Property

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

Scott Phillips Complacent investors may feel the pain.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

How to find treasures in op shops and garage sales

James Cockington with a vintage magazine he has collected.

James Cockington Can you still find anything in op shops that is worth more than what you paid for them?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The resurgence of 'junk' as home decoration

Warehouse 8 Interiors auction: 19th-century life-size statue of Jesus which sold for $12,200 IBP.

James Cockington Oddities are now much in demand for the individual touch they bring to contemporary spaces.

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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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.

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.

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.

INNOVATION

Apps and tools to manage your money from your mobile device

Robo-advisers won't fully replace humans just yet.

Adam Courtenay Our mobile devices are becoming the go-to instruments of convenient commerce, offering something that consumers are only just beginning to come to terms with – a world of instantaneous...

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.

ASK NOEL

Ask Noel: Confusion over rules on non-concessional contribution to superannuation

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers questions from readers.

WELL HEELED

The advantages of renting over home ownership

Renting might deliver more freedom and options than home ownership, especially if you hedge your bets with an investment property.

Melissa Browne Australians give lip service to wanting freedom and options, but how we're behaving with our money tells quite a different story.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting ahead in a low-interest rate environment

Mark Bouris The low interest rates are not welcomed by savers and retirees, but there are opportunities to maximise your returns.

MONEY MENTOR

Monthly mortgage payments fall $254 in five months

The Great Australian Dream of property ownership is not dead, but it needs to shift away from the white picket fence.

Nicole Pedersen McKinnon It's not going to be much consolation to frustrated would-be first-home buyers, but monthly repayments on the average new mortgage are $254 less than they were at Australia's borrowing peak in...

Granny flats - turning backyards into gold

Maria Krohn has built a granny flat in her back garden and is renting it out via Airbnb.

John Collett and Caitlin Fitzsimmons Granny flats are proliferating like crazy, at least in NSW where the rules are much more relaxed than in Victoria.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race Week 2: leader plots a map to success

Vanessa Desloires There's been a shake up in the ranks this week, and one clever tipster has shot from fifth to first place on a bet in volatile small cap stocks.

Rate cut puts savers in a pickle, but good for borrowers

Borrowers could soon see their repayments fall considerably if lenders pass on the full cut in the official cash rate.

John Collett Changes in the official cash rate always create winners and losers. Irene Dumer is one of the winners.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Contemporary art collectors seek next big thing

Mirka Mora's 1972 painting Mermaids and Friends sold for $3400.

James Cockington Keen buyers at the latest Leonard Joel fine art auction were ''all looking for the Brett Whiteley of the future''.

Four rules for investing in uncertain times

John Manuel Owing BHP and Rio Tinto isn't diversification, nor is owning a rental property down the road from your own home.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: compile a watchlist of companies you like and wait for opportunity

Scott Phillips If you understand a company's strategy, management and opportunity, you'll be ready to pounce when the market next throws the baby out with the bathwater.