Property

WELL-HEELED

Don't let debt fears paint you into a corner

Melissa Browne Not all debt is bad for you - so paying all your debts down at once might not be such a great idea.

PROPERTY PLANS

How to make a flipping profit

Buying an old house, renovating it and selling it at a profit is not as easy as TV reno shows may suggest.

John Collett If you want to buy, sell and move on – fast – it helps to pick a property in the right suburb

TIP OF THE WEEK

Trackers can get your finances in shape

Behaviours encouraged by your Fitbit can also be applied to your financial life.

Catherine Robson Whether its your health or your money, developing positive habits is the cornerstone of success.

STARTING YOUNG

The rise of the Gen Y share investor

You're never too young to learn about investments and share trading.

Barbara Drury It should come as no surprise that the way these digital natives interact with technology is changing the way they invest.

HOUSE PROUD

Are four walls still safe as houses?

Dean and Sally Lewis, with their children Bronte and Dan, have been buying and renovating houses for 25 years.

David Potts Unlike the share market, property is unlikely to plummet but will prices keep on climbing?

Big bank shares have hidden perils

Investors in banking shares must consider a financial institution's future profitability.

Daryl Dixon Share investors have sound reasons for being concerned about participating in the current spate of new share issues.

HOT BULLION

The goldrums could be a good time to buy big

Gold enthusiasts say now is a good time to buy gold, like every other time. Economists have a different view.

Alexandra Cain As the price of the yellow metal slides to its lowest level for some time, many investors are sensing a golden opportunity.

UNDER THE RADAR

Four areas to focus on this reporting season

The reaction to the Commonwealth Bank results shows you can meet expectations, but that's not enough.

Richard Hemming Growth is the key to making money on the stock market and the balance sheet is one place where you can see it.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

At last - the horrible truth about the stock market

Marcus Padley This is how how the share market really works. To the insiders, it's like a car yard.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chinese take a fancy to all things French

James Cockington It's not just property that's seeing the effects of growing Chinese wealth. One Melbourne antique dealer is also feeling the warmth.

HOT STOCK

Is NAB set to shine?

Seen by some as the poor relation of the major banks, NAB is poised for big things.

BANKING ON IT

Buyers beware in banks' stock clearance sales

The Big Four banks are having a clearance sale.

David Potts It might look tempting, but don't rush in to buy.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Super, pally, is fantastic; fees they are atrocious

Superannuation contributions are kept out of easy reach so we don't give in to the urge to splurge.

Scott Phillips Paying attention to the details is important…

FIRST STEPS

Five ways to make investments pay off

Start small and be conservative in your first foray into portfolio investing.

Richard Livingston  Whether you're using a financial adviser or doing it yourself, these five lessons will help you make money and reduce the risk of losing it.

HOT STOCK

QBE improves its core strength

James Lennon The possibility of higher dividends makes the big insurer quite attractive.

QUIRKY INVESMENTS

Just the ticket for MCC collectors

This membership pass in the form of a ticket, from the 1879/80 season, was the best performer in the Perth auction. It sold for $1700.

James Cockington MCC members badges have a special place in the hearts of sporting memorabilia fans.

GETTING AHEAD

Gold on the ropes is a positive sign

In the long term gold has proven to be a dubious investment, but it still offers a better return than Bitcoin.

David Potts Gold's falling price points to the US Federal Reserve getting closer to raising rates.

What if you assume wrong?

To assume makes an ass of you and me.

Lewis J. Walker We invest our money and make a lot of other life choices based on assumptions. But how do we know they are right?

GETTING AHEAD

Sustained jobs growth a good sign for investors

The Chinese stockmarket is permanently volatile.

David Potts The sharemarket was in a state well before Greece and China upset the apple cart, even though the economy is growing enough to lift profits.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Being contrary can make your garden grow

Following the crowd has its risks.

Scott Phillips Being selectively independent and taking a different view when it's prudent to do so is a great strategy to make money.