Property

ASK NOEL

Share trust better than risky rental

Noel Whittaker I'm 26, with $150,000 in savings. Property in Budapest is cheap but would buying there be a good way to use my money?

Retail

Why Harvey Norman has run out of steam

Gerry Harvey.

Nathan Bell This may sound like value investing heresy - I recommend you sell Harvey Norman, largely because it has a strong balance sheet and an owner manager.

EDUCATION

Make school costs feasy peasy

John Collett It's that time of year again, when the children return to school and - for fee-paying students - their parents learn how much they'll be expected to cough up for the privilege.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Renewed taste for risk among wealthy investors

Retailer Gerry Harvey from Harvey Norman. For cover story / interview. BRW Picture by ROB HOMER (NO CAPTION INFORMATION PROVIDED)

Katherine Jimenez Like many high net worth investors, Gerry Harvey is looking to move beyond the 'safe stuff'.

GETTING STARTED

Study big picture not bottom line

Gareth Hutchens What is the state of Australian employment? Not that great, but it's not that bad either.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Long-dated bonds help counter low rates

Matt Ryan Low interest rates make other asset classes look more attractive and drive the prices of equities and property higher.

TIME TO SELL

Your next move when share prices tumble

Barbara Drury When share prices fall, investors need a plan. Should you sell to protect your capital or hang in there and buy more?

FURTHER AFIELD

Offshore paydays loom in bourse boom

Katherine Jimenez Offshore stocks have provided Aussie investors with some of the strongest returns seen in years - a trend that's set to continue in 2014

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Beauty from the sea

James Cockington Beach shack chic is going mainstream with artists such as James Edwards finding a strong market for their work.

ASK NOEL

Bigger lump sum or decent pension?

Noel Whittaker What's the best pension plan with a big mortgage but a bad history of handling lump sums?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Classic cars are pulling in the bids again

Tim Burrows with the 1913 Hispano-Suiza that he will be selling at Melbourne classic car auction.
18th October 2013
Photo: Steven Siewert

James Cockington From a Lamborghini Miura to the first Australian-made Holden an upcoming auction has a classic car for everyone.

After the shock, ore brings relief to Rio

Rio Tinto's Chief Executive Iron Ore Group Sam Walsh.

Nathan Bell Being the chief executive of one of the largest and most eminent global miners should be a dream job, especially in a boom.

Returns of the decade

housing

Residential real estate is a much-loved investment and everyone seems to know someone who has doubled their money playing property.

Insight: retail

Clancy Yeates If our economy is in pretty good nick, why are retailers always complaining about how tough things are?

Bank on banks

David Potts

David Potts The best way to deal with a bank is by owning a bit of it. Take your typical term deposit. You'll be lucky if you're getting much more than 4 per cent - unless it goes back a couple of years - but...

SMALL CAPS

Small, but don't toss them back

Illustration: Jamie Smetkowski
Small fry

John Collett If you know where to look, there's opportunities galore in the markets' small fry.

Mark Bouris

At this rate, prospects are for a rise

Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris Every economy has cycles and we may be approaching the end of one that has been good for mortgage-holders.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Houdini conjures a magic result

Sold for $1,900 by Lawsons Auctioneers in Sydney on 22 February 2013.

James Cockington Those who work for auction houses dream of moments such as this. Luke Jones, of Lawsons Auctioneers in Leichhardt, Sydney, was contacted recently by a valuer who suggested he check out the contents...

INVESTING

Precious little to recommend gold

Gold ingots on display during a press conference of Germany's Central Bank.

The "safe haven" metal's bull run is waning, with loud talk among investors that 2013 may mark the end of its spectacular 12-year bull run.

PROPERTY

Investors scramble as rental crisis bites

Investors will buy for income, rather than capital gain, in a slow housing market.

From Sydney's inner suburbs to the mining towns of Western Australia, investors are scrambling to take advantage of a growing rental crisis and the lowest mortgage costs in years.