Spanner in the works

Annette Sampson Successful investment rests on learning from your mistakes, not avoiding mistakes altogether.

Hot stock: David Jones

David Jones.

Greg Fraser Someone ought to tell David Jones and Myer that the internet became a commercially viable tool in the 1980s.

Insight: investing in banks

Clancy Yeates

Clancy Yeates It can be hard to avoid the big banks if you're a sharemarket investor.

Where Aussies will invest next


Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Research shows Australians are feeling distinctly positive about their finances.

Investment plan requires yearly review


John Kavanagh Trustees of self-managed superannuation funds must review their investment strategies regularly, following a recent change to super regulations.

Rally digs in to last

Illustration: Rocco Fazzari.

John Collett We've heard all about sustainable stockmarket rebounds but this time the signs are more promising.

Hot Stock

Hot stock: Crown

Crown builds hotels to attract visitors to its casinos.

Greg Fraser Crown has been refining its strategy of building integrated resorts for many years and its stock is finding some momentum.

Marcus Padley

Wealth comes to those with time, patience and wealth


Marcus Padley We still get phone calls that start with the question, what commission rates do you charge?

No place like home

Greener pastures ... there are pitfalls to investing in overseas property. Illustration: Sam Bennett.

John Collett Property investors are likely to be better off sticking to home.

Big four to the fore

John Collett In a difficult economic environment, the banks have held up well.

Annual report health check


Nathan Bell Long, boring, self-serving. That's the sentiment most investors profess towards annual reports. No wonder most end up in the bin. And that's where some belong, but not prematurely.

Bushranger booty

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Quirky Investments There must be something in the air. Last night, Sotheby's Australia auctioned one of Sidney Nolan's celebrated Ned Kelly paintings, hoping to fetch more than $1 million (a full report on this sale...

Hot stock: Westfield


Greg Smith What's new? Westfield's solid performance continues, with its premium suite of assets and world-class management keeping the mama of shopping centres on top of its game.

Spot the spivs flogging dud deals


Many years before becoming chief executive officer of Intelligent Investor's sister publication Walnut Report, I worked deep in the bowels of the finance industry.

Flight to safety


Barbara Drury In the new financial world order of low returns and high risk, the chorus of voices urging Australians to cool their love affair with shares and embrace the quiet charm of bonds has been growing...

Power of two

Eddie Machaalani and Mitchell Harper, Co-Founders and C0- CEOs of Big Commerce, a company that provides an e-commerce platforms for online businesses. MONEY photo by Marco Del Grande on April 19, 2012

Profile These are the guys big retailers like Harvey Norman, David Jones and Myer love to hate.

Safe haven stocks for rocky times


The news couldn't be worse. Continuing woes in the euro zone, weak US economic data and concerns about weaker growth in China have left Australian investors with a bad case of the jitters.

Cashing in on koi


Quirky Investments Koi carp have sold for a few million yen each in Japan, where these sacred fish are bred professionally in the manner of thoroughbred racehorses or show dogs.

Borrowing to invest


Lenders are overhauling their margin loans in a bid to overcome investors' reluctance to borrow to buy shares and managed funds.

Foreign investors pull out


Clancy Yeates Foreign governments are among investors threatening to pull the plug on $1 billion in planned investment, in response to the government doubling a key tax on overseas capital.