Property

THE HONEST BROKER

How to make money from having an opinion and not following the crowd

Marcus Padley The neighbours turned on their Christmas lights last weekend, where did the year go?

TIP OF THE WEEK

Tip of the Week: How to create wealth outside your job

Michael Hutton Your level of income is important in generating wealth but equally, if not more, important is what you do with your income to create wealth. 

BASIC TRAINING

Giving back: how to make charity a regular part of life

The Red Shield Appeal is a major fundraising drive for the Salvation Army.

Larissa Ham For many people giving is part of Christmas, but the world's problems don't disappear when the tinsel is store away. How can you do your bit year-round without breaking the bank?

HOT STOCK

How Nufarm is getting more out of the land

El Nino could affect the returns from agricultural stocks.

Greg Smith Fat Prophets: With the world's land in fixed supply, and agricultural yields in focus, Nufarm's value proposition is high.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage postcards a 'grossly undervalued market' for collectors

One of the first mass-produced Christmas cards, 1871.

James Cockington Mossgreen's postcard auction, to be held in Melbourne on December 14, is claimed as the first of its kind held by any major auction house in Australia.

MONEY BRAIN

How a financial planner changed Book Club host Jennifer Byrne's life

Jennifer Byrne on ABC's The Book Club.

Catherine Robson What drives wealth creation?

YOUR QUESTIONS

George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

Retirement plans should take account of longer lifespans.

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.

OUTLOOK

Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

Electronics retailer Harvey Norman says sales were up 7.1 per cent in the September quarter.

David Potts If he dropped by one of this week's annual meetings, the Reserve Bank's Glenn Stevens would hear a different story to the official narrative.

SOLAR BOOM

How investors can plug into the solar boom

Solar energy specialist Jake Steele, Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon and Tom Nockolds from Pingala have the answer to

David Potts You can ride the solar boom even if you rent, live in an apartment or in the shade.

Households gear up for next phase of the solar revolution

Fiona Workman had solar panels installed on her roof two years ago.

David Potts Solar panels are landing on rooftops just as the Hills Hoist invaded backyards. If you're not solar-powered, you're not with it.

HOT STOCK

Hot stocks: KFC owner Collins Foods is taking flight again

Greg Smith Collins Foods' KFC business now represents around 85 per cent of total income, and has performed strongly in the past financial year, despite rising labour rates.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by the baby formula shortage.

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The 98 per cent of opportunities you're missing

Global brands such as Nike should be on the radar for Australian investors.

Scott Phillips Why do people willingly restrict themselves to 2 per cent of the market when it comes to shares?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chairs that are too valuable to sit on

The Le Corbusier cowhide and chrome chaise longue.

James Cockington  When is a chair not a chair? When it's a design icon.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The five biggest investment mistakes

Investors should emulate Aesop's tortoise not the hare.

Scott Phillips At its best, investing is slow, somewhat boring - and potentially very profitable.

BAD TIMING

'Time in the market' is a slogan, not a strategy

Time is not always on your side.

Richard Livingston The price you pay for a stock is the key to making money from the share market.

HOT STOCK

End of China's explosive growth not end of Incitec Pivot story

Signs are good for a potential share price appreciation.

Andrew Blackmore Prospects for fertiliser and explosives maker hinge on two engines – the US economy and the industrialisation of Asia.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Bitcoin Group on the block

Bitcoin miners are likely to remain capital-intensive, low-margin businesses.

Andrew Legget One way to invest in Bitcoin is to get in on the ground floor with the IPO of 'Australia's biggest Bitcoin miner'. But it might be a bit risky.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Swinging bling in vogue again

A selection of items made by Charles de Temple to be sold by Shapiro Auctioneers in Sydney on October 20.

James Cockington Jewellery is hot right now as those with some spare cash invest in precious jewels rather than under-performing stocks and shares.

BOUNCING BACK

Make your money mistakes work for you

Even seemingly sweet deals can go wrong.

Barbara Drury Successful investors regard their missteps as valuable learning experiences. You can learn from them too.