From Sydney's inner suburbs to the mining towns of Western Australia, investors are scrambling to take advantage of a growing rental crisis and the lowest mortgage costs in years.
Nathan Bell When the smart money sells down, why wouldn't you follow suit? That's a question shareholders in Westfield Retail Trust are asking themselves.
James Cockington Baby boomers are spending big on vintage surfboards to hang on their walls and show that, once upon a time, they were young too.
Clancy Yeates If our economy is in pretty good nick, why are retailers always complaining about how tough things are?
David Potts The best way to deal with a bank is by owning a bit of it. Take your typical term deposit. You'll be lucky if you're getting much more than 4 per cent - unless it goes back a couple of years - but...
Quirky Investments In a world of Google and GPS, it's interesting that the significance of antique maps, the ones actually printed on paper, appears to be increasing.
Nathan Bell Being the chief executive of one of the largest and most eminent global miners should be a dream job, especially in a boom.
Residential real estate is a much-loved investment and everyone seems to know someone who has doubled their money playing property.
Quirky Investments Any outbreaks of spontaneous joy you may have witnessed this month could have been coming from stamp collectors, known as philatelists, celebrating the centenary of Australia's Kangaroo and Map...
Hot Stock What's new One of the largest independent financial service companies in Australia, IOOF, has bulked up in recent years and we view it as offering both sides of the merger-and-acquisition (M&A) story.
Quirky Investments It was 18 months ago that the boom in sales of oriental antiques on the secondary market was covered in this column.
Greg Smith The Macau government recently reported that annual gambling revenue in the Chinese enclave had risen by 13.5 per cent in 2012.
John Collett If the fearless forecasts of economists and analysts for 2013 prove correct, our sharemarket will hit 5000 points, interest rates will slide, and the Australian dollar will finally lose some heat.
Madeleine Heffernan Phil Burgess, the outspoken former public policy chief at Telstra, famously said he wouldn't recommend Telstra shares to his mother.
Barbara Drury The summer holidays are a time to kick back and relax, but they are also a perfect opportunity to ponder the future and make some New Year's resolutions.
Investors are having one of their best years since the global financial crisis started.
Clancy Yeates About this time of year, many people are tempted by the lure of a holiday home.
UNDER THE RADAR
Richard Hemming Pain on the high streets doesn't mean all retailers are struggling.
Matthew Kidman There is a robust case to argue we could be heading towards cash rates of just 2 per cent.
Gareth Hutchens The number of Australians directly owning shares fell to the lowest level in more than a decade as the global finance crisis has sapped investor confidence and crimped returns.