Greg Fraser Someone ought to tell David Jones and Myer that the internet became a commercially viable tool in the 1980s.
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.
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.
Hot Stock What's new? Shareholders have reaped a nice gain from Commonwealth Bank of Australia this year, with an improved dividend and a share-price gain well ahead of the market.
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.
Clancy Yeates If our economy is in pretty good nick, why are retailers always complaining about how tough things are?
Following the global financial crisis and recession, America is remaking itself.
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...
Marcus Padley It has been an incredible three decades of asset speculation and price appreciation - in both shares and property.
Mark Bouris Every economy has cycles and we may be approaching the end of one that has been good for mortgage-holders.
James Cockington Those who work for auction houses dream of moments such as this. Luke Jones, of Lawsons Auctioneers in Leichhardt, Sydney, was contacted recently by a valuer who suggested he check out the contents...
The "safe haven" metal's bull run is waning, with loud talk among investors that 2013 may mark the end of its spectacular 12-year bull run.
Richard Livingston Imagine you're doing the grocery shopping. A glance at your Woolies iPhone app suggests you're out of Weet-Bix, priced at $5.49 a box. So you wander over to the cereal aisle to grab one.
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.
David Potts The prevalence of computer-generated trading in the modern sharemarket has created an unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous, environment for investors.