Property

THE HONEST BROKER

Beware Yanks selling Airbnb shares in the latest scam

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: compile a watchlist of companies you like and wait for opportunity

Scott Phillips If you understand a company's strategy, management and opportunity, you'll be ready to pounce when the market next throws the baby out with the bathwater.

NOEL WHITTAKER

The beauty of dividends for investors

Noel Whittaker Don't forget that it is the after-tax return of investments that counts and that is where franked dividends come into their own.

NEGATIVE GEARING

How investors outgun first home buyers

The auction trail can be dispiriting for first home buyers.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's not just that one in three buyers are investors, it's also that they're disproportionately competing with first-home buyers.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: It's not just about what a company does, but what it has

Scott Phillips In recent weeks, we've been looking at some of the attributes of a great company, on the premise that the better the business, the greater our chance of investment success.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: never buy from private equity

Myer's share price has never reached the IPO height.

Scott Phillips Any time you read "accepted wisdom", you should ask yourself whether that's simply code for "I just use the same tired cliches as everyone else".

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Arthur Fleischmann sculptures for sale after decades in storage

Arthur Fleischmann's Spring. Estimates $2000-$3000.

James Cockington Sculptor Arthur Fleischmann spent a productive 10 years in Sydney, but his works from this period were kept in storage for half a century, and will now be sold.

Investment 101

Motley Fool: Modern day moats

Look out for companies that surround themselves with

Scott Phillips The best companies in Australia are surrounded by moats – although not the ones you are thinking of.

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.

ASSET CHECK

Reserve Bank and election guarantee an unsettling time for investors

The Reserve Bank has warned of an oversupply of apartments.

Daryl Dixon By highlighting the increased risk for both investors and the banking system of an oversupply of apartments and commercial real estate, the Reserve Bank has added to the normal uncertainty facing...

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.