Property

MIND OVER MONEY

What The Big Short movie can teach ordinary people

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.

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.

WELL HEELED

Tackle suffering up front when setting goals

Melissa Browne Are we destined not to change or can we salvage our goals made for 2016? The short answer is yes and no.

MIND OVER MONEY

Home buyers' tips for bidding at auction

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Mind Over Money | If your goal is to buy a home, you need a strategy for how to deal with auctions.

Small investors in ETFs are chasing past returns

Chasing past performance doesn't stack up as an investment strategy.

John Collett Small investor activity in exchange traded funds (ETFs) indicates they are committing one of investing's cardinal sins.

THE HONEST BROKER

Why investment in 2016 will be all about picking winners

Marcus Padley After the worst start to the sharemarket year in living memory the obvious subject is whether we are about to see some sort of calamitous collapse in world markets.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Top 10 money mistakes of the middle-aged

In your 40s and 50s you are more likely to have extra mouths to feed.

Graham Witcomb You're at the height of your career and you probably have a couple of extra mouths to feed. Here are the 10 biggest money mistakes to avoid in your 40s and 50s.

Kickstart 2016 with a financial health check

The new year is a good time to review your money goals.

Kate Jones The new year is an opportunity to reset your money management and build prosperity - like electrician Paul Buhagiar who paid down $26,000 of his home loan last year.

HER MONEY

Four ways to invest your money

Aurora Spa founder Lyndall Mitchell doesn't want the stress of a high-risk investment strategy.

Sally Patten Having the right mix of investments will help you to achieve your financial goals.

THE HONEST BROKER

How to make money from having an opinion and not following the crowd

Come up with investment ideas for 2016 while lying by the pool.

Marcus Padley The neighbours turned on their Christmas lights last weekend, where did the year go?

TIP OF THE WEEK

Tip of the Week: How to create wealth outside your job

Michael Hutton Your level of income is important in generating wealth but equally, if not more, important is what you do with your income to create wealth. 

BASIC TRAINING

Giving back: how to make charity a regular part of life

The Red Shield Appeal is a major fundraising drive for the Salvation Army.

Larissa Ham For many people giving is part of Christmas, but the world's problems don't disappear when the tinsel is store away. How can you do your bit year-round without breaking the bank?

HOT STOCK

How Nufarm is getting more out of the land

El Nino could affect the returns from agricultural stocks.

Greg Smith Fat Prophets: With the world's land in fixed supply, and agricultural yields in focus, Nufarm's value proposition is high.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage postcards a 'grossly undervalued market' for collectors

One of the first mass-produced Christmas cards, 1871.

James Cockington Mossgreen's postcard auction, to be held in Melbourne on December 14, is claimed as the first of its kind held by any major auction house in Australia.

MONEY BRAIN

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

Jennifer Byrne on ABC's The Book Club.

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.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: The beauty of dividends

Dividends are like turbocharged bank interest.

Scott Phillips Have you ever wondered why so many investors are enamoured with dividends?

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Australia's other great duopoly is literally pathological – Sonic and Primary

Graham Witcomb There's Coles and Woolies, Qantas and Virgin, but the new duopoly in town is Primary Health Care and Sonic Healthcare.

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.