Property

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Are the banks cheap yet?

Scott Phillips  They're the stocks we love to love, but 2015 has been tough.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage just got a little younger

A Japanese kimono from the 1950s, selling for $250, and a Comme des Garcon's  wool pinafore designed by Junya Watanabe - price sought $420.

James Cockington Still wearing clothes from the nineties? Lucky you - fashion from this decade is in high demand.

WRITING'S ON THE WALL

Star autograph? No thanks. Let me take a selfie

REFILE - CORRECTING MEDALS TO TROPHIES
Australia's Massimo Luongo (front) takes a 'selfie' photograph with his team mates as they celebrate with their trophies and the Asian Cup after beating South Korea to win the tournament at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

James Cockington Celebrity snaps seem set to consign signed memorabilia to the scrapheap.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Gilding via Chile brings French chic to McMansions

Auctioneer Christian McCann with one of  a  pair of 19th century Sevres and ormolu vases which sold for  $8250.

James Cockington Our big new homes need filling. Many people want to fill them with old furniture. Auction houses are happy to help.

BUILDING WEALTH

Scrooge landlords not helping themselves

If property owners are not maintenance minded, tenants might not tell them when something major happens.

Nina Hendy Tight-fisted investors are public enemy number one in the renting world. Here’s how to avoid being one.

GETTING IT REIT

Real estate investment trusts offer high returns for investors

David Potts - dink - dinkus

David Potts Property is booming but investors won't be getting anywhere near the rental yield that listed real estate investment trusts can offer.

MARGIN CALL

Margin lending can lead to capital loss if share prices fall and call on loan is made

It's alluring, but you don't get much wriggle room with margin lending.

Richard Livingston If you want to borrow to buy shares, other avenues might provide a better way to do it.

ASSET CHECK

Share market biased against small investors

A pat on the back for CBA.

Daryl Dixon Allowing short selling when companies are raising capital or markets are under pressure from external shocks increases the already significant risks for smaller share investors.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to find the right super fund

Scott Phillips The process can seem daunting, but it’s easier than you think

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Memories of Dame Nellie Melba go to auction

James Cockington Pieces from the personal history of Australia's original diva - including a selection of toast racks - are going under the hammer.

HOT STOCK

Sunland's Queensland portfolio will benefit from weaker Australian dollar

Coming up roses: A proposed Brisbane residential tower plan by Sunland Group.

Greg Smith A Queensland focus and an astute property profile management makes Sunland a good option.

GETTING STARTED

What do company reports really mean?

David Potts To get to the bottom of the bottom line you want more money in the company coffers at the end of the year than at the start.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to profit from declining dollar

Scott Phillips The currency has fallen… here’s what to do next.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Weigh up your needs as you pick your investments

A carefully constructed investment portfolio will ensure you remain in good shape.

Thabojan Rasiah A portfolio with a good balance of growth and defensive investments is more likely to provide you with the cash flow you need.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Neglected artform shaping up for saleroom success

James Cockington Sculpture auctions, especially high quality ones, are rare. So for the cognoscenti, next week's sale is a red letter day.

GETTING AHEAD

London to a BRIC, the hottest stocks are in Asia

David Potts Whenever our market plays up sure enough there'll be a fund manager spruiking the merits of investing offshore which requires deep research and matching fees.

CHASING YIELD

Join hunt for a plan that pays

Dogged: Carefully check options to sniff out reliable returns.

David Potts Must rate cuts mean a pay cut? There are ways to get a better income for only slightly more risk.

Sunday Money Data Service

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Easing calms nerves, soothes jitters, makes income stocks shine

Jill and Jack Citizen are not the primary beneficiaries of quantitative easing.

Marcus Padley Europe's money printing may not do much for Europe's economy but could be better news for the lowly Australian investor.

How to make rate cut work for you

What to do for the best...

David Potts Should you increase your mortgage repayments, or shunt the savings into super?