Tip of the Week: How to create wealth outside your job

Michael Hutton Your level of income is important in generating wealth but equally, if not more, important is what you do with your income to create wealth. 


Giving back: how to make charity a regular part of life

The Red Shield Appeal is a major fundraising drive for the Salvation Army.

Larissa Ham For many people giving is part of Christmas, but the world's problems don't disappear when the tinsel is store away. How can you do your bit year-round without breaking the bank?


How Nufarm is getting more out of the land

El Nino could affect the returns from agricultural stocks.

Greg Smith Fat Prophets: With the world's land in fixed supply, and agricultural yields in focus, Nufarm's value proposition is high.


Vintage postcards a 'grossly undervalued market' for collectors

One of the first mass-produced Christmas cards, 1871.

James Cockington Mossgreen's postcard auction, to be held in Melbourne on December 14, is claimed as the first of its kind held by any major auction house in Australia.


How a financial planner changed Book Club host Jennifer Byrne's life

Jennifer Byrne on ABC's The Book Club.

Catherine Robson What drives wealth creation?


George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

Retirement plans should take account of longer lifespans.

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.


Reserve Bank and election guarantee an unsettling time for investors

The Reserve Bank has warned of an oversupply of apartments.

Daryl Dixon By highlighting the increased risk for both investors and the banking system of an oversupply of apartments and commercial real estate, the Reserve Bank has added to the normal uncertainty facing...


Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

Electronics retailer Harvey Norman says sales were up 7.1 per cent in the September quarter.

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.


Big bank 'dividend trade' far from over, analysts say

Most investors and super fund members own shares in the Big 4 banks.

John Collett Increasing bad debt provisions, dividends under threat and falling share prices are giving long-term big-bank shareholders pause to think.


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.

Households gear up for next phase of the solar revolution

Fiona Workman had solar panels installed on her roof two years ago.

David Potts Solar panels are landing on rooftops just as the Hills Hoist invaded backyards. If you're not solar-powered, you're not with it.


Hot stocks: KFC owner Collins Foods is taking flight again

Greg Smith Collins Foods' KFC business now represents around 85 per cent of total income, and has performed strongly in the past financial year, despite rising labour rates.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by the baby formula shortage.

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.


The 98 per cent of opportunities you're missing

Global brands such as Nike should be on the radar for Australian investors.

Scott Phillips Why do people willingly restrict themselves to 2 per cent of the market when it comes to shares?


When 'defensive' assets turn dangerous

Infrastructure stocks such as Sydney Airport have bubbly valuations as investors look for safe havens.

Marcus Padley At some price every stock becomes dangerous, even so-called defensive assets such as Transurban and Sydney Airport.


Chairs that are too valuable to sit on

The Le Corbusier cowhide and chrome chaise longue.

James Cockington  When is a chair not a chair? When it's a design icon.


The five biggest investment mistakes

Investors should emulate Aesop's tortoise not the hare.

Scott Phillips At its best, investing is slow, somewhat boring - and potentially very profitable.


Candid Camera and the danger of consensus thinking

Candid Camera, which ran for more than 30 years, was a good example for how going with the crowd could make you look silly.

Catherine Robson As Candid Camera demonstrated during its 30 years on air, fear of being different can make us do some very stupid things, particularly when it comes to managing money.


Hot tip for selling old Playboys

Vintage <i>Playboy</i> magazines are hot property for collectors.

James Cockington Collectors could be more interested in old issues of Hugh Hefner's girlie magazine now that it has announced it will stop publishing pictures of fully naked women.

A mild correction forecast for house prices

Apartment prices in Sydney and Melbourne are expected to decline more sharply than houses.

John Collett Leading forecaster BIS Shrapnel says property prices in Sydney and Melbourne will experience a "mild correction" during the next three years.