Property

HOT STOCK

QBE improves its core strength

James Lennon The possibility of higher dividends makes the big insurer quite attractive.

GETTING AHEAD

Gold on the ropes is a positive sign

In the long term gold has proven to be a dubious investment, but it still offers a better return than Bitcoin.

David Potts Gold's falling price points to the US Federal Reserve getting closer to raising rates.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Learn from the wealthy and invest like a pro

Mark Bouris If you're going to make the most of your investments you have to think like a professional investor.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Ignore the problems – look for the opportunities instead

While some investors may feel all at sea, there's no need to panic.

John Addis Don't let the fear get to you - there are a some big long-term trends running in our favour.

End of seven-year rule brings a new ball game for retirees

Brokers on the floor of the UBS trading room in Sydney.

Craig Racine The seven-year rule used to be a persuasive sales pitch for financial planners. Now it is gone.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Kovar story travels from the pyramids to a Melbourne attic

Lot 44?AN EGYPTIAN MOSAIC GLASS ?NEW
COMEDY? THEATRICAL MASK INLAY, Ptolemaic to Roman Period, Circa 1st Century
B.C.-1st Century A.D., the rectangular opaque section of a deep blue matrix,
the anterior and rear featuring a female face framed with three yellow flowers
and fringed with a coiffure of red curls tied in a topknot and extending to two
plaits; 3.8x2cm. Est.?$7,500 ? $9,500

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James Cockington Czech diplomat's art collection, found in a Melbourne attic, goes under the hammer.

What if you assume wrong?

To assume makes an ass of you and me.

Lewis J. Walker We invest our money and make a lot of other life choices based on assumptions. But how do we know they are right?

GETTING AHEAD

Sustained jobs growth a good sign for investors

The Chinese stockmarket is permanently volatile.

David Potts The sharemarket was in a state well before Greece and China upset the apple cart, even though the economy is growing enough to lift profits.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Being contrary can make your garden grow

Following the crowd has its risks.

Scott Phillips Being selectively independent and taking a different view when it's prudent to do so is a great strategy to make money.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Law firm set to strike it rich

Rosemary Laing, Grounded (Red Piazza). Yours for between $8000 and $12,000.

James Cockington Minter Ellison's new, open-plan office has left it with no place for its art collection. It's hoping to make as much as $500,000 from selling it off.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

How to kick the lights out in the new financial year

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Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley How does last year's performance colour your investment choices for the next 12 months?

ON TRACK?

Pick a tracker that doesn't lose the scent

One of the first myths of index investing is that an index fund allows you to

Richard Livingston ETFs (and other index funds) are low-cost, but they're not zero-cost, and fund returns will always lag the market.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

All fired up for live steam sale

OS 5-inch guage live steam Stephenson's Rocket with matching trailer.

James Cockington An upcoming auction of some top end model trains has boys of all ages all steamed up.

INSIGHT

Savers say deposit accounts are best option

Perceived as super-safe: bank deposits topped a recent survey on wise investing.

Clancy Yeates Interest rates on bank deposits are miserable, but apparently the humble savings account is as popular as ever.

UNDER THE RADAR

Onthehouse holds on to its potential but needs a white knight

Onthehouse needs a white knight to come to its rescue.

Richard Hemming Shares in website owner and real estate services group Onthehouse have more than quadrupled since listing in August last year.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Turns out greed not that good after all

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Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley Stockbrokers' child or small European nation - the culture of easy credit has got us all into a world of trouble.

COLLECTING

Breaking the mould

Ken Neale sits on a Vacario chair. He sells them for between $1500 and $1600.

Stephen Crafti Designer plastic furniture is getting harder to find - and prices are rising.

MOTLEY FOOL

Shares: What are you really buying?

Scott Phillips Don't let the so-called ''experts'' tell you it's too hard.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Even fake Kangaroos come at a premium

This strip of three pale blue/green one-shilling stamps, with JBC monogram attached, is one of only two known to have survived.

James Cockington Kangaroo and Map stamps are so popular among collectors that counterfeits have attained a certain cachet.

INVESTING

A war chest for when the price is right

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David Potts

David Potts Warren Buffett has invested in insurer IAG and likes our banks, too. Should you follow his lead?