Property

SMART INVESTING

The best ways to lose money

Richard Livingston Often regarded as the world's most successful investor, Warren Buffett says the first rule of making money is never to lose money.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Lose weight, stop smoking, invest in yourself

Kick it in the butt: Stop smoking and start saving.

Scott Phillips It's time to forget your bad old habits and start living your financial life more healthily. Here's how.

GLASS DARKLY

Shady business

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Stephen Crafti Vintage sunglasses are the thing to be seen in this summer. And they can be worth a pretty penny.

CHINA BOOM

'Mania' drives China's stock market to three-year high

Many families are taking out brokerage loans to buy stocks, raising leverage and risk.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Retail investors are driving Chinese stocks to fresh highs, and market watchers are alarmed.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

It was a pretty good year in the auction houses

James Cockington There’s a sense of cautious optimism in the auction houses as the market steadily recovers from the GFC.

UNDER THE RADAR

Asia has big appetite for soft commodities

License to grow: The China-Australia free trade agreement  underlines that food will be one of the boom industries for Australia.

Richard Hemming Asian demand has been growing for soft commodities, which include protein, namely fish, nuts, beef and dairy.

Sunday Money Data Service

 

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week

Frankingly my dear, I can't credit it

David Potts The drums are beating louder against one of the best tax breaks ever invented.

ASK NOEL

How can I get my home dream to fly?

Dreams of a home

Noel Whittaker I'm 23 and want to own my own home. What's my best long-term strategy?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Source and story key to sale success

Lot 7. A pair of Chinese gilt-bronze Buddhist guardians. Ming Dynasty. Estimates. $40,000 to $60,000.

James Cockington When fakes and 'copies' abound, being able to establish that you have the genuine article is very important.

ASSET CHECK

Investors beware of snake oil salesmen

Home owners should be wary of buying a concoction of investment risk being sold as a surefire cure for tax ailments.

Daryl Dixon No matter how good a scheme may appear, it pays to remember key investment fundamentals.

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Klassic Kombi: Micro bus, macro price

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James Cockington A new Australian record is likely to be set next week, with a restored 1966 version nicknamed Buster expected to clear $70,000.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's the best way to take advantage of Telstra buyback?

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George Cochrane Should I participate in the share buyback scheme being offered by Telstra?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Invest time wisely to help your children reap the rewards

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Marcus Padley It's a subtle art talking to kids, whether about finance or life in general; it's not about telling them what to do, it's about telling them stories.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Time to sell down the banks

Exposed: The banks might be too big to fail but in the event of a crash only the depositors are protected, not the shareholders.

Nathan Bell Bank stocks are masquerading as the market's miracle-makers but are far riskier than most investors appreciate.

INSIGHT

Big banks no longer the leaders

Dimmed: the big four banks are facing fresh headwinds.

Clancy Yeates Over the past four months or so, the banks have lagged the broader market. What's going on?

INVESTING

Dividend fountain set to keep on spouting

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David Potts Payouts aren't up a great deal - bar a few spectacular exceptions - but more companies are paying them.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Blue chips post records

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James Cockington Experts have noticed that results of fine art auctions seem to echo those of the real estate market.