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.
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.
Lenders are overhauling their margin loans in a bid to overcome investors' reluctance to borrow to buy shares and managed funds.
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.
Annette Sampson Is a financial adviser worth the cost? The bad news is that it can be difficult to tell. Many of us only realise we have received bad advice when those highly recommended investments turn out to be...
Hot Stock After almost $1 billion in capital expenditure, the relaunch of The Star casino in Sydney has been anything but glamorous.
John Kavanagh Investors who used mortgage trusts as regular income sources in the past have had to look elsewhere since the global financial crisis.
Barbara Drury A great surge of money has flowed into global bond markets since the global financial crisis, but Australians have missed the boat.
Chris Zappone The era of flipping houses in a rising market is over with the data showing homes are changing hands at the slowest pace since at least 2000.
Quirky Investments The Sotheby's Australia chairman, Geoffrey Smith, cautiously describes the results from the latest sale of Important Australian Art as ''solid'', adding that ''one successful sale does not make a...
Quirky Investments Despite its marginal exposure in the media, greyhound racing is a major sport in terms of cash rewards.
Quirky Investments With doomsayers predicting the demise of the printed word, it's encouraging to see that books and related material still have some value. Great value, in some cases.
Quirky Investments We first picked up on the boom in pre-loved designer fashion in April last year when Leonard Joel held its first specialised auction on this theme in Melbourne.
Insight Small investors have some clear favourites when it comes to playing the stockmarket.
Quirky Investments Stamps are often nominated as the most expensive man-made objects on a value to weight ratio.
Buy in gloom and sell in boom is sharemarket advice that has been proved right over and again. There is no doubt that investors are gloomy; the question is, are we gloomy enough yet?
Michael Trifunovic The debate rages over whether gold will continue its bull run or whether its bubble is about to burst.
Volatile investment markets and question marks over property values are making line-of-credit loans less popular and potentially harder to unwind for those who have one.
I Can Do That The strategy To protect myself from online investment scams.
Annette Sampson Looking for somewhere safe to stash some cash? Then a good pair of reading spectacles or magnifying glass should be the first thing you reach for.