Why investors should consider China in the Year of the Monkey

Ben Hurley The rise of China's middle class makes long-term investment in China a good bet.


Investment 101: diversification, risk and volatility

The sharemarket has ups and downs but outperforms cash in the long term.

Scott Phillips When designing your investment goals, you need to decide where you want to be, when, and with what level of volatility.


How to spot a future share price disaster

A few minutes studying a financial report can save you from a fall.

James Greenhalgh The first rule of sharemarket investing isn't to make money but not to lose it.


Shares Race: Week 3

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens gave a slapdown in central banker speak.

Gareth Hutchens The Dartboard still reigns. Richard Pritchard is still coming second. But they're the only contestants who remain in the black.


Mark Bouris on investing in volatile times

Mark Bouris Here we go again. Another year, another series of stories about world markets, Chinese economic growth and the ASX.


Investment 101: what is 'asset allocation' anyway?

Asset allocation is compiling an investment portfolio that suits your investment goals - not putting all your eggs in one basket. Illustration: Michael Mucci

Scott Phillips The first in our new series for beginner investors, from Scott Phillips at The Motley Fool.


How to save for your kids' education

Marcelle Gomez and her husband Christian are saving so they have options when 15-month-old Cruz hits high school.

John Collett Education costs are rising faster than inflation, so if you want choices about schools for your children, you need to plan ahead.


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.


Economists tip rental growth to remain soft in 2016

The balance of power is slipping from landlords to tenants as a glut of new apartments come onto the market.

Clancy Yeates Landlords have long held the upper hand in the rental markets in Australia's biggest cities, but there are signs that power is receding in 2016.


Artist Angus O'Callaghan finally discovered at the age of 91

Melbourne photographer Angus O'Callaghan with his camera.

James Cockington Serendipity led to the discovery of photographer Angus O'Callaghan and the success of his 1960s photographs of Melbourne.


How to avoid investing in the next Dick Smith

With disappointing Christmas sales, Dick Smith felt the crunch in the new year.

Scott Phillips Some simple rules could keep you out of trouble.


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.


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.


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.


Home buyers' tips for bidding at auction


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.


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.


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.


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.