POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE

Open up to a world of market gains

David Potts   Sharemarkets almost everywhere around the world are booming - and they're putting our market to shame.

Features

BUDGET NIGHT

What we can lose on Budget night - and what must stay

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon   They've said the Budget will be 'dull'. That doesn't mean there won't be changes. Here's what might happen.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Steaming in for nautical auction

James Cockington   Finding a million or two to buy Australia's finest steam-powered yacht might not necessarily be a problem. But is it a good investment?

ASK NOEL

How can we help our daughter?

Noel Whittaker   Divorced parents happy to give a leg up onto the property ladder.

WELL-HEELED

Be wise and play like an adult

Melissa Browne   We want to have a great time with our finances for however long we're able to – but it's important to play a grown-up game.

ON THE MONEY

Reserve Bank adds fire-water to the punch bowl

John Collett   After wrong-footing most market watchers in March and April, the Reserve Bank had little choice but to cut rates this time around.

NICE NECKWEAR

Knot to be sniffed at

Stephen Crafti   Collecting vintage neckwear isn't just about colour and movement – there's money in it too.

GETTING STARTED

Overcoming your irrational inner self

David Potts   When you buy a Lotto ticket do you choose your own numbers?

Consumers shy away from credit

Clancy Yeates   Expensive forms of personal credit are on the nose, recent figures suggest.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Open to ideas for growing savings

George Cochrane   My mother's 93 and will – at some point – leave me a significant sum. What's the best way to make it work for me?

Columns

TIME FOR A CHANGE

Let's fix the system with a flat tax on funds

Richard Livingston   Showing leadership on super is not going to make the opinion polls sing or produce a budget surplus, so we can probably forget about radical overhauls any time soon.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Younger generation lead the charge into SMSFs

Olivia Maragna   Most people setting up their own self-managed super fund are under 44.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Using shares to top up your pension pot

Scott Phillips   If you can stomach some volatility, shares could be just the tonic your super needs.

UNDER THE RADAR

How a small cap miner doubled despite a weak copper price

Richard Hemming   Highlands Pacific's stock had doubled in the past month and is now up 50 per cent since the start of March.

Q & A: Ask an Expert

Time to invest?

Noel Whittaker   What's the best plan for this low interest rate environment?

Labor's super policy

Noel Whittaker   How would plans to tax withdrawals work?

Contribution limits

Noel Whittaker   What are the rules about concessional contributions to super?

Super decision

Noel Whittaker   What are the best strategies for my super?