Property

ASSET ALLOCATION

You've saved your money, now what? Understanding 'asset allocation'

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.

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.

Make money with the sharing economy beyond Uber and Airbnb

Joy Baines, of Annandale in inner-city Sydney, listed her Toyota Yaris on car-sharing platform Car Next Door for $6 an hour or $30 a day and it's in constant demand.

Barbara Drury The sharing economy is more than just Uber and Airbnb, there are dozens of local start-ups letting individuals sell access to their unused assets, time and skills.

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Motley Fool: Crown's conjuring trick – the $1b press release

Crown is not magically worth more because it is being split.

Scott Phillips Want to know the best way to spot the winners when you're at the casino?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Ten things you must know about investing before you turn 30

Make sure you set your own investment goals.

Mark Bouris Money expert Mark Bouris shares basics investment principles for those aged 30 and under.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

British buyers under spell of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's Australian bush magic

Illustrations from Hoppity's House.

James Cockington Ida Rentoul Outhwaite is not exactly a household name in Australia but the artwork from her children's illustrations is worth tens of thousands of dollars in Britain.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Kogan and the new age of retail

Ruslan Kogan, pictured, might have a very 21st-century story but the echoes from Gerry Harvey's story are unmistakeable.

Scott Phillips Rich Lister Gerry Harvey and challenger Ruslan Kogan have more in common than they'd like to admit.

Governments are powerless to make housing more affordable for first-home buyers

Policies to help first-home buyers can backfire.

Noel Whittaker The catalyst for the global financial crisis was US President Bill Clinton's idea that housing should be available to everybody.

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THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: counting the cost of catastrophe

Scott Phillips The recent storms down the eastern coast of Australia brought with them significant loss. Should you invest in insurance companies?

PROPERTY

How landlords can protect themselves from nightmare tenants

Rogue tenants are a landlord's worst nightmare.

John Collett It's a property investor's worst nightmare – the rogue tenant who falls into rent arrears, or worse, causes malicious damage to the property.

MONEY MENTOR

Be warned: we're hard-wired for a financial fall

Warnings of danger are not always heeded, as proved at a Newcastle beach.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon My three year old is climbing – then jumping off – ever taller objects. Far taller already than it's possible for my short self to reach.

Betting on the Melbourne Cup versus investing in shares

Lucky for some: Trainer Bart Cummings and foreman Reg Fleming after Viewed won the 2008 Melbourne Cup.

Andrew Legget Australians love a punt but there are better ways to make money.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Intelligent Investor: what to do when sharemarket yield becomes expensive

Cats get a buzz from catnip.

John Addis Four ways that investors accustomed to double-digit returns can adjust to the new era of low interest rates and bond yields.

Miners and almonds doing well for stock-pickers

Almond grower Harvest Select is having a great run with its share price on the rise.

John Collett The Australian sharemarket has been trading sideways pretty much since the start of May, after generally rising for most of this year.

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.

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.

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.

INNOVATION

Online markets create new breed of alternative investments

Natasha Langdon has invested some money with a peer-to-peer lender where she is earning more than 8 per cent.

John Collett Investment alternatives to shares and term deposits are gaining traction.