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Bad Santa and Banqer – teaching school kids about money

Catherine Robson There is little doubt that fostering financial literacy in young people leads to more confident decision making in adulthood which in turn leads to lower stress and better outcomes.

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Motley Fool: Monopolies beware, tech is out to get you

Walmart might be many times the size of the next largest retailer in the US, but it still has well under half of the market share enjoyed by Woolies here in Australia.

Scott Phillips Complacent investors may feel the pain.

Home buyers forking out fees to unqualified building inspectors

Houng Lau bought the fourth property on which she had a building report.

Linda Vergnani House hunters seeking to avoid nasty surprises should know that not all building inspections are equal.

Marginal gains: What Team Sky's success can teach us about achieving money goals

Catherine Robson How would you feel if you had set yourself a huge goal and not only achieved it, but smashed it, doing twice as well as you had planned?

Why bonds are not really 'safer' than shares

Gold prices recently fell and bond yields rose, meaning bondholders took a hammering.

Noel Whittaker While bonds generally guarantee return of capital, you can still take a capital loss if inflation rises.

Buying into a retirement village? Beware these traps

Bina Brown Don't let the sales hype and glossy marketing blind you to the financial reality of buying into a retirement village.

How to deal with financial volatility and emotional turmoil after Trump upset

A man holds an American flag upside down as he stands with others in San Diego, to protest Donald Trump's presidential election victory.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Australian investors and super fund members should prepare for volatility.

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What the new world order means for your hip pocket

 Trump: 'These claims are are all fabricated' (Thumbnail)

John Collett The victory of the billionaire maverick Donald Trump to become 45th President of the United States may well lead to a period of political uncertainty.

Retirement special: time to sell 'safe income' stocks

Many investors turn to stocks such as Telstra for the income.

Marcus Padley Interest rates are rising globally and it's time for retirees to think about their investment strategy.

SHARES RACE

Tipsters finish the week ahead on positives of Trump victory

Investors see positives, such as President-elect Donald Trump's plan to spend big on US infrastructure.

John Collett The Australian sharemarket seesawed this week in response to the US presidential election, before leaving our tipsters generally better off as investors viewed a Trump presidency favourably.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

How to find treasures in op shops and garage sales

James Cockington with a vintage magazine he has collected.

James Cockington Can you still find anything in op shops that is worth more than what you paid for them?

Governments are powerless to make housing more affordable for first-home buyers

Policies to help first-home buyers can backfire.

Noel Whittaker The catalyst for the global financial crisis was US President Bill Clinton's idea that housing should be available to everybody.

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Betting on the Melbourne Cup versus investing in shares

Lucky for some: Trainer Bart Cummings and foreman Reg Fleming after Viewed won the 2008 Melbourne Cup.

Andrew Legget Australians love a punt but there are better ways to make money.

How the average person's wealth doubles from about age 30 to 40

The average person's wealth doubles from when they're in the 25-34 age bracket to a decade later.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon The greatest wealth divide is between those just starting out, and their 35-plus, established selves. Beyond that, the growth in your bottom line is slow and steady.

Getting the measure of Trump is a short-term game for investors

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris Don't rush a decision or change a plan just because there's a new US president.

Motley Fool: The elephant in the bank inquiry room

Inappropriate incentives are at the heart of the banks' cultural problems. Illustration: Kerrie Leishman

Scott Phillips Bank staff's remuneration is not aligned with their customers' success – only the banks'.

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.

Mark Bouris: why home ownership is one of the best investments you can make

Home ownership is a good foundation for building wealth.

Mark Bouris You may have to take on a large debt to buy it, but the family home also becomes your biggest asset.

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...