Property

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.

Mark Bouris

Confidence revival boosts property

Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris Economies come down to households having confidence to commit to property purchases.

SUPER

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.

Five ways to know you're a good investor

Graham Witcomb We all get lucky investing from time to time. Here's how to know whether your results are from skill or luck.

My shares are being consolidated, is that fair?

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

Seven investment ideas for high returns in a low-growth world

Higher returns can be found, if you're prepared to take on additional risk. Illustration: Karl Hilzinger

John Collett Seven investment ideas that will lift you out of the low-growth world.

Three ways to make your tax refund last longer

Melissa Browne The average tax return is just more than $3000 but it's often frittered away.

Investing in your own name can be more tax-effective than super

The main point of superannuation as an investment vehicle is it's tax effective.

Noel Whittaker The pending changes to superannuation could force people to think outside the box and end up much better off by doing so.

Collectors pluck 19th century harps from obscurity

A French early 19th century mahogany harp, signed Pleyel & Co., Paris. It sold for $8000 IBP.

James Cockington Melbourne auctioneer Christian McCann is not a noted harp player but has become the go-to-man if you want to buy or sell one.

Motley Fool: Time to sell your bank shares

Scott Phillips Investors should take more than just a passing interest in our banks this reporting season.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Who's the real Woolworths villain?

James Greenhalgh Do you feel sorry for Woolworths' former chief executive Grant O'Brien? You probably don't.

ASSET CHECK

A disappointing end to the financial year

Daryl Dixon What a difference just a week has made to the 2015-16 financial year superannuation fund returns.