Property

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: diversification, risk and volatility

Scott Phillips When designing your investment goals, you need to decide where you want to be, when, and with what level of volatility.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Don't invest by looking backwards

Scott Phillips  The rear vision mirror isn't for looking forwards - extrapolation from the past can lead investors astray.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to spot a future share price disaster

A few minutes studying a financial report can save you from a fall.

James Greenhalgh The first rule of sharemarket investing isn't to make money but not to lose it.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race: Week 3

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens gave a slapdown in central banker speak.

Gareth Hutchens The Dartboard still reigns. Richard Pritchard is still coming second. But they're the only contestants who remain in the black.

YOUR QUESTIONS

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.

MONEY BRAIN

Candid Camera and the danger of consensus thinking

Candid Camera, which ran for more than 30 years, was a good example for how going with the crowd could make you look silly.

Catherine Robson As Candid Camera demonstrated during its 30 years on air, fear of being different can make us do some very stupid things, particularly when it comes to managing money.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

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.

A mild correction forecast for house prices

Apartment prices in Sydney and Melbourne are expected to decline more sharply than houses.

John Collett Leading forecaster BIS Shrapnel says property prices in Sydney and Melbourne will experience a "mild correction" during the next three years.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The multimillion-dollar business of stamp collecting

The Arthur Gray Collection of King George V stamps.

James Cockington Stamp collections can be worth serious money, such as Arthur Gray's collection of King George V stamps estimated to sell for up to $4 million.

MONEY BRAIN

What a transport strike can teach you about money

Melbourne CBD during the August tram strike. Use a nudge, such as a strike, to help you set up a financial safety net.

Catherine Robson Transport strikes are frustrating but research suggests they can lead to productivity gains over time - and you can apply the same lessons to your personal finances.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The fine art of downsizing

A French three-piece clock garniture by Raingo of Paris. Estimate: $30,000 to $50,000.

James Cockington Downsizing can be a profoundly therapeutic experience, and in some cases generate a considerable profit.

DOLLAR DAZZLERS

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?

What the Westpac loan hike could cost you

Westpac variable loan customers could pay $63 more a month.

Kate Cowling Home owners with a Westpac variable loan have been encouraged to shop around after a surprise rate rise that could add more than $20,000 to a 30-year loan.

FACT CHECK

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.

BAD TIMING

'Time in the market' is a slogan, not a strategy

Time is not always on your side.

Richard Livingston The price you pay for a stock is the key to making money from the share market.

HOT STOCK

End of China's explosive growth not end of Incitec Pivot story

Signs are good for a potential share price appreciation.

Andrew Blackmore Prospects for fertiliser and explosives maker hinge on two engines – the US economy and the industrialisation of Asia.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

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.

BOUNCING BACK

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.

YOUR SAY

Don't let your vote go to waste

Meet new friends and influential people at your next AGM.

David Potts If you're a shareholder you'll have been invited to the company AGM. Make sure you go.