Property investing not a good fit for all

Marcus Padley It is not one or the other when weighing up the benefits of either share or property investments.

Falling Australian dollar will benefit domestic tourism and property

Copper pipes sit on display at a Lowe's store in Cary, North Carolina, U.S., on Monday, May 18, 2009. Copper futures rose to a one-week high as falling inventories and a weakening dollar boosted speculation that demand will increase for the metal used in pipes and wires. Photographer: Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg News

David Potts The 5 per cent drop in the dollar in a fortnight is good news for nearly all of us.


Don't blame the bogeymen for high property prices

Apartments in Melbourne's Docklands could be pulling down the median growth rate.

David Potts It's usually investors and foreigners taking turns as the housing bogyman but lately they've teamed up.

Abandoning the banks for shares and property

Peter Martin and Gareth Hutchens Australians are ditching banks and ploughing their savings into real estate and shares.


Buying property through self-managed super funds has its pitfalls

Bricks and mortar: Financial adviser Amanda Cassar pooled super funds with her husband to buy an investment unit on the Gold Coast.

Kate Jones When financial adviser Amanda Cassar's clients began seeking advice about property investment through self-managed superannuation funds she wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

Buying property abroad no holiday

Home sales

It could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Certainly a lot of people think so as they take advantage of the high Australian dollar by picking up bargain properties in the US or Britain.

Property feels the global pinch

Philip Hopkins PROPERTY sentiment in Victoria has turned sour and is the second worst in the country.

Deflating speculation on the property bubble

Shrinking house.

David Potts Home prices will halve over the next few years, says the only forecaster to have predicted both the record sharemarket run to 2007 as well as the subsequent GFC. And that was in 1993.

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Gloomy property outlook

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon THE champagne tasted a little sweeter this Melbourne Cup, thanks to the Reserve Bank's line-ball decision to reduce interest rates.

Smart ways to climb the property ladder

Emma Challands.

Penny Pryor Project engineer Emma Challands would like to be in a position to retire before 40.

Rental gains raise property hopes

Real estate

Chris Zappone SLUMPING home prices and persistently poor housing affordability helped lift quarterly rent yields for the first time in nine months, raising hopes for an improved real estate market this year.

Property investing: cash towers over trusts

Yarra River and Melbourne skyline

Carolyn Cummins The virtues of investing directly into property by asset acquisitions or indirectly through real estate investment trusts have been brought to the fore.

Property becalmed as financial storms rage

The fallout from overseas tempests mean values here aren't going anywhere fast, writes David Potts.

Motley Fool: What's a defensive investor to do?

Keep your ear to the ground for financial advice.

Scott Phillips China hasn't had a hard landing, property keeps rising, and cash returns are low ... it's been an expensive time to be a defensive investor.

The best way to become a financial winner

Catherine Robson The most likely way to become a financial winner is to make good quality growth investments and then get out of the way and let time do the work.

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Motley Fool: The elephant in the bank inquiry room

Inappropriate incentives are at the heart of the banks' cultural problems. Illustration: Kerrie Leishman

Scott Phillips Bank staff's remuneration is not aligned with their customers' success – only the banks'.

Mark Bouris: why home ownership is one of the best investments you can make

Home ownership is a good foundation for building wealth.

Mark Bouris You may have to take on a large debt to buy it, but the family home also becomes your biggest asset.

Motley Fool: What the banking inquiry means for shareholders

Scott Phillips The big bank CEOs seem contrite at the parliamentary inquiry, but the banks are probably safe from real consequences.

Motley Fool: was buying Blue Poles for $1.3m in 1973 a good investment?

Jackson Pollock's 'Blue Poles' is on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition.

Scott Phillips The government was mocked for spending $1.3 million on Blue Poles in 1973. It's now worth $350 million. Was it a good investment?

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Nicole helps... a woman who left an abusive ex and wants to rebuild her finances

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Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon has a new column helping fight financial injustice.