Property

Investing lesson from 'The Block'

Richard Livingston It's not that the contestants should have made more on the sale of their apartments but that they needed to pay the production company less.

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.

Share collapse or just a correction? Jury is still out

It looks as if markets could be building a floor, though the volatility is expected to continue

John Collett Global economic fears and the Ebola scare have and sent Australia's shares tumbling. But some experts can see an upside.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Secrets of the millionaire next door

Door knocker

Scott Phillips Look past the European cars to those who are really rich.

Perpetual listed investment company float opens soon

Training session: Maxi-yacht Perpetual Loyal.

John Collett & David Potts Perpetual is seeking at least $150 million to float an investment company. John Collett & David Potts report

BUYING TO LET

Patchy outlook for investors

Building wealth.

John Collett Record-low interest rates have been driving property prices higher. But borrowing won’t always be cheap and, if you’re thinking of buying to let, you will need to tread carefully.

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?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

A Ned's as good as a wink

Final gesture: This painting, entitled Shot, is one of the last of Nolan's works, and is expected to sell for $60,000 to $80,000, or more.

James Cockington You can pay more than $5 million for a Sidney Nolan but many of his later works, some of them spray-painted, can be had for a lot less.

UNDER THE RADAR

Perpetual splashing the cash on small caps

Risk assessment: Companies with low market capitalisation carry greater risk than those with high market capitalisation, and have potentially greater returns.

Richard Hemming Perpetual's Small Cap chief, Jack Collopy, has spent about $100 million on stocks in the past six weeks.

I KNOW ICON

Money in modern classics

Peter Muller's The Audette House

Stephen Crafti Iconic homes are becoming more and more desirable - especially among expat buyers dreaming of home.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Time to get stuck in to bonds

Mark Bouris Fixed interest funds – which mostly invest in government and corporate bonds – can be a conservative way to pursue above-cash returns with a modest increase in risk.

THE ECONOMY

Dollar and market locked together

The fortunes of the dollar and that of the  sharemarket are locked together.

David Potts Whether it's the chicken or the egg coming first, the fact is the dollar and the sharemarket are moving in lockstep.

UNDER THE RADAR

Volatility provides opportunities to find value

Richard Hemming Does recent volatility provide a buying opportunity for stocks that have been sold off?

Don't get taken in by the finance industry's sleight of hand

Smoke and mirrors: When something appears too good to be true, it usually is.

Richard Livingston A good rule of thumb is 'if you don't understand a financial product then don't buy it'.

GETTING STARTED

Don't rush in to Medibank float

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David Potts Hold your horses if you're thinking about the Medibank Private float.

SHARE SLIDE

The carnival is over, but it's not all gloom

The Australian dollar has fallen to a six-month low.

Daryl Dixon Just what will happen with our share market from here is far from certain.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Plan for the four ages of personal finance

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris The ways you structure your spending, saving and investing change as you get older.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Value's hiding, time to go seek

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Nathan Bell In the sharemarket, a true bargain can be many things; unknown, unloved, ignored, misunderstood, odd, decrepit, pitied and reviled. One thing it's probably not is popular.

CHILDREN OF DUNE

Making the beach house pay

All fun: Andrew Maynard's beach house in Anglesea.

Stephen Crafti Today’s beach homes are a far cry from their predecessors but are they a good investment?

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.