Property

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Top 10 money mistakes of the middle-aged

Graham Witcomb You're at the height of your career and you probably have a couple of extra mouths to feed. Here are the 10 biggest money mistakes to avoid in your 40s and 50s.

Kickstart 2016 with a financial health check

The new year is a good time to review your money goals.

Kate Jones The new year is an opportunity to reset your money management and build prosperity - like electrician Paul Buhagiar who paid down $26,000 of his home loan last year.

ASK NOEL

Are volatile shares worth the pain?

Keep in mind that it's normal to have four negative years out of every 10 if you are investing in the sharemarket.

Noel Whittaker A reader asks Noel Whittaker how dividend income overcomes the volatility of shares.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The number plates that are worth more than cars

James Cockington There are people driving around today with number plates worth more than their cars.

WELL HEELED

Finance: How to get comfortable with investing in shares

Melissa Browne If you think investing in the sharemarket is just a form of gambling but know you should learn more about it, read on.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage skateboards in hot demand

James Cockington Prices for vintage skateboards have taken off over the past 10 years or so.

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.

Five things to know from Warren Buffett's letter to investors

Over the past five decades, he has built the Omaha, Nebraska-based company into a sprawling enterprise with a stock portfolio valued at more than $US110 billion and interests in insurance, energy, manufacturing, media, retail and transportation.

Jessica Sier Investing sage Warren Buffett has delivered his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders; those fortunate holders of the $US200,000 stock.

INVESTMENT 101

The real definition of risk for investors

Scott Phillips  Throw away the textbooks: investment risk is not the same as volatility.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

For sale: art works by late portrait painter Judy Cassab

James Cockington Painter Judy Cassab left "an indelible mark on the story of Australian art", with her portraits of everyone from prime ministers to princesses.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: The beauty of dividends

Dividends are like turbocharged bank interest.

Scott Phillips Have you ever wondered why so many investors are enamoured with dividends?

MONEY BRAIN

Time for the next Big Short?

Catherine Robson Few films about finance make you laugh, are touching and leave you more informed than when you went in.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Australia's other great duopoly is literally pathological – Sonic and Primary

Graham Witcomb There's Coles and Woolies, Qantas and Virgin, but the new duopoly in town is Primary Health Care and Sonic Healthcare.

SUPER & FUNDS

Australian shares world beaters over 100 years

John Collett Australian shares have outperformed the global market over the past century, but local investors still need more exposure to international shares.

HER MONEY

Four ways to invest your money

Aurora Spa founder Lyndall Mitchell doesn't want the stress of a high-risk investment strategy.

Sally Patten Having the right mix of investments will help you to achieve your financial goals.

Households gear up for next phase of the solar revolution

Fiona Workman had solar panels installed on her roof two years ago.

David Potts Solar panels are landing on rooftops just as the Hills Hoist invaded backyards. If you're not solar-powered, you're not with it.

HOT STOCK

Hot stocks: KFC owner Collins Foods is taking flight again

Greg Smith Collins Foods' KFC business now represents around 85 per cent of total income, and has performed strongly in the past financial year, despite rising labour rates.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by the baby formula shortage.

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The 98 per cent of opportunities you're missing

Global brands such as Nike should be on the radar for Australian investors.

Scott Phillips Why do people willingly restrict themselves to 2 per cent of the market when it comes to shares?

THE HONEST BROKER

How to make money from having an opinion and not following the crowd

Come up with investment ideas for 2016 while lying by the pool.

Marcus Padley The neighbours turned on their Christmas lights last weekend, where did the year go?