Property

Property feels the global pinch

Philip Hopkins PROPERTY sentiment in Victoria has turned sour and is the second worst in the country.

Deflating speculation on the property bubble

Shrinking house.

David Potts Home prices will halve over the next few years, says the only forecaster to have predicted both the record sharemarket run to 2007 as well as the subsequent GFC. And that was in 1993.

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Gloomy property outlook

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon THE champagne tasted a little sweeter this Melbourne Cup, thanks to the Reserve Bank's line-ball decision to reduce interest rates.

Smart ways to climb the property ladder

Emma Challands.

Penny Pryor Project engineer Emma Challands would like to be in a position to retire before 40.

Rental gains raise property hopes

Real estate

Chris Zappone SLUMPING home prices and persistently poor housing affordability helped lift quarterly rent yields for the first time in nine months, raising hopes for an improved real estate market this year.

Property investing: cash towers over trusts

Yarra River and Melbourne skyline

Carolyn Cummins The virtues of investing directly into property by asset acquisitions or indirectly through real estate investment trusts have been brought to the fore.

SHORT CHANGE

A leg of briefs

Clothing and entertainment: Choice says households are being forced to spend less.

John Potts Budgeting? ASIC has an app for that.

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.

Bouris on Money

Ten ways to read the economy

Big picture: Understand the economy before you make major financial decisions.

Mark Bouris When you make financial decisions outside your normal expertise you’ll need to understand the broader economy.

Gauging the risks with financial investments

Risk adviser.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to be aware of the possibility of volatility and the need to be able, and willing, to sit out price declines.

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

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

INVESTING

Dividend fountain set to keep on spouting

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David Potts Payouts aren't up a great deal - bar a few spectacular exceptions - but more companies are paying them.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Blue chips post records

Howard Arkley's Large House With Fence (1998).

James Cockington Experts have noticed that results of fine art auctions seem to echo those of the real estate market.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

When do hard assets offer real value?

Hot and cold: All that melts is not gold, the unfortunate tale of BlueScope.

Nathan Bell A company values hard assets on its balance sheet. But how accurate is that figure when the ''for sale'' signs are out?

THE ‘HONEST’ BROKER

Lies, damned lies and share price graphics

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Marcus Padley Charts are a salesman's best friend and manipulating them is a well-worn industry practice designed to calm customers down.

UNDER THE RADAR

Bubble or brilliance? Either way Audio Pixels is on a roll

Tangled headphones.

Richard Hemming Australian technology minnow Audio Pixels has investors in a frenzy with shares almost tripling since early June.

SHORT CHANGE

CareSuper and Crowe Horwath join forces to help DIY fund closures

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

FLOATS

Share floats a bonanza for shareholders

Capital investment: Floats valued at $14 billion have been offered to the public in the last 12 months.

John Collett The past 12 months or so have seen a record number of floats on the sharemarket.

INVESTING

Never mind the profit outlook, feel the dividends

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Even as the dividends flowed something was missing from this year's profit reports, and perhaps more remarkably, nobody noticed.