Investing

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Using shares to top up your pension pot

Scott Phillips   Cash could be the greatest risk of all.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Where could investment property profit find a home?

A well planned strategy can maximise your benefits in retirement from the sale of an investment property.

George Cochrane   We're selling up and want to know the best plan for salting away the proceeds.

A MINER BLIP

Down times are suitable for miners

After years of declining share prices, some experts say the mining sector has hit bottom.

David Potts   Some insiders say mining stocks have hit the bottom and are ripe for the plucking. Others urge caution.

COILLECTING

Art world's big hitter back on the block

John Brack, First Daughter 1955 
Estimate $600,000-$800,000.

James Cockington   The art world is excited about John Brack's 'First Daughter', which is going under the hammer next week.

SELF-DEFENCE

Protection always comes at a price

Erecting barriers against market downturns is not a cost-free exercise.

David Potts    A share fund designed to preserve capital with similar dividend yields to the banks, only cheaper, will list next month.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six signs of a successful acquisition

Not all mergers are successful.

Nathan Bell   Be wary when it comes to takeovers - unless there are excellent strategic and financial reasons why two plus two will equal five.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Where to next for the Australian dollar?

It's difficult to create a scenario where the US/Australia comparison doesn't further favour the US in the months and maybe years ahead.

Scott Phillips   It's been a bumpy ride, but heading overseas could get more expensive

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Brack on the block

John Brack. First Daughter 1955. Up for auction this month. Estimate $550,000-$750,000.

James Cockington   A painting from John Brack's golden period is going under the hammer this month. Big things are expected.

GETTING STARTED

MYOB keeps its head in the clouds

There are plenty of figures surrounding the float of MYOB.

David Potts   The biggest share float since Medibank Private is MYOB, not that you'd know. Even Spotless aroused more passion.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The modern way to furnish it

Lot 33, a pair of Kai Kristiansen chairs in original Missoni fabric, estimate $800-$1200 (Denmark).

James Cockington   Something to furnish your investment property with - or more in keeping with your home?

MONEY'S PROPERTY SPECIAL

Pensioners' poser: nest - or divest?

Many retirees find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place once they try to downsize.

Barbara Drury   The garden's too big, there's too many steps to the front door – it's time to move to somewhere smaller. So what's stopping you? Well...

INSIGHT

Don't ignore the signs when it comes to yield

Clancy Yeates dinkus Dinkus

Clancy Yeates   The house price boom in Australia's two biggest cities is crunching the most immediate source of return for property investors: rental yields.

SUPER & FUNDS

Developers paying brokers for investors’ names

Warning bells should sound if a development is being "talked-up".

John Collett   Some off-the-plan property developers are making payments to mortgage brokers in return for sales leads.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Building wealth for share-loving investors

Share investors with a property bent will find it hard to go past Westfield.

Scott Phillips   Here’s a way to have your cake and eat it, too.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Short term or long, whichever fits best

Investment choices depends on where you want to park your money.

Marcus Padley   Investors should be asking which investment is best suited to their own personal disposition, urgency, risk appetite and personality.

EXPERT TIPS

Netting a better rental return

When deciding how much rent you could achieve, do your own homework.

Nina Hendy   Squeezing every possible dollar out of your rental income is top of mind for every landlord. Here’s how the experts do it.

HOT PROPERTY

Gold Coast's latest boom on horizon

Gold Coast property prices have left the doldrums and appear to be about to soar.

Angus Geddes   After seven fallow post-GFC years, Gold Coast property is possibly poised for a fresh boom.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Sweet lessons from Nutella

The taste and ease of use of Nutella have made it an international hit.

Gaurav Sodhi   Michele Ferrero ran his hugely successful business by following the maxim of doing something different and sticking at it.

Go and get stuffed!

Whimsy: Bunny Carriage, by Julia deVille.

Stephen Crafti   Revived interest in preserved animals is causing a surge of interest at the same time as young artists are taking take taxidermy into uncharted territory.

TIP OF THE WEEK

If it's in fashion it'll leave you out of pocket

What's in fashion now can easily fall out of favour.

Michael Hutton   Following the latest investment fads can cost you in the long term.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six ways for a girl to get started in investing

It's important to get your children to learn about the value of saving and investing, without scaring them off.

John Addis   It's never too early to begin and these tips should help get the ball rolling.

ON THE CREDIT SIDE

Dividend franking gains a reprieve

Money, franking

David Potts   Relax. The fact Treasury thought better of mentioning one of the major arguments against franking suggests it's not fussed either way.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chance to own a small piece of our history

Nine carat gold brooch with a kookaburra on a branch, by Duggin, Shappere & Co. Melbourne, $2500.

James Cockington   With Gallipoli's centenary approaching, pieces with a martial theme are catching the eye.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Still got some chocolate left? You're in luck

Softie: The ability to delay gratification can put you a step ahead on the investment journey.

Scott Phillips   Science proves that the way you treat treats as a kid colours your approach to investment in later life.

HOT STOCK

Australian Bauxite on a roll

Australian Bauxite's Campbell Town mining centre looks likely to generate robust operating margins.

David Lennox   Tasmanian operations are just the start for the aluminium ore producer.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Your bear market survival guide

 

Nathan Bell   The best time to plan for a bear market is when things are going well, as they are now.

GETTING STARTED

Why an ETF suits couch potatoes

David Potts

David Potts   Exchange traded funds are the first step in for the novice. I’d never leave home without one, frankly.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

The Whack-a-Mole world of dividend stripping

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley   The golden rule of dividend stripping is that you only ever buy a stock for a sustainable dividend.

INSIGHT

Iron ore falls off cliff but markets keep on climbing

The ASX 200 climbing as the price of iron ore tumbles is in contrast to historical trends.

Clancy Yeates   What Australia gets paid for its most valuable export has fallen off a cliff, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the share market.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Not to be sniffed at

Four of a set of 12 Chinese inside-painted   Twenty-four Filial Exemplars glass snuff bottles, by Liu Ziyi  dated 1986,  sold for $9150 IBP (estimate $3000-€“$4000).

James Cockington   Small, but perfectly formed, Chinese snuff bottles are a blooming market for both local and overseas collectors.