Property

Deflating speculation on the property bubble

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.

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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Smarts driving to lost peaks

Lost and found: Jeffrey Smart's Radial Road goes to auction on August 26.

James Cockington A long-lost Jeffrey Smart is set to be sold, with experts predicting prices for the late artist's work will reclaim the highs of a few years back.

PROPERTY

Reliable REITs unsung heroes of booming market

If you're looking for a simpler way to invest in property than directly buying it, REITS are performing well and could be the answer.

David Potts Real Estate Investment Trusts beat home ownership for a hassle-free and healthy return.

PROPERTY

Can you afford it? Can you afford to ignore it?

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David Potts With low interest rates property prices jumped 10 per cent last year. That growth is slowing, but should you stay waiting on the sidelines?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Precipice looms for some if franking rules change

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Richard Livingston If dividend imputation rules change, expect the share prices of the banks and Telstra to fall over a cliff.

SHARES RACE

Shares race: dartboard takes lead in four-week race

David Potts Random picks by the dartboard were the best result after the first week of a month-long shares race.

There's more to come from CBA after record profit

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David Potts If the Commonwealth Bank can make $8.7 billion, what it could do in better times?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Collectors hunt for old Australian harmonicas

Key item: Magpie harmonicas were released by Macrow's of Melbourne.

James Cockington Tin sandwiches are worth more than a song these days.

HOT STOCK

Ardent bulks up with Fitness First

Gym takeover: Ardent Leisure is expanding its fitness footprint.

Greg Smith Ardent's Fitness First purchase makes the group even more attractive.

HOT STOCK

Trade Me worth sticking with

Dominant: Trade Me has a strong position  in the New Zealand economy.

Greg Smith The Trade Me share price has been under pressure in the past two months as a result of some transitional headaches regarding the New Zealand online marketplace’s new pricing structures for real...

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Before you buy stocks check out why they are being sold

Care bear: Making the bear case before you buy is crucial.

Nathan Bell We’ve all become excited about a company after too little research. We’ve told ourselves the stock is set to double – nay, triple – once the market understands it.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What next for Telstra?

Tough times ahead: A changing market means Telstra will struggle to find growth.

Nathan Bell This is a business under threat as more companies are linked to the network by competitors’ fibre.

COLLECTING

For the love of grand designs

Paper treasure: Phyllis Murphy with a sampling of her wallpaper collection.

Stephen Crafti Paint is popular for interiors, but wallpaper has a timelessness about it that won over this collector.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Spread yourself out, but not too thinly

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Hand-woven indigenous bowl, $140 and African soapstone eggs, $7 large , $5 small from Juliet Horsley

Richard Livingston Diversification is about minimising the impact of luck and improving the odds of getting an outcome closer to what you expect.

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Want big returns? Go global

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David Potts With a fall in the dollar expected, the US and Europe are the places to invest.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six good things that happen to great businesses

Going up: The six issues here are pointers to a company that will thrive in the good times and the not so good times.

Nathan Bell When it comes to investing in the sharemarket, solidly dependable companies are an important cornerstone of that strategy.