Property

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Being contrary can make your garden grow

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

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.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Learn from the wealthy and invest like a pro

Mark Bouris If you're going to make the most of your investments you have to think like a professional investor.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Ignore the problems – look for the opportunities instead

While some investors may feel all at sea, there's no need to panic.

John Addis Don't let the fear get to you - there are a some big long-term trends running in our favour.

End of seven-year rule brings a new ball game for retirees

Brokers on the floor of the UBS trading room in Sydney.

Craig Racine The seven-year rule used to be a persuasive sales pitch for financial planners. Now it is gone.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Kovar story travels from the pyramids to a Melbourne attic

Lot 44?AN EGYPTIAN MOSAIC GLASS ?NEW
COMEDY? THEATRICAL MASK INLAY, Ptolemaic to Roman Period, Circa 1st Century
B.C.-1st Century A.D., the rectangular opaque section of a deep blue matrix,
the anterior and rear featuring a female face framed with three yellow flowers
and fringed with a coiffure of red curls tied in a topknot and extending to two
plaits; 3.8x2cm. Est.?$7,500 ? $9,500

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James Cockington Czech diplomat's art collection, found in a Melbourne attic, goes under the hammer.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Here's how to cast off the chains of debt

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Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley What can the younger generation do to avoid getting trapped by our debt culture?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Law firm set to strike it rich

Rosemary Laing, Grounded (Red Piazza). Yours for between $8000 and $12,000.

James Cockington Minter Ellison's new, open-plan office has left it with no place for its art collection. It's hoping to make as much as $500,000 from selling it off.

COLLECTING

Breaking the mould

Ken Neale sits on a Vacario chair. He sells them for between $1500 and $1600.

Stephen Crafti Designer plastic furniture is getting harder to find - and prices are rising.

MOTLEY FOOL

Shares: What are you really buying?

Scott Phillips Don't let the so-called ''experts'' tell you it's too hard.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Even fake Kangaroos come at a premium

This strip of three pale blue/green one-shilling stamps, with JBC monogram attached, is one of only two known to have survived.

James Cockington Kangaroo and Map stamps are so popular among collectors that counterfeits have attained a certain cachet.

INVESTING

A war chest for when the price is right

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David Potts

David Potts Warren Buffett has invested in insurer IAG and likes our banks, too. Should you follow his lead?

MOTLEY FOOL

Can I still bank on my bank shares?

 

Scott Phillips As they say, the trend is your friend … until it comes to an end.

INSIGHT

Time for a mature debate on house prices

Both the Reserve Bank and Treasury believe we are at risk from a housing bubble.

Gareth Hutchens Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week missed a genuine chance to talk maturely about a serious topic.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Rookies beware: top four sharemarket mistakes

Just because I can cut wood and hammer nails doesn't mean I should build a house.

Marcus Padley Having a smartphone doesn't make you an expert in the sharemarket. Here's four mistakes any rookie can make.

SHAREMARKET

Why women make the best investors

Stock market day trader Mandi Rafsendjani.

David Potts The proof is in - women who trade or invest in the sharemarket do it better than men.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Grosvenor School prints in a class of their own

Ethel Spowers 'The Giant Stride' is expected to fetch between $20,000  and $30,000.

James Cockington The London art world is slavering for inter-war prints. Australian collectors can pick up some fine examples this month.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

How to kick the lights out in the new financial year

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Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley How does last year's performance colour your investment choices for the next 12 months?

BOND MARKET

End game as the global bond bubble bursts

It's a scarey time on global money markets.

David Potts Even scarier than a Sydney home auction in full flight are the global money markets when they get going.

ON TRACK?

Pick a tracker that doesn't lose the scent

One of the first myths of index investing is that an index fund allows you to

Richard Livingston ETFs (and other index funds) are low-cost, but they're not zero-cost, and fund returns will always lag the market.