Property

Nicole helps... a woman who left an abusive ex and wants to rebuild her finances

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon has a new column helping fight financial injustice.

BHP and Rio are understating profits

BHP Billiton's giant Escondida mine in Chile.

Gaurav Sodhi Analysts don't get it. Now that the mining boom is over, the two big miners are much more profitable than they look.

Five ways to know you're a good investor

Graham Witcomb We all get lucky investing from time to time. Here's how to know whether your results are from skill or luck.

Motley Fool: How to invest in a Trumpian world

Scott Phillips The rules have changed … or have they?

My shares are being consolidated, is that fair?

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

Seven investment ideas for high returns in a low-growth world

Higher returns can be found, if you're prepared to take on additional risk. Illustration: Karl Hilzinger

John Collett Seven investment ideas that will lift you out of the low-growth world.

SHARES RACE

Gold continues to shine for tipsters on back of Trump concerns

John Collett The top three places remain unchanged at the end of week two of the four-week Shares Race, as the themes of the first week continued into the second.

Three ways to make your tax refund last longer

Melissa Browne The average tax return is just more than $3000 but it's often frittered away.

Market volatility not as scary as it seems

Volatility on share markets can be a reminder to make sure you are in the right super fund investment option.

Clancy Yeates With returns from super getting bumpier, it's important for members to make sure they are in the right investment option.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race returns with tipsters backing gold miners in front

Mining services companies are doing well, along with gold miners.

John Collett Tipsters with portfolios loaded up with gold miners and mining services companies have done best in the first week of the four-week Shares Race.

Trump, Brexit and super changes in the mix for 2017

Australian shares may not reproduce the bumper returns of 2016 this year.

John Collett What a year 2016 was. Britons voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump won the US presidential election – and financial markets reacted well to these events.

What's your big investment idea for 2017?

Marcus Padley As they say in the stockmarket, if you have one good idea a year, it's a good year.

Rich is a state of mind, not a bank balance

Marcus Padley Look no further than the hordes of rich but miserable celebrities and Lotto winners.

The outlook for the Australian economy and investors in 2017

The Australian economy will face global challenges, especially if the US changes trade policies.

Daryl Dixon Despite historic low interest rates, super funds and investors generally have fared well in 2016.

Bad Santa and Banqer – teaching school kids about money

Catherine Robson There is little doubt that fostering financial literacy in young people leads to more confident decision making in adulthood which in turn leads to lower stress and better outcomes.

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Motley Fool: Monopolies beware, tech is out to get you

Walmart might be many times the size of the next largest retailer in the US, but it still has well under half of the market share enjoyed by Woolies here in Australia.

Scott Phillips Complacent investors may feel the pain.

Home buyers forking out fees to unqualified building inspectors

Houng Lau bought the fourth property on which she had a building report.

Linda Vergnani House hunters seeking to avoid nasty surprises should know that not all building inspections are equal.

Marginal gains: What Team Sky's success can teach us about achieving money goals

Catherine Robson How would you feel if you had set yourself a huge goal and not only achieved it, but smashed it, doing twice as well as you had planned?

Buying into a retirement village? Beware these traps

Bina Brown Don't let the sales hype and glossy marketing blind you to the financial reality of buying into a retirement village.

MIND OVER MONEY

Acorns turns your spare change into an investment portfolio

Acorns Australia managing director George Lucas says the acorns name resonates in Europe and the English speaking world, but not in South America or Asia.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons A new app is launching in Australia that will take a few cents here and a few dollars there and invest it in exchange traded funds on your behalf.