Property

MONEY BRAIN

How a financial planner changed Book Club host Jennifer Byrne's life

Catherine Robson What drives wealth creation?

YOUR QUESTIONS

George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

Retirement plans should take account of longer lifespans.

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to avoid investing in the next Dick Smith

With disappointing Christmas sales, Dick Smith felt the crunch in the new year.

Scott Phillips Some simple rules could keep you out of trouble.

OUTLOOK

Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

Electronics retailer Harvey Norman says sales were up 7.1 per cent in the September quarter.

David Potts If he dropped by one of this week's annual meetings, the Reserve Bank's Glenn Stevens would hear a different story to the official narrative.

MIND OVER MONEY

What The Big Short movie can teach ordinary people

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's exciting watching the traders short the US mortgage market before the global financial crisis, but it's not something the rest of us can emulate.

SOLAR BOOM

How investors can plug into the solar boom

Solar energy specialist Jake Steele, Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon and Tom Nockolds from Pingala have the answer to

David Potts You can ride the solar boom even if you rent, live in an apartment or in the shade.

Households gear up for next phase of the solar revolution

Fiona Workman had solar panels installed on her roof two years ago.

David Potts Solar panels are landing on rooftops just as the Hills Hoist invaded backyards. If you're not solar-powered, you're not with it.

HOT STOCK

Hot stocks: KFC owner Collins Foods is taking flight again

Greg Smith Collins Foods' KFC business now represents around 85 per cent of total income, and has performed strongly in the past financial year, despite rising labour rates.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by the baby formula shortage.

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The 98 per cent of opportunities you're missing

Global brands such as Nike should be on the radar for Australian investors.

Scott Phillips Why do people willingly restrict themselves to 2 per cent of the market when it comes to shares?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The fabulous estate of a late opal miner and inventor

A large Cloisonne Heavenly Lion, or Fu Dog, from the Qing Dynasty in China. Estimated auction price $30,000-50,000.

James Cockington John Wolfe St Albans, of Adelaide, donated some amazing items to public museums during his lifetime, but still left behind a shipping container of fabulous treasures when he died.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chairs that are too valuable to sit on

The Le Corbusier cowhide and chrome chaise longue.

James Cockington  When is a chair not a chair? When it's a design icon.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The five biggest investment mistakes

Investors should emulate Aesop's tortoise not the hare.

Scott Phillips At its best, investing is slow, somewhat boring - and potentially very profitable.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DOLLAR DAZZLERS

Check out these dollar dazzlers

Small stocks are often overlooked by the market and present opportunities larger stocks may not.

David Potts Where might you find some dazzling stocks for a dollar or less?