Property

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

British buyers under spell of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's Australian bush magic

James Cockington Ida Rentoul Outhwaite is not exactly a household name in Australia but the artwork from her children's illustrations is worth tens of thousands of dollars in Britain.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Kogan and the new age of retail

Ruslan Kogan, pictured, might have a very 21st-century story but the echoes from Gerry Harvey's story are unmistakeable.

Scott Phillips Rich Lister Gerry Harvey and challenger Ruslan Kogan have more in common than they'd like to admit.

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.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: counting the cost of catastrophe

Scott Phillips The recent storms down the eastern coast of Australia brought with them significant loss. Should you invest in insurance companies?

PROPERTY

How landlords can protect themselves from nightmare tenants

Rogue tenants are a landlord's worst nightmare.

John Collett It's a property investor's worst nightmare – the rogue tenant who falls into rent arrears, or worse, causes malicious damage to the property.

MONEY MENTOR

Be warned: we're hard-wired for a financial fall

Warnings of danger are not always heeded, as proved at a Newcastle beach.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon My three year old is climbing – then jumping off – ever taller objects. Far taller already than it's possible for my short self to reach.

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Intelligent Investor: what to do when sharemarket yield becomes expensive

Cats get a buzz from catnip.

John Addis Four ways that investors accustomed to double-digit returns can adjust to the new era of low interest rates and bond yields.

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.

Miners and almonds doing well for stock-pickers

Almond grower Harvest Select is having a great run with its share price on the rise.

John Collett The Australian sharemarket has been trading sideways pretty much since the start of May, after generally rising for most of this year.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: three dividend stocks that beat the banks

Michel's Patisserie is owned by ASX-listed Retail Food Group.

Scott Phillips Most Aussies don't want to hear it but the banks are way too large a proportion of our portfolios.

Most innovative investment of all caused the global financial crisis

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John Collett Whenever I hear the term "innovation" in connection with financial services, I think about the rocket scientists who came up with one of the most innovative investments of all time.

Mossgreen auction of Max Dupain photos includes Sydney architecture and industry work

Sydney Opera House with Tilers, 1972, by Max Dupain.

James Cockington Photographer Max Dupain's lesser known commercial photography tracks the development of Sydney, from the construction of the Opera House and the first skyscrapers to industrial sites around the city.

INNOVATION

Online markets create new breed of alternative investments

Natasha Langdon has invested some money with a peer-to-peer lender where she is earning more than 8 per cent.

John Collett Investment alternatives to shares and term deposits are gaining traction.

INNOVATION

Apps and tools to manage your money from your mobile device

Robo-advisers won't fully replace humans just yet.

Adam Courtenay Our mobile devices are becoming the go-to instruments of convenient commerce, offering something that consumers are only just beginning to come to terms with – a world of instantaneous...

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.

ASK NOEL

Ask Noel: Confusion over rules on non-concessional contribution to superannuation

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers questions from readers.

WELL HEELED

The advantages of renting over home ownership

Renting might deliver more freedom and options than home ownership, especially if you hedge your bets with an investment property.

Melissa Browne Australians give lip service to wanting freedom and options, but how we're behaving with our money tells quite a different story.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting ahead in a low-interest rate environment

Mark Bouris The low interest rates are not welcomed by savers and retirees, but there are opportunities to maximise your returns.

MONEY MENTOR

Monthly mortgage payments fall $254 in five months

The Great Australian Dream of property ownership is not dead, but it needs to shift away from the white picket fence.

Nicole Pedersen McKinnon It's not going to be much consolation to frustrated would-be first-home buyers, but monthly repayments on the average new mortgage are $254 less than they were at Australia's borrowing peak in...