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BOURIS ON MONEY

Ten things you must know about investing before you turn 30

Mark Bouris Money expert Mark Bouris shares basics investment principles for those aged 30 and under.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

British buyers under spell of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's Australian bush magic

Illustrations from Hoppity's House.

James Cockington Ida Rentoul Outhwaite is not exactly a household name in Australia but the artwork from her children's illustrations is worth tens of thousands of dollars in Britain.

BOURIS ON MONEY

How to make property investment pay off

Maintenance costs are tax deductible for property investors.

Mark Bouris Controlling costs is critical for successful investment.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Intelligent Investor: what to do when sharemarket yield becomes expensive

Cats get a buzz from catnip.

John Addis Four ways that investors accustomed to double-digit returns can adjust to the new era of low interest rates and bond yields.

PROPERTY

How landlords can protect themselves from nightmare tenants

Rogue tenants are a landlord's worst nightmare.

John Collett It's a property investor's worst nightmare – the rogue tenant who falls into rent arrears, or worse, causes malicious damage to the property.

MONEY MENTOR

Be warned: we're hard-wired for a financial fall

Warnings of danger are not always heeded, as proved at a Newcastle beach.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon My three year old is climbing – then jumping off – ever taller objects. Far taller already than it's possible for my short self to reach.

Most innovative investment of all caused the global financial crisis

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John Collett Whenever I hear the term "innovation" in connection with financial services, I think about the rocket scientists who came up with one of the most innovative investments of all time.

Mossgreen auction of Max Dupain photos includes Sydney architecture and industry work

Sydney Opera House with Tilers, 1972, by Max Dupain.

James Cockington Photographer Max Dupain's lesser known commercial photography tracks the development of Sydney, from the construction of the Opera House and the first skyscrapers to industrial sites around the city.

INSIGHT

Property market: Will record low interest rates unleash another housing boom?

There are good reasons why lower interest rates won't refuel the housing boom.

Clancy Yeates Households probably can't afford to pile on even more debt and bid up house prices much further.

ASK NOEL

Ask Noel: Confusion over rules on non-concessional contribution to superannuation

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers questions from readers.

WELL HEELED

The advantages of renting over home ownership

Renting might deliver more freedom and options than home ownership, especially if you hedge your bets with an investment property.

Melissa Browne Australians give lip service to wanting freedom and options, but how we're behaving with our money tells quite a different story.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting ahead in a low-interest rate environment

Mark Bouris The low interest rates are not welcomed by savers and retirees, but there are opportunities to maximise your returns.

MONEY MENTOR

Monthly mortgage payments fall $254 in five months

The Great Australian Dream of property ownership is not dead, but it needs to shift away from the white picket fence.

Nicole Pedersen McKinnon It's not going to be much consolation to frustrated would-be first-home buyers, but monthly repayments on the average new mortgage are $254 less than they were at Australia's borrowing peak in...

Granny flats - turning backyards into gold

Maria Krohn has built a granny flat in her back garden and is renting it out via Airbnb.

John Collett and Caitlin Fitzsimmons Granny flats are proliferating like crazy, at least in NSW where the rules are much more relaxed than in Victoria.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: compile a watchlist of companies you like and wait for opportunity

Scott Phillips If you understand a company's strategy, management and opportunity, you'll be ready to pounce when the market next throws the baby out with the bathwater.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race Week 2: leader plots a map to success

Vanessa Desloires There's been a shake up in the ranks this week, and one clever tipster has shot from fifth to first place on a bet in volatile small cap stocks.

Rate cut puts savers in a pickle, but good for borrowers

Borrowers could soon see their repayments fall considerably if lenders pass on the full cut in the official cash rate.

John Collett Changes in the official cash rate always create winners and losers. Irene Dumer is one of the winners.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Contemporary art collectors seek next big thing

Mirka Mora's 1972 painting Mermaids and Friends sold for $3400.

James Cockington Keen buyers at the latest Leonard Joel fine art auction were ''all looking for the Brett Whiteley of the future''.

NEGATIVE GEARING

How investors outgun first home buyers

The auction trail can be dispiriting for first home buyers.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's not just that one in three buyers are investors, it's also that they're disproportionately competing with first-home buyers.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: It's not just about what a company does, but what it has

Scott Phillips In recent weeks, we've been looking at some of the attributes of a great company, on the premise that the better the business, the greater our chance of investment success.