Property

OUTLOOK

Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

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.

WELL-HEELED

Don't let debt fears paint you into a corner

Melissa Browne.

Melissa Browne Not all debt is bad for you - so paying all your debts down at once might not be such a great idea.

PROPERTY PLANS

How to make a flipping profit

Buying an old house, renovating it and selling it at a profit is not as easy as TV reno shows may suggest.

John Collett If you want to buy, sell and move on – fast – it helps to pick a property in the right suburb

HOUSE PROUD

Are four walls still safe as houses?

Dean and Sally Lewis, with their children Bronte and Dan, have been buying and renovating houses for 25 years.

David Potts Unlike the share market, property is unlikely to plummet but will prices keep on climbing?

ASSETT CHECK

The party may be over

Daryl Dixon Market slides are bad, but a more important concern for many investors is the impact of the APRA crackdown on lending to property investors.

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.

BANKING ON IT

Buyers beware in banks' stock clearance sales

The Big Four banks are having a clearance sale.

David Potts It might look tempting, but don't rush in to buy.

UNDER THE RADAR

Four areas to focus on this reporting season

The reaction to the Commonwealth Bank results shows you can meet expectations, but that's not enough.

Richard Hemming Growth is the key to making money on the stock market and the balance sheet is one place where you can see it.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

At last - the horrible truth about the stock market

Marcus Padley This is how how the share market really works. To the insiders, it's like a car yard.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chinese take a fancy to all things French

James Cockington It's not just property that's seeing the effects of growing Chinese wealth. One Melbourne antique dealer is also feeling the warmth.

HOT STOCK

Is NAB set to shine?

Seen by some as the poor relation of the major banks, NAB is poised for big things.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Here's how to cast off the chains of debt

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Marcus Padley What can the younger generation do to avoid getting trapped by our debt culture?

FULL DISCLOSURE

Companies' progress on parade

Ready for action: the reporting season is likely to show profit results for the past financial year that are much better than some gloomy forecasts.

David Potts Forget the gloomy forecasts - this reporting season may bring some pleasant surprises.

QUIRKY INVESMENTS

Just the ticket for MCC collectors

This membership pass in the form of a ticket, from the 1879/80 season, was the best performer in the Perth auction. It sold for $1700.

James Cockington MCC members badges have a special place in the hearts of sporting memorabilia fans.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Super, pally, is fantastic; fees they are atrocious

Superannuation contributions are kept out of easy reach so we don't give in to the urge to splurge.

Scott Phillips Paying attention to the details is important…

FIRST STEPS

Five ways to make investments pay off

Start small and be conservative in your first foray into portfolio investing.

Richard Livingston  Whether you're using a financial adviser or doing it yourself, these five lessons will help you make money and reduce the risk of losing it.

HOT STOCK

QBE improves its core strength

James Lennon The possibility of higher dividends makes the big insurer quite attractive.

GETTING AHEAD

Gold on the ropes is a positive sign

In the long term gold has proven to be a dubious investment, but it still offers a better return than Bitcoin.

David Potts Gold's falling price points to the US Federal Reserve getting closer to raising rates.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Learn from the wealthy and invest like a pro

Mark Bouris If you're going to make the most of your investments you have to think like a professional investor.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Ignore the problems – look for the opportunities instead

While some investors may feel all at sea, there's no need to panic.

John Addis Don't let the fear get to you - there are a some big long-term trends running in our favour.