Property

MIND OVER MONEY

Home buyers' tips for bidding at auction

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

BANKS

Big bank 'dividend trade' far from over, analysts say

Most investors and super fund members own shares in the Big 4 banks.

John Collett Increasing bad debt provisions, dividends under threat and falling share prices are giving long-term big-bank shareholders pause to think.

THE HONEST BROKER

When 'defensive' assets turn dangerous

Infrastructure stocks such as Sydney Airport have bubbly valuations as investors look for safe havens.

Marcus Padley At some price every stock becomes dangerous, even so-called defensive assets such as Transurban and Sydney Airport.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: The beauty of dividends

Dividends are like turbocharged bank interest.

Scott Phillips Have you ever wondered why so many investors are enamoured with dividends?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Australia's other great duopoly is literally pathological – Sonic and Primary

Graham Witcomb There's Coles and Woolies, Qantas and Virgin, but the new duopoly in town is Primary Health Care and Sonic Healthcare.

ASK NOEL

Are volatile shares worth the pain?

Keep in mind that it's normal to have four negative years out of every 10 if you are investing in the sharemarket.

Noel Whittaker A reader asks Noel Whittaker how dividend income overcomes the volatility of shares.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The number plates that are worth more than cars

James Cockington There are people driving around today with number plates worth more than their cars.

WELL HEELED

Finance: How to get comfortable with investing in shares

Melissa Browne If you think investing in the sharemarket is just a form of gambling but know you should learn more about it, read on.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage skateboards in hot demand

James Cockington Prices for vintage skateboards have taken off over the past 10 years or so.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Don't invest by looking backwards

Scott Phillips  The rear vision mirror isn't for looking forwards - extrapolation from the past can lead investors astray.

Five things to know from Warren Buffett's letter to investors

Over the past five decades, he has built the Omaha, Nebraska-based company into a sprawling enterprise with a stock portfolio valued at more than $US110 billion and interests in insurance, energy, manufacturing, media, retail and transportation.

Jessica Sier Investing sage Warren Buffett has delivered his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders; those fortunate holders of the $US200,000 stock.

INVESTMENT 101

The real definition of risk for investors

Scott Phillips  Throw away the textbooks: investment risk is not the same as volatility.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

For sale: art works by late portrait painter Judy Cassab

James Cockington Painter Judy Cassab left "an indelible mark on the story of Australian art", with her portraits of everyone from prime ministers to princesses.

MONEY BRAIN

Time for the next Big Short?

Catherine Robson Few films about finance make you laugh, are touching and leave you more informed than when you went in.

SUPER & FUNDS

Australian shares world beaters over 100 years

John Collett Australian shares have outperformed the global market over the past century, but local investors still need more exposure to international shares.

HOT STOCK

Market 'overreacting' to Ardent Leisure's Texas exposure

James Lennon Ardent Leisure's share price has experienced some headwinds recently due to market-wide falls.

INVESTMENT

Why investors should consider China in the Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey could be an auspicious time to invest in the undervalued Chinese sharemarket.

Ben Hurley The rise of China's middle class makes long-term investment in China a good bet.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: diversification, risk and volatility

The sharemarket has ups and downs but outperforms cash in the long term.

Scott Phillips When designing your investment goals, you need to decide where you want to be, when, and with what level of volatility.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to spot a future share price disaster

A few minutes studying a financial report can save you from a fall.

James Greenhalgh The first rule of sharemarket investing isn't to make money but not to lose it.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race: Week 3

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens gave a slapdown in central banker speak.

Gareth Hutchens The Dartboard still reigns. Richard Pritchard is still coming second. But they're the only contestants who remain in the black.