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.

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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.

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.

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.

Dear CEOs, this reporting season, please give it to us straight

Investors should look beyond the spin during reporting season.

Scott Phillips Spinning the company results may result in a short-term gain for investors, but substance is what matters in the longer term.

Are doctors financially healthy?

Catherine Robson

Catherine Robson Many assume doctors are rich. But in many ways they face more headwinds than most.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Bejewelled animal brooches are back in vogue

Lot 117: 18ct gold, emerald, ruby and onyx 'Chat Malicieux' brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1955. Estimate $12,000-18,000. Image: supplied

James Cockington Van Cleef & Arpels' menagerie series was aimed at a younger market when it was released - and now it's come of age.

Proposed listing rule changes may lock small investors out of sharemarket floats

John Collett If changes to the listing rules proposed by the Australian Securities Exchange go through, small private investors may be locked out of sharemarket floats.

How to save the planet and enjoy better investment returns

Roxane Ingleton is active politically and in how she invests.

John Collett Investors who invest ethically are helping their hip-pocket as well as the planet. And it's catching on. What used to be on the fringes of investing is moving mainstream.

Motley Fool: Investing for income in a low-rate world

Scott Phillips Lower rates are wonderful for borrowers, of course, but they're a huge headache for those living from their investments, or those who are pursuing a strategy of reinvesting that income to increase...