It’s easier to get in with the e-crowd

Christine Long Small investors could soon find fresh ways to back new ventures.


Bejewelled animal brooches are back in vogue

Lot 117: 18ct gold, emerald, ruby and onyx 'Chat Malicieux' brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1955. Estimate $12,000-18,000. Image: supplied

James Cockington Van Cleef & Arpels' menagerie series was aimed at a younger market when it was released - and now it's come of age.

Proposed listing rule changes may lock small investors out of sharemarket floats

John Collett If changes to the listing rules proposed by the Australian Securities Exchange go through, small private investors may be locked out of sharemarket floats.


Spark New Zealand delivers a haymaker for the naysayers

Spark has seen many changes with a  major rebranding.

Greg Smith The Kiwi telco has surpassed earnings growth expectations and delivered a higher dividend. But is it a good buy?


What to do during market turmoil

No, we're not in panic mode yet.

Richard Livingston Shares in our big banks and miners have been hard hit. That makes now a good time to buy. Or does it?

How to save the planet and enjoy better investment returns

Roxane Ingleton is active politically and in how she invests.

John Collett Investors who invest ethically are helping their hip-pocket as well as the planet. And it's catching on. What used to be on the fringes of investing is moving mainstream.

Motley Fool: Investing for income in a low-rate world

Scott Phillips Lower rates are wonderful for borrowers, of course, but they're a huge headache for those living from their investments, or those who are pursuing a strategy of reinvesting that income to increase...


How investors outgun first home buyers

The auction trail can be dispiriting for first home buyers.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's not just that one in three buyers are investors, it's also that they're disproportionately competing with first-home buyers.


Beware Yanks selling Airbnb shares in the latest scam

In days gone by, scammers would sell the Brooklyn Bridge. Now they have other tricks.

Marcus Padley If someone calls trying to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, you'd run a mile. It's no different if they're offering Airbnb shares instead.


Trackers can get your finances in shape

Behaviours encouraged by your Fitbit can also be applied to your financial life.

Catherine Robson Whether its your health or your money, developing positive habits is the cornerstone of success.


How it feels to get burned on the stockmarket - one investor's hard-learned advice

Paul Courtney, left, has learned the hard way about what not to do when investing. He is with his son, financial adviser Andrew Courtney.

David Wilson The tumult on the share markets this week is a reminder to all investors of just how treacherous trading can be.


The rise of the Gen Y share investor

If you get kids interested in the stock market when they are young they are likely to develop a healthy interest.

Barbara Drury Tech-savvy young investors are tapping into the share market.


Buyers beware in banks' stock clearance sales

The Big Four banks are having a clearance sale.

David Potts It might look tempting, but don't rush in to buy.


Four areas to focus on this reporting season

The reaction to the Commonwealth Bank results shows you can meet expectations, but that's not enough.

Richard Hemming Growth is the key to making money on the stock market and the balance sheet is one place where you can see it.


At last - the horrible truth about the stock market

Marcus Padley This is how how the share market really works. To the insiders, it's like a car yard.


Chinese take a fancy to all things French

James Cockington It's not just property that's seeing the effects of growing Chinese wealth. One Melbourne antique dealer is also feeling the warmth.


Is NAB set to shine?

Seen by some as the poor relation of the major banks, NAB is poised for big things.


Here's how to cast off the chains of debt

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley What can the younger generation do to avoid getting trapped by our debt culture?


Companies' progress on parade

Ready for action: the reporting season is likely to show profit results for the past financial year that are much better than some gloomy forecasts.

David Potts Forget the gloomy forecasts - this reporting season may bring some pleasant surprises.


Just the ticket for MCC collectors

This membership pass in the form of a ticket, from the 1879/80 season, was the best performer in the Perth auction. It sold for $1700.

James Cockington MCC members badges have a special place in the hearts of sporting memorabilia fans.