Property

GETTING STARTED

Overcoming your irrational inner self

David Potts When you buy a Lotto ticket do you choose your own numbers?

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE

Open up to a world of market gains

Investing overseas offers opportunities and industries that aren't available in Australia.

David Potts Sharemarkets almost everywhere around the world are booming - and they're putting our market to shame.

UNDER THE RADAR

How a small cap miner doubled despite a weak copper price

Richard Hemming Highlands Pacific's stock had doubled in the past month and is now up 50 per cent since the start of March.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

'Sticky beak' factor pays off for collectors

Bonhams' sale of property developer Warren Anderson's assorted treasures earned $13.1 million.

James Cockington For those contemplating selling a collection, the big question is how much will they get out of it?

COILLECTING

Art world's big hitter back on the block

John Brack, First Daughter 1955 
Estimate $600,000-$800,000.

James Cockington The art world is excited about John Brack's 'First Daughter', which is going under the hammer next week.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Brack on the block

The Jockey and His Wife, sold at Bonhams' 2013 Grundy auction in Sydney for $1,159,000 (est $600,000 - $800,000).

James Cockington A painting from John Brack's golden period is going under the hammer this month. Big things are expected.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Building wealth for share-loving investors

Scott Phillips Here’s a way to have your cake and eat it, too.

SUPER & FUNDS

Developers paying brokers for investors’ names

John Collett dinkus Dinkus

John Collett Some off-the-plan property developers are making payments to mortgage brokers in return for sales leads.

INSIGHT

Don't ignore the signs when it comes to yield

Clancy Yeates dinkus Dinkus

Clancy Yeates The house price boom in Australia's two biggest cities is crunching the most immediate source of return for property investors: rental yields.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Short term or long, whichever fits best

Investment choices depends on where you want to park your money.

Marcus Padley Investors should be asking which investment is best suited to their own personal disposition, urgency, risk appetite and personality.

HOT PROPERTY

Gold Coast's latest boom on horizon

Gold Coast property prices have left the doldrums and appear to be about to soar.

Angus Geddes After seven fallow post-GFC years, Gold Coast property is possibly poised for a fresh boom.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The modern way to furnish it

Lot 33, a pair of Kai Kristiansen chairs in original Missoni fabric, estimate $800-$1200 (Denmark).

James Cockington Something to furnish your investment property with - or more in keeping with your home?

MONEY'S PROPERTY SPECIAL

Pensioners' poser: nest - or divest?

Many retirees find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place once they try to downsize.

Barbara Drury The garden's too big, there's too many steps to the front door – it's time to move to somewhere smaller. So what's stopping you? Well...

EXPERT TIPS

Netting a better rental return

When deciding how much rent you could achieve, do your own homework.

Nina Hendy Squeezing every possible dollar out of your rental income is top of mind for every landlord. Here’s how the experts do it.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six ways for a girl to get started in investing

It's important to get your children to learn about the value of saving and investing, without scaring them off.

John Addis It's never too early to begin and these tips should help get the ball rolling.

TIP OF THE WEEK

If it's in fashion it'll leave you out of pocket

What's in fashion now can easily fall out of favour.

Michael Hutton Following the latest investment fads can cost you in the long term.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How to best invest your parents' savings: share market or balanced funds?

Investments need to be made with an eye to the future.

George Cochane Should my mum put half her savings into the share market?

GETTING STARTED

Why an ETF suits couch potatoes

David Potts

David Potts Exchange traded funds are the first step in for the novice. I’d never leave home without one, frankly.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Not to be sniffed at

Four of a set of 12 Chinese inside-painted   Twenty-four Filial Exemplars glass snuff bottles, by Liu Ziyi  dated 1986,  sold for $9150 IBP (estimate $3000-??$4000).

James Cockington Small, but perfectly formed, Chinese snuff bottles are a blooming market for both local and overseas collectors.

THE 'HONEST' INVESTOR

Future of super will be in your own hands

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley Before you know it, you'll be able to run your superannuation investments yourself.