Commercial Property


Why unlisted trusts offer a second chance property boom

David Potts Listed real estate trusts (REITs) have been quietly going about their businesss of beating the market, though that wouldn't have been hard.


How investors can plug into the solar boom

Solar energy specialist Jake Steele, Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon and Tom Nockolds from Pingala have the answer to

David Potts You can ride the solar boom even if you rent, live in an apartment or in the shade.


George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

Retirement plans should take account of longer lifespans.

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by the baby formula shortage.

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.


Chairs that are too valuable to sit on

The Le Corbusier cowhide and chrome chaise longue.

James Cockington  When is a chair not a chair? When it's a design icon.


Hot tip for selling old Playboys

Vintage <i>Playboy</i> magazines are hot property for collectors.

James Cockington Collectors could be more interested in old issues of Hugh Hefner's girlie magazine now that it has announced it will stop publishing pictures of fully naked women.


Check out these dollar dazzlers

Small stocks are often overlooked by the market and present opportunities larger stocks may not.

David Potts Where might you find some dazzling stocks for a dollar or less?


Why and how to invest in a Cayman Islands hedge fund

John Collett

John Collett Money checks the facts behind the attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over his family investments in the Cayman Islands.


Bitcoin Group on the block

Bitcoin miners are likely to remain capital-intensive, low-margin businesses.

Andrew Legget One way to invest in Bitcoin is to get in on the ground floor with the IPO of 'Australia's biggest Bitcoin miner'. But it might be a bit risky.


Swinging bling in vogue again

A selection of items made by Charles de Temple to be sold by Shapiro Auctioneers in Sydney on October 20.

James Cockington Jewellery is hot right now as those with some spare cash invest in precious jewels rather than under-performing stocks and shares.


Make your money mistakes work for you

Even seemingly sweet deals can go wrong.

Barbara Drury Successful investors regard their missteps as valuable learning experiences. You can learn from them too.


Are the banks cheap yet?

Banks may not be the investment they once were.

Scott Phillips  They're the stocks we love to love, but 2015 has been tough.


Is an SMSF property investment worth it?

Richard Livingston  If you're going to play in this space it's important that you understand the rules, what needs to go right and what could potentially go wrong.


Are four walls still safe as houses?

Dean and Sally Lewis, with their children Bronte and Dan, have been buying and renovating houses for 25 years.

David Potts Unlike the share market, property is unlikely to plummet but will prices keep on climbing?


Just the ticket for MCC collectors

This membership pass in the form of a ticket, from the 1879/80 season, was the best performer in the Perth auction. It sold for $1700.

James Cockington MCC members badges have a special place in the hearts of sporting memorabilia fans.


Law firm set to strike it rich

Rosemary Laing, Grounded (Red Piazza). Yours for between $8000 and $12,000.

James Cockington Minter Ellison's new, open-plan office has left it with no place for its art collection. It's hoping to make as much as $500,000 from selling it off.


Pick a tracker that doesn't lose the scent

One of the first myths of index investing is that an index fund allows you to

Richard Livingston ETFs (and other index funds) are low-cost, but they're not zero-cost, and fund returns will always lag the market.


Breaking the mould

Ken Neale sits on a Vacario chair. He sells them for between $1500 and $1600.

Stephen Crafti Designer plastic furniture is getting harder to find - and prices are rising.


Grosvenor School prints in a class of their own

Ethel Spowers 'The Giant Stride' is expected to fetch between $20,000  and $30,000.

James Cockington The London art world is slavering for inter-war prints. Australian collectors can pick up some fine examples this month.


The property boom we had to have

David Potts

David Potts With the lowest lending rates ever, this is the property boom we had to have.