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.
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.
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.
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?
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...
Following the global financial crisis and recession, America is remaking itself.
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.
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.
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.
Nathan Bell When the smart money sells down, why wouldn't you follow suit? That's a question shareholders in Westfield Retail Trust are asking themselves.
David Potts The prevalence of computer-generated trading in the modern sharemarket has created an unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous, environment for investors.
James Cockington Baby boomers are spending big on vintage surfboards to hang on their walls and show that, once upon a time, they were young too.
Nathan Bell Everyone loves the idea of buying stocks that double in price. But how do you spot them? Here are 10 quick pointers:
Hot Stock Suncorp is making strides on its path to delivering value to shareholders by stripping out cost, winding down non-core banking, improving general insurance margins and returning capital.
David Potts Although a slew of companies have already downgraded their profit hopes, market experts are pointing out that returns are higher, even if the outlook remains uncertain.