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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.

The best way to become a financial winner

Catherine Robson The most likely way to become a financial winner is to make good quality growth investments and then get out of the way and let time do the work.

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Motley Fool: The elephant in the bank inquiry room

Inappropriate incentives are at the heart of the banks' cultural problems. Illustration: Kerrie Leishman

Scott Phillips Bank staff's remuneration is not aligned with their customers' success – only the banks'.

Mark Bouris: why home ownership is one of the best investments you can make

Home ownership is a good foundation for building wealth.

Mark Bouris You may have to take on a large debt to buy it, but the family home also becomes your biggest asset.

Motley Fool: What the banking inquiry means for shareholders

Scott Phillips The big bank CEOs seem contrite at the parliamentary inquiry, but the banks are probably safe from real consequences.

Motley Fool: was buying Blue Poles for $1.3m in 1973 a good investment?

Jackson Pollock's 'Blue Poles' is on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition.

Scott Phillips The government was mocked for spending $1.3 million on Blue Poles in 1973. It's now worth $350 million. Was it a good investment?

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Nicole helps... a woman who left an abusive ex and wants to rebuild her finances

nicole helps nicole pedersen mckinnon money

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon has a new column helping fight financial injustice.

BHP and Rio are understating profits

BHP Billiton's giant Escondida mine in Chile.

Gaurav Sodhi Analysts don't get it. Now that the mining boom is over, the two big miners are much more profitable than they look.

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.

Retirement special: time to sell 'safe income' stocks

Many investors turn to stocks such as Telstra for the income.

Marcus Padley Interest rates are rising globally and it's time for retirees to think about their investment strategy.

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.

Getting the measure of Trump is a short-term game for investors

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris Don't rush a decision or change a plan just because there's a new US president.

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.