Property

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The fine art of downsizing

James Cockington Downsizing can be a profoundly therapeutic experience, and in some cases generate a considerable profit.

DOLLAR DAZZLERS

Check out these dollar dazzlers

Small stocks are often overlooked by the market and present opportunities larger stocks may not.

David Potts Where might you find some dazzling stocks for a dollar or less?

What the Westpac loan hike could cost you

Westpac variable loan customers could pay $63 more a month.

Kate Cowling Home owners with a Westpac variable loan have been encouraged to shop around after a surprise rate rise that could add more than $20,000 to a 30-year loan.

FACT CHECK

Why and how to invest in a Cayman Islands hedge fund

John Collett

John Collett Money checks the facts behind the attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over his family investments in the Cayman Islands.

BAD TIMING

'Time in the market' is a slogan, not a strategy

Time is not always on your side.

Richard Livingston The price you pay for a stock is the key to making money from the share market.

HOT STOCK

End of China's explosive growth not end of Incitec Pivot story

Signs are good for a potential share price appreciation.

Andrew Blackmore Prospects for fertiliser and explosives maker hinge on two engines – the US economy and the industrialisation of Asia.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Bitcoin Group on the block

Bitcoin miners are likely to remain capital-intensive, low-margin businesses.

Andrew Legget One way to invest in Bitcoin is to get in on the ground floor with the IPO of 'Australia's biggest Bitcoin miner'. But it might be a bit risky.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Swinging bling in vogue again

A selection of items made by Charles de Temple to be sold by Shapiro Auctioneers in Sydney on October 20.

James Cockington Jewellery is hot right now as those with some spare cash invest in precious jewels rather than under-performing stocks and shares.

BOUNCING BACK

Make your money mistakes work for you

Even seemingly sweet deals can go wrong.

Barbara Drury Successful investors regard their missteps as valuable learning experiences. You can learn from them too.

YOUR SAY

Don't let your vote go to waste

Meet new friends and influential people at your next AGM.

David Potts If you're a shareholder you'll have been invited to the company AGM. Make sure you go.

Much ado about nothing

Daryl Dixon A small rise in US rates is not a threat to Australian savers and investors, even if it leads to further market gyrations.

Safety nets not always the best way to go

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Catherine Robson

Catherine Robson Inside the enclosure of the net, children take less care and engage in riskier behaviour. This scenario has lots of parallels with investing.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

America beckons for discs with history

A recording of South Pacific from the collection.

James Cockington Woman inherits fabulous collection of old records. But the question is what to do with it - and where to find someone to sell it to.

GLOSS LOST

Market slump hits mums and dads hardest

John Collett

John Collett Small investors have taken a hit with most of the big dividend payers falling behind the broader market over the past year.

GETTING AHEAD

What to do when the market gets wobbly

The sharemarket is a bit like a plate of jelly - it can get the wobbles.

David Potts There are ways to protect yourself when the market corrects apart, that is, from not being in it in the first place.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Late bloomers can flourish

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley Post retirement, the stockmarket can be a hobby that makes money. And it's fun, too!

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Are the banks cheap yet?

Banks may not be the investment they once were.

Scott Phillips  They're the stocks we love to love, but 2015 has been tough.

ASSET CHECK

Share market biased against small investors

A pat on the back for CBA.

Daryl Dixon Allowing short selling when companies are raising capital or markets are under pressure from external shocks increases the already significant risks for smaller share investors.

GETTING AHEAD

London to a BRIC, the hottest stocks are in Asia

David Potts Whenever our market plays up sure enough there'll be a fund manager spruiking the merits of investing offshore which requires deep research and matching fees.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Should we worry about a China crash?

Festive spirit: In China, a huge shadow banking sector has financed a speculative bubble.

John Addis Chinese leaders are trying to transition from an investment to a consumption-led model. The big question is "how".