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
Mark Bouris The low interest rates are not welcomed by savers and retirees, but there are opportunities to maximise your returns.
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...
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.
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.
John Collett Changes in the official cash rate always create winners and losers. Irene Dumer is one of the winners.
James Cockington Keen buyers at the latest Leonard Joel fine art auction were ''all looking for the Brett Whiteley of the future''.
John Manuel Owing BHP and Rio Tinto isn't diversification, nor is owning a rental property down the road from your own home.
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 Don't forget that it is the after-tax return of investments that counts and that is where franked dividends come into their own.
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
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".
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.
Scott Phillips Bank staff's remuneration is not aligned with their customers' success – only the banks'.
Mark Bouris You may have to take on a large debt to buy it, but the family home also becomes your biggest asset.
Scott Phillips The big bank CEOs seem contrite at the parliamentary inquiry, but the banks are probably safe from real consequences.
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?
Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon has a new column helping fight financial injustice.
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.
Graham Witcomb We all get lucky investing from time to time. Here's how to know whether your results are from skill or luck.