

Rod Myer Recent weakness on the US stock market and the effects of quantitative easing have investors asking whether the US equity markets are moving into the danger zone.

UNDER THE RADAR

Buy cheap and be patient

Showing potential: Elders benefits from rising cattle volumes.

Richard Hemming Private equity groups are interested in rural services group Elders. You should be too.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Relax. ETFs will take care of themselves

Less effort: ETFs require fewer administrative decisions.

Marcus Padley Exchange Traded Funds allow investors to build diversified portfolios with minimal cost and effort.

UNDER THE RADAR

Big returns in low-cost retirement and housing

Richard Hemming Investors are piling into small cap stocks that are catering for those retiring or looking for a low entry point into the property market.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Investing lessons from a turbulent decade

Ditch the crystal ball: You don't need to predict the future to do well on the sharemarket.

Nathan Bell From massive highs to huge lows the past 10 years have been interesting times - and a perfect learning opportunity.

HOT STOCK

Suncorp steadies ship for investors

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Greg Smith Technology initiatives, stripping out costs and divesting the non-core bank division have helped restore the insurer's fortunes.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six questions for your financial planner

Compromised? Ask the right questions to see whether you're getting independent advice.

John Addis OPINION Most investors need reliable financial advice. The problem is in finding it.

UNDER THE RADAR

Of small telcos and big gorillas

Positive connection: Nobody really knows what the NBN will mean for them.

Richard Hemming Junior telecommunications stocks have had a great run. There are signs that might change.

SHARE RACE

Chartist leaps in front to move from first to last

Vanessa Desloires Depending who you talk to, picking winners in the stock market can either be a delicate science of educated guessing, or something written in the stars.

INSIGHT

Low interest rates likely to keep high-yielding shares in favour

Clancy Yeates Low interest rates have put a rocket under share prices this financial year. The search for yield is likely to continue in 2014-15.

GETTING STARTED

Starting your own business could be the best investment of all

Melissa Browne The financial reward of your own business is worth considering when deciding how to grow your money.