Residential Property


Savers say deposit accounts are best option

Clancy Yeates Interest rates on bank deposits are miserable, but apparently the humble savings account is as popular as ever.


Turns out greed not that good after all

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley Stockbrokers' child or small European nation - the culture of easy credit has got us all into a world of trouble.


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.


Shares: What are you really buying?

Scott Phillips Don't let the so-called ''experts'' tell you it's too hard.


Even fake Kangaroos come at a premium

This strip of three pale blue/green one-shilling stamps, with JBC monogram attached, is one of only two known to have survived.

James Cockington Kangaroo and Map stamps are so popular among collectors that counterfeits have attained a certain cachet.

Burnt by Sydney property prices? Head south

Melbourne, recently.

John Collett As Sydney prices soar, property developer hopes to convince investors to look at opportunities elsewhere.


End game as the global bond bubble bursts

It's a scarey time on global money markets.

David Potts Even scarier than a Sydney home auction in full flight are the global money markets when they get going.


Can I still bank on my bank shares?


Scott Phillips As they say, the trend is your friend … until it comes to an end.


Time for a mature debate on house prices

Both the Reserve Bank and Treasury believe we are at risk from a housing bubble.

Gareth Hutchens Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week missed a genuine chance to talk maturely about a serious topic.


Rookies beware: top four sharemarket mistakes

Just because I can cut wood and hammer nails doesn't mean I should build a house.

Marcus Padley Having a smartphone doesn't make you an expert in the sharemarket. Here's four mistakes any rookie can make.


Sculthorpe sale sure to lure its share of stickybeaks

This Chinese gilt bronze figure from the late Ming Dynasty is possibly Mahasthamaprapta, a disciple of Gautama Buddha. Estimate: $8000 to $10,000.

James Cockington Held in the home where Peter Sculthorpe composed most of his music, the auction of his estate is expected to attract a diverse crowd.


How to turn $10,000 into $280,000 (and more)

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

It requires less work than you think.

Changes lead to investment blues

Mark Bouris.

Mark Bouris You'll often hear me ''preaching'' to Australians to get informed about their finances and to learn what the market offers. That's because being informed helps you make good decisions.


Professional investors lift their exposure to global shares

John Collett.

John Collett Professional investors are lifting their investment in overseas shares and reducing their exposure to Australian shares.


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.


A light at the end of the tunnel for savers

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

David Potts The bank deposit tax went AWOL in the budget and that isn't the only good news for savers. Term deposit rates might be a lost cause but even then there's some hope.


'Sticky beak' factor pays off for collectors

Bonhams' sale of property developer Warren Anderson's assorted treasures earned $13.1 million.

James Cockington For those contemplating selling a collection, the big question is how much will they get out of it?


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.


Brack on the block

The Jockey and His Wife, sold at Bonhams' 2013 Grundy auction in Sydney for $1,159,000 (est $600,000 - $800,000).

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


Developers paying brokers for investors’ names

John Collett dinkus Dinkus

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