Property

HOT BULLION

The goldrums could be a good time to buy big

Alexandra Cain As the price of the yellow metal slides to its lowest level for some time, many investors are sensing a golden opportunity.

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.

WELL-HEELED

Don't let debt fears paint you into a corner

Melissa Browne.

Melissa Browne Not all debt is bad for you - so paying all your debts down at once might not be such a great idea.

PROPERTY PLANS

How to make a flipping profit

Buying an old house, renovating it and selling it at a profit is not as easy as TV reno shows may suggest.

John Collett If you want to buy, sell and move on – fast – it helps to pick a property in the right suburb

HOUSE PROUD

Are four walls still safe as houses?

Dean and Sally Lewis, with their children Bronte and Dan, have been buying and renovating houses for 25 years.

David Potts Unlike the share market, property is unlikely to plummet but will prices keep on climbing?

ASSETT CHECK

The party may be over

Daryl Dixon Market slides are bad, but a more important concern for many investors is the impact of the APRA crackdown on lending to property investors.

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.

BANKING ON IT

Buyers beware in banks' stock clearance sales

The Big Four banks are having a clearance sale.

David Potts It might look tempting, but don't rush in to buy.

UNDER THE RADAR

Four areas to focus on this reporting season

The reaction to the Commonwealth Bank results shows you can meet expectations, but that's not enough.

Richard Hemming Growth is the key to making money on the stock market and the balance sheet is one place where you can see it.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

At last - the horrible truth about the stock market

Marcus Padley This is how how the share market really works. To the insiders, it's like a car yard.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chinese take a fancy to all things French

James Cockington It's not just property that's seeing the effects of growing Chinese wealth. One Melbourne antique dealer is also feeling the warmth.

HOT STOCK

Is NAB set to shine?

Seen by some as the poor relation of the major banks, NAB is poised for big things.

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.

QUIRKY INVESMENTS

Just the ticket for MCC collectors

This membership pass in the form of a ticket, from the 1879/80 season, was the best performer in the Perth auction. It sold for $1700.

James Cockington MCC members badges have a special place in the hearts of sporting memorabilia fans.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Super, pally, is fantastic; fees they are atrocious

Superannuation contributions are kept out of easy reach so we don't give in to the urge to splurge.

Scott Phillips Paying attention to the details is important…

FIRST STEPS

Five ways to make investments pay off

Start small and be conservative in your first foray into portfolio investing.

Richard Livingston  Whether you're using a financial adviser or doing it yourself, these five lessons will help you make money and reduce the risk of losing it.

HOT STOCK

QBE improves its core strength

James Lennon The possibility of higher dividends makes the big insurer quite attractive.

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.