Property

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

British buyers under spell of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's Australian bush magic

James Cockington Ida Rentoul Outhwaite is not exactly a household name in Australia but the artwork from her children's illustrations is worth tens of thousands of dollars in Britain.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Kogan and the new age of retail

Ruslan Kogan, pictured, might have a very 21st-century story but the echoes from Gerry Harvey's story are unmistakeable.

Scott Phillips Rich Lister Gerry Harvey and challenger Ruslan Kogan have more in common than they'd like to admit.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: counting the cost of catastrophe

Scott Phillips The recent storms down the eastern coast of Australia brought with them significant loss. Should you invest in insurance companies?

PROPERTY

How landlords can protect themselves from nightmare tenants

Rogue tenants are a landlord's worst nightmare.

John Collett It's a property investor's worst nightmare – the rogue tenant who falls into rent arrears, or worse, causes malicious damage to the property.

MONEY MENTOR

Be warned: we're hard-wired for a financial fall

Warnings of danger are not always heeded, as proved at a Newcastle beach.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon My three year old is climbing – then jumping off – ever taller objects. Far taller already than it's possible for my short self to reach.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Artist Angus O'Callaghan finally discovered at the age of 91

Melbourne photographer Angus O'Callaghan with his camera.

James Cockington Serendipity led to the discovery of photographer Angus O'Callaghan and the success of his 1960s photographs of Melbourne.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage postcards a 'grossly undervalued market' for collectors

One of the first mass-produced Christmas cards, 1871.

James Cockington Mossgreen's postcard auction, to be held in Melbourne on December 14, is claimed as the first of its kind held by any major auction house in Australia.

MONEY BRAIN

How a financial planner changed Book Club host Jennifer Byrne's life

Jennifer Byrne on ABC's The Book Club.

Catherine Robson What drives wealth creation?

YOUR QUESTIONS

George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

Retirement plans should take account of longer lifespans.

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to avoid investing in the next Dick Smith

With disappointing Christmas sales, Dick Smith felt the crunch in the new year.

Scott Phillips Some simple rules could keep you out of trouble.

OUTLOOK

Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

Electronics retailer Harvey Norman says sales were up 7.1 per cent in the September quarter.

David Potts If he dropped by one of this week's annual meetings, the Reserve Bank's Glenn Stevens would hear a different story to the official narrative.

MIND OVER MONEY

What The Big Short movie can teach ordinary people

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's exciting watching the traders short the US mortgage market before the global financial crisis, but it's not something the rest of us can emulate.

SOLAR BOOM

How investors can plug into the solar boom

Solar energy specialist Jake Steele, Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon and Tom Nockolds from Pingala have the answer to

David Potts You can ride the solar boom even if you rent, live in an apartment or in the shade.

Households gear up for next phase of the solar revolution

Fiona Workman had solar panels installed on her roof two years ago.

David Potts Solar panels are landing on rooftops just as the Hills Hoist invaded backyards. If you're not solar-powered, you're not with it.

HOT STOCK

Hot stocks: KFC owner Collins Foods is taking flight again

Greg Smith Collins Foods' KFC business now represents around 85 per cent of total income, and has performed strongly in the past financial year, despite rising labour rates.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by the baby formula shortage.

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The 98 per cent of opportunities you're missing

Global brands such as Nike should be on the radar for Australian investors.

Scott Phillips Why do people willingly restrict themselves to 2 per cent of the market when it comes to shares?

MIND OVER MONEY

Home buyers' tips for bidding at auction

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Mind Over Money | If your goal is to buy a home, you need a strategy for how to deal with auctions.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chairs that are too valuable to sit on

The Le Corbusier cowhide and chrome chaise longue.

James Cockington  When is a chair not a chair? When it's a design icon.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The five biggest investment mistakes

Investors should emulate Aesop's tortoise not the hare.

Scott Phillips At its best, investing is slow, somewhat boring - and potentially very profitable.