Property

Sunday Money Data Service

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Stark warning: Winter is coming, prepare for the worst

Scott Phillips As sure as night follows day, busts have followed booms since time immemorial. So are you ready for the next recession?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Auction joy from barn finds and tinpot toys

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James Cockington What sells and what doesn't remains a mystery that tantalises even the auction experts.

BUILDING WEALTH

More than one way to strike it rich

Save or splurge: The road to investment property success can take many turns.

Kate Jones There's a number of paths to success in property investing. But which will bring the biggest rewards?

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

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John Collett 5.3 per cent

GETTING STARTED

Stick or twist? The smart move is to sit tight

Better to take the losses in order to win big when things improve.

Sally Patten If the going gets rough, investors should remember one of the key lessons from the GFC.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Predictable predictions for 2015

Time for a bit of foresight for 2015.

Marcus Padley The great thing about the stock market at the end of the year is that you can look back and see everything that you should have known.

GETTING STARTED

Rush into bonds gives shares some added shine

The Japanese are stepping up money printing.

David Potts With bonds offering ultra low and even negative yields dividend paying shares are more attractive to investors. Indispensable even.

HOLIDAY HOMES

Smart investment or just a money pit?

Simply irresistible: Lisa Marquette made a snap decision to purchase her holiday retreat but says she has no regrets.

David Potts Thinking of buying a beach shack or a hideaway in the hills? Take a breath – you could end up with a whole heap of hassle.

Bargain holiday properties are out there if you want them

It doesn't have to be a run-down hut. Most cheap places just require work on the bathroom and kitchen.

Kate Jones There are holiday properties for less than $200,000. It’s just a matter of scouting them out.

UNDER THE RADAR

Australian gold producers benefit from price rebound and weaker dollar

Gold, fingers: Northern Star's profit margins have gone from somewhere between 0 and $50 an ounce to $250 an ounce.

Richard Hemming With the gold price rebounding from its lows and the dollar weaker, smaller gold producers are running hot.

COLLECTIING

Wind me up and watch me go

Stephen Crafti They were made to amuse children but many adults will pay silly money for vintage tin toys.

SMART INVESTING

The best ways to lose money

Richard Livingston Often regarded as the world's most successful investor, Warren Buffett says the first rule of making money is never to lose money.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Lose weight, stop smoking, invest in yourself

Kick it in the butt: Stop smoking and start saving.

Scott Phillips It's time to forget your bad old habits and start living your financial life more healthily. Here's how.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Precipice looms for some if franking rules change

Adele Laurent of Denver, Co., dives from the 87-foot perch at the La Quebrada cliff in Acapulco, Mexico, Saturday, Nov.  16, 1996, during the International Cliff Diving Championships.  Women were allowed to participate in the championships for the first time ever on Saturday.  (AP Photo/ Joe Cavaretta)

Richard Livingston If dividend imputation rules change, expect the share prices of the banks and Telstra to fall over a cliff.

GET RICH, QUICK

Five secrets to getting rich

In the money: How to get rich is simple if you know the secrets.

Alexandra Cain Small changes can lead to big increases in how much your investments return, writes Alexandra Cain.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Time to sell down the banks

Exposed: The banks might be too big to fail but in the event of a crash only the depositors are protected, not the shareholders.

Nathan Bell Bank stocks are masquerading as the market's miracle-makers but are far riskier than most investors appreciate.

INSIGHT

Big banks no longer the leaders

Dimmed: the big four banks are facing fresh headwinds.

Clancy Yeates Over the past four months or so, the banks have lagged the broader market. What's going on?

INVESTING

Dividend fountain set to keep on spouting

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David Potts Payouts aren't up a great deal - bar a few spectacular exceptions - but more companies are paying them.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Blue chips post records

Howard Arkley's Large House With Fence (1998).

James Cockington Experts have noticed that results of fine art auctions seem to echo those of the real estate market.