Commercial Property

Property investors warned on land tax

John Collett Buy-to-let boom drives NSW State Government to issue warning to landlords.

CHASING YIELD

Join hunt for a plan that pays

Dogged: Carefully check options to sniff out reliable returns.

David Potts Must rate cuts mean a pay cut? There are ways to get a better income for only slightly more risk.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Scary art at monster prices

James Cockington Prices for rare cinema posters have soared over the past decade, with collectors particularly attracted by gaudy horror and sci-fi.

BUILDING WEALTH

Property investment is all about choices

Choices are crucial

Max Newnham The success or failure of investing in property is all about the decisions you make.

GLASS DARKLY

Shady business

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Stephen Crafti Vintage sunglasses are the thing to be seen in this summer. And they can be worth a pretty penny.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

It was a pretty good year in the auction houses

James Cockington There’s a sense of cautious optimism in the auction houses as the market steadily recovers from the GFC.

Frankingly my dear, I can't credit it

David Potts The drums are beating louder against one of the best tax breaks ever invented.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Blue chips post records

Howard Arkley's Large House With Fence (1998).

James Cockington Experts have noticed that results of fine art auctions seem to echo those of the real estate market.

SHORT CHANGE

A leg of briefs

Clothing and entertainment: Choice says households are being forced to spend less.

John Potts Budgeting? ASIC has an app for that.

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Confidence: Marcus Moufarrige and Alf Moufarrige of Servcorp at the office in Sydney.

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Klassic Kombi: Micro bus, macro price

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James Cockington A new Australian record is likely to be set next week, with a restored 1966 version nicknamed Buster expected to clear $70,000.

BUYING TO LET

Patchy outlook for investors

Building wealth.

John Collett Record-low interest rates have been driving property prices higher. But borrowing won’t always be cheap and, if you’re thinking of buying to let, you will need to tread carefully.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Don't wait to be waited on, go find out for yourself

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Marcus Padley Having the edge on the share market is not about having the information that affects a share price, it's about handling that information more efficiently.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's the best investment strategy for mother's inheritance?

Do your research: Some ethical investment funds have done very well, but your elderly mother may not likely the volatility, so you might look around for ethical balanced funds, preferably with a large, safe institution.

George Cochrane She wants a safe investment that can be liquidated quickly should she need money to go into a nursing home.

BUILDING WEALTH

Auction tips from those who know

Peter Cerexhe Can you win at property auctions through superior tactics? Auctioneers of fine art, livestock and office furniture offer their tips.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Money lessons from the Melbourne Cup

Harness the benefits: Learn financial lessons from the Melbourne Cup.

Scott Phillips The race that stops a nation can help you improve your financial position.

GETTING STARTED

Ignore the banks' squeals. They can take the pain

No need to panic: So long as banks can find somebody to lend to they will be on a gravy train.

David Potts Despite their objections to the Murray inquiry there's no clear and present danger to bank profits.

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Should you stash cash in the Caymans?

You've got it, but where do you stash it?

David Wilson Despite their freedom from income tax, these Caribbean islands may not be the haven they seem.

BUILDING WEALTH

Property trusts up, but danger lurks if investors overpay

Foreign investors are currently getting a good return from Australian property investments.

John Collett They may be less risky than before the financial crisis, but listed property trusts are vulnerable to rises in interest rates.