Property

WELL HEELED

The advantages of renting over home ownership

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.

NOEL WHITTAKER

The beauty of dividends for investors

Noel Whittaker Don't forget that it is the after-tax return of investments that counts and that is where franked dividends come into their own.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: It's not just about what a company does, but what it has

Scott Phillips In recent weeks, we've been looking at some of the attributes of a great company, on the premise that the better the business, the greater our chance of investment success.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: never buy from private equity

Myer's share price has never reached the IPO height.

Scott Phillips Any time you read "accepted wisdom", you should ask yourself whether that's simply code for "I just use the same tired cliches as everyone else".

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Arthur Fleischmann sculptures for sale after decades in storage

Arthur Fleischmann's Spring. Estimates $2000-$3000.

James Cockington Sculptor Arthur Fleischmann spent a productive 10 years in Sydney, but his works from this period were kept in storage for half a century, and will now be sold.

Motley Fool: The elephant in the bank inquiry room

Inappropriate incentives are at the heart of the banks' cultural problems. Illustration: Kerrie Leishman

Scott Phillips Bank staff's remuneration is not aligned with their customers' success – only the banks'.

Mark Bouris: why home ownership is one of the best investments you can make

Home ownership is a good foundation for building wealth.

Mark Bouris You may have to take on a large debt to buy it, but the family home also becomes your biggest asset.

Motley Fool: What the banking inquiry means for shareholders

Scott Phillips The big bank CEOs seem contrite at the parliamentary inquiry, but the banks are probably safe from real consequences.

Motley Fool: was buying Blue Poles for $1.3m in 1973 a good investment?

Jackson Pollock's 'Blue Poles' is on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition.

Scott Phillips The government was mocked for spending $1.3 million on Blue Poles in 1973. It's now worth $350 million. Was it a good investment?

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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.