Property

LOW RATES

Time to spread the load

John Collett If the Reserve Bank cuts interest rates on Tuesday, savers and those living off their savings may need to reconsider their investment options.

GETTING STARTED

Oil's slide means good times for top gold producers

David Potts Most shares are dragging their heels but since late last year gold miners have been going like the clappers.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Scary art at monster prices

James Cockington Prices for rare cinema posters have soared over the past decade, with collectors particularly attracted by gaudy horror and sci-fi.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Stark warning: Winter is coming, prepare for the worst

Scott Phillips As sure as night follows day, busts have followed booms since time immemorial. So are you ready for the next recession?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Auction joy from barn finds and tinpot toys

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James Cockington What sells and what doesn't remains a mystery that tantalises even the auction experts.

BUILDING WEALTH

More than one way to strike it rich

Save or splurge: The road to investment property success can take many turns.

Kate Jones There's a number of paths to success in property investing. But which will bring the biggest rewards?

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

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John Collett 5.3 per cent

GETTING STARTED

Stick or twist? The smart move is to sit tight

Better to take the losses in order to win big when things improve.

Sally Patten If the going gets rough, investors should remember one of the key lessons from the GFC.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Predictable predictions for 2015

Time for a bit of foresight for 2015.

Marcus Padley The great thing about the stock market at the end of the year is that you can look back and see everything that you should have known.

GETTING STARTED

Rush into bonds gives shares some added shine

The Japanese are stepping up money printing.

David Potts With bonds offering ultra low and even negative yields dividend paying shares are more attractive to investors. Indispensable even.

HOLIDAY HOMES

Smart investment or just a money pit?

Simply irresistible: Lisa Marquette made a snap decision to purchase her holiday retreat but says she has no regrets.

David Potts Thinking of buying a beach shack or a hideaway in the hills? Take a breath – you could end up with a whole heap of hassle.

Bargain holiday properties are out there if you want them

It doesn't have to be a run-down hut. Most cheap places just require work on the bathroom and kitchen.

Kate Jones There are holiday properties for less than $200,000. It’s just a matter of scouting them out.

UNDER THE RADAR

Australian gold producers benefit from price rebound and weaker dollar

Gold, fingers: Northern Star's profit margins have gone from somewhere between 0 and $50 an ounce to $250 an ounce.

Richard Hemming With the gold price rebounding from its lows and the dollar weaker, smaller gold producers are running hot.

COLLECTIING

Wind me up and watch me go

Stephen Crafti They were made to amuse children but many adults will pay silly money for vintage tin toys.

SMART INVESTING

The best ways to lose money

Richard Livingston Often regarded as the world's most successful investor, Warren Buffett says the first rule of making money is never to lose money.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Lose weight, stop smoking, invest in yourself

Kick it in the butt: Stop smoking and start saving.

Scott Phillips It's time to forget your bad old habits and start living your financial life more healthily. Here's how.

SHORT CHANGE

CareSuper and Crowe Horwath join forces to help DIY fund closures

Four real men bravely pose as underwear models.

Davids Potts CareSuper and Crowe Horwath join forces to help DIY fund closures.

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Confidence: Marcus Moufarrige and Alf Moufarrige of Servcorp at the office in Sydney.

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Klassic Kombi: Micro bus, macro price

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Owner Colin Stark  poses for a photo with The Volkswagen Kombi Split Window EZ Camper he is selling at an upcoming Shannons auction on September 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. VW Kombi Van  (Photo by Patrick Scala/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Colin Stark; Volkswagen Kombi

James Cockington A new Australian record is likely to be set next week, with a restored 1966 version nicknamed Buster expected to clear $70,000.