Property

Five ways to know you're a good investor

Graham Witcomb We all get lucky investing from time to time. Here's how to know whether your results are from skill or luck.

What the new world order means for your hip pocket

 Trump: 'These claims are are all fabricated' (Thumbnail)

John Collett The victory of the billionaire maverick Donald Trump to become 45th President of the United States may well lead to a period of political uncertainty.

My shares are being consolidated, is that fair?

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

Seven investment ideas for high returns in a low-growth world

Higher returns can be found, if you're prepared to take on additional risk. Illustration: Karl Hilzinger

John Collett Seven investment ideas that will lift you out of the low-growth world.

SHARES RACE

Tipsters finish the week ahead on positives of Trump victory

Investors see positives, such as President-elect Donald Trump's plan to spend big on US infrastructure.

John Collett The Australian sharemarket seesawed this week in response to the US presidential election, before leaving our tipsters generally better off as investors viewed a Trump presidency favourably.

Three ways to make your tax refund last longer

Melissa Browne The average tax return is just more than $3000 but it's often frittered away.

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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

How to find treasures in op shops and garage sales

James Cockington with a vintage magazine he has collected.

James Cockington Can you still find anything in op shops that is worth more than what you paid for them?

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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The resurgence of 'junk' as home decoration

Warehouse 8 Interiors auction: 19th-century life-size statue of Jesus which sold for $12,200 IBP.

James Cockington Oddities are now much in demand for the individual touch they bring to contemporary spaces.