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Bumper financial year returns could be as good as it gets

John Collett Improving global growth and profits as well as low interest rates have underpinned very strong returns for sharemarkets.

BRICKX offers fractional ownership of residential property for investors

Fractional ownership of investment property is a first for Australia

John Collett Petar Sabados wants to buy an investment property; but he needs to save the deposit.

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Investors falling foul of rules on tax-deductible interest

If you're claiming interest on an investment loan for a tax deduction, you need to keep it 100 per cent separate from your living expenses.

Noel Whittaker It is still common for people to find themselves in financial strife because they do not understand the tax implications of their actions.

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How a Millennial investor is using index funds and robo-advice

Carol Saffer When Damian was born, his grandmother bought him a couple of hundred dollars of Telstra shares. Now at 22, he has $25,000 invested in index funds.

Sharemarket investing for the smashed avocado generation

Frustrated millennials can get a taste of the sharemarket.

Jessica Irvine So, you've given up the dream of home ownership – for the moment, at least.

Taking the blame is part of the deal in financial advice

Marcus Padley Blame comes with the territory in all financial advice. It's why any agent gets paid commission.

Millennials are better with money than I was in my 20s

Millennials are not eschewing property ownership for avocado breakfasts - they're turning to share investment.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons A relative paid my HECS debt when I was 25. I'll always be grateful but if I could turn back time, I would have asked him to teach me how to invest instead.

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How to figure out compound growth in your head using the Rule of 72

The Rule of 72 makes complex calculations easier to do in your head – without an abacus or calculator.

Noel Whittaker You don't have to be a mathematician to use the Rule of 72. It's simple, but once you understand how to use it, you'll wonder how you got by without it.

Noel Whittaker gives his verdict on micro-investment app Acorns

The Acorns app rounds up each purchase you make and stores it in an investment portfolio for you.

Noel Whittaker For years I have been going on about the power of investing small sums of money.

Women make better investors than men

Sallie Krawcheck, formerly chief executive of Citigroup and Bank of America, says for a time she bought into the myth that men were better at finance.

Georgina Dent Women are more risk averse and this translates positively in returns.

Most investors are too focused on tax rather than fundamentals

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker There is anecdotal evidence that regulatory measures and budget proposals are having an effect on the housing market, which is a sad reflection on the mentality of the average property investor.

Budget 2017: If you want to avoid an unwelcome tax slug it's time to get moving

It's time for action.

Melissa Browne What you might want to consider doing before the end of the financial year to minimise losses and maximise opportunities.

It's bonds to the rescue as the needle points up for interest rates

Danica Hampton Younger investors may never have made decisions in the environment we are heading into.

The best-performing asset class of the past five years

A-REITs have done very well, including ALE Property Group, which owns pubs.

John Collett The best-performing asset class of the past five years are the listed trusts that own commercial property.

How to protect yourself from housing bubble downside

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Melissa Browne.

Melissa Browne When looking at investing in property, you need to build in a buffer to help you withstand any dramatic changes.

Margin loans are bad for your financial health

Leverage magnifies both losses and gains.

Scott Phillips Borrowing to invest. The idea is almost as old as investing itself.

Motley Fool: What China collapse?

A few months ago the smartest people in finance were waxing lyrical on whether the Chinese landing would be

Scott Phillips What's the greatest threat to the world economy and our economic prosperity?

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Defence housing offers a defensive yield in low-interest times

Ben Hurley The low-interest rate environment is driving rising numbers of private investors to put some of their money into housing for Australian Defence Force members.

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Investing in defence housing: do the numbers stack up?

Ben Hurley Investment homes leased back to Defence Housing Australia for housing military personnel become a key part of many Australians' investment portfolios, and at first glance there is little not to like.

Women investors share their success stories

Kaye Rees (right) founder of Trading for Blondes investment club with (left to right) three other members, Leigh Montague, Sue Poon, Cheryl Moseley.

John Collett Women are increasingly building share portfolios by themselves or in groups.