Property

Motley Fool: What's a defensive investor to do?

Scott Phillips China hasn't had a hard landing, property keeps rising, and cash returns are low ... it's been an expensive time to be a defensive investor.

Investing in your own name can be more tax-effective than super

The main point of superannuation as an investment vehicle is it's tax effective.

Noel Whittaker The pending changes to superannuation could force people to think outside the box and end up much better off by doing so.

Collectors pluck 19th century harps from obscurity

A French early 19th century mahogany harp, signed Pleyel & Co., Paris. It sold for $8000 IBP.

James Cockington Melbourne auctioneer Christian McCann is not a noted harp player but has become the go-to-man if you want to buy or sell one.

Motley Fool: Time to sell your bank shares

Scott Phillips Investors should take more than just a passing interest in our banks this reporting season.

Dear CEOs, this reporting season, please give it to us straight

Investors should look beyond the spin during reporting season.

Scott Phillips Spinning the company results may result in a short-term gain for investors, but substance is what matters in the longer term.

Are doctors financially healthy?

Catherine Robson

Catherine Robson Many assume doctors are rich. But in many ways they face more headwinds than most.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Bejewelled animal brooches are back in vogue

Lot 117: 18ct gold, emerald, ruby and onyx 'Chat Malicieux' brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1955. Estimate $12,000-18,000. Image: supplied

James Cockington Van Cleef & Arpels' menagerie series was aimed at a younger market when it was released - and now it's come of age.

Proposed listing rule changes may lock small investors out of sharemarket floats

John Collett If changes to the listing rules proposed by the Australian Securities Exchange go through, small private investors may be locked out of sharemarket floats.

Why I changed my superannuation strategy for the US election

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's time to tune into the US election. You may not get a vote, but you can prepare - financially at least.

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How to save the planet and enjoy better investment returns

Roxane Ingleton is active politically and in how she invests.

John Collett Investors who invest ethically are helping their hip-pocket as well as the planet. And it's catching on. What used to be on the fringes of investing is moving mainstream.

Motley Fool: Investing for income in a low-rate world

Scott Phillips Lower rates are wonderful for borrowers, of course, but they're a huge headache for those living from their investments, or those who are pursuing a strategy of reinvesting that income to increase...

THE HONEST BROKER

Beware Yanks selling Airbnb shares in the latest scam

In days gone by, scammers would sell the Brooklyn Bridge. Now they have other tricks.

Marcus Padley If someone calls trying to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, you'd run a mile. It's no different if they're offering Airbnb shares instead.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Scrapbooks kept by Johnny O'Keefe's mum highlight of digital exhibition

An early photo of Johnny O'Keefe performing.

James Cockington Once considered worthless, scrapbooks are now very valuable in the historic sense as well as monetary value.

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ASSET CHECK

Investment strategies for after the election

Daryl Dixon Accumulating large amounts in super will be more difficult even if the budget measures to restrict non-concessional super contributions are modified.

MIND OVER MONEY

What Money Monster says about financial literacy

George Clooney stars as Lee Gates in Money Monster.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons The premise of Money Monster is all too plausible and it says a lot about financial literacy.

ASSET ALLOCATION

You've saved your money, now what? Understanding 'asset allocation'

Kate Donnelly could be doing more to grow her savings.

John Collett Kate Donnelly has tens of thousands of dollars saved. The problem is the money is held in an online saver and a bank account earning next to nothing.

WELL HEELED

Congratulations, you're a landlord; now get your tax deductions straight

A holiday home in Eden, on the NSW South Coast. There are rules worth knowing about letting out properties and tax.

Melissa Browne If you're letting a property to tenants, it's important to know what you can and cannot claim.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Who's the real Woolworths villain?

James Greenhalgh Do you feel sorry for Woolworths' former chief executive Grant O'Brien? You probably don't.

ASSET CHECK

A disappointing end to the financial year

Daryl Dixon What a difference just a week has made to the 2015-16 financial year superannuation fund returns.

Make money with the sharing economy beyond Uber and Airbnb

Joy Baines, of Annandale in inner-city Sydney, listed her Toyota Yaris on car-sharing platform Car Next Door for $6 an hour or $30 a day and it's in constant demand.

Barbara Drury The sharing economy is more than just Uber and Airbnb, there are dozens of local start-ups letting individuals sell access to their unused assets, time and skills.

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