Rookies beware: top four sharemarket mistakes

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


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.


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.


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.


How bank stocks have spoilt us rotten

David Potts

David Potts Far be it for me to rub it in, but if you bought any bank shares two months ago you'll have lost more than they'll pay in dividends this year.


Sculthorpe sale sure to lure its share of stickybeaks

This Chinese gilt bronze figure from the late Ming Dynasty is possibly Mahasthamaprapta, a disciple of Gautama Buddha. Estimate: $8000 to $10,000.

James Cockington Held in the home where Peter Sculthorpe composed most of his music, the auction of his estate is expected to attract a diverse crowd.


How to turn $10,000 into $280,000 (and more)

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

It requires less work than you think.


From backyard to global - where to find the wealth winners

Property versus shares.

David Potts An authoritative report says previously sound investments are moving in the wrong direction.

Changes lead to investment blues

Mark Bouris.

Mark Bouris You'll often hear me ''preaching'' to Australians to get informed about their finances and to learn what the market offers. That's because being informed helps you make good decisions.


Professional investors lift their exposure to global shares

John Collett.

John Collett Professional investors are lifting their investment in overseas shares and reducing their exposure to Australian shares.


A light at the end of the tunnel for savers

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

David Potts The bank deposit tax went AWOL in the budget and that isn't the only good news for savers. Term deposit rates might be a lost cause but even then there's some hope.

Shareholders in post-budget retail therapy

Time for a shopping spree?

David Potts  Apologies to whoever said perception is 90 per cent of reality but it describes the budget better than I could.


Master coin sale worth cashing in on

The Royal Australian Mint makes 250 million coins each year. Next week, 1146 coins from its Master Collection go on sale.

James Cockington The mint makes 250 million coins a year. A select band of the very best are up for auction.

Get in on the ground floor

If you start investing in small cap stocks, you could be in for an interesting ride.

David Potts Don’t dismiss small stocks for your investment portfolio. They can often outperform the big corporates.


Finding the advantage in outpacing competition

A brand does not necessarily confer a competitive advantage but  economies of scale often do.

Gaurav Sodhi How can investors best pick companies which have the deepest 'economic moat'?


Brack on the block

The Jockey and His Wife, sold at Bonhams' 2013 Grundy auction in Sydney for $1,159,000 (est $600,000 - $800,000).

James Cockington A painting from John Brack's golden period is going under the hammer this month. Big things are expected.


Overcoming your irrational inner self

David Potts When you buy a Lotto ticket do you choose your own numbers?


Building wealth for share-loving investors

Scott Phillips Here’s a way to have your cake and eat it, too.


Developers paying brokers for investors’ names

John Collett dinkus Dinkus

John Collett Some off-the-plan property developers are making payments to mortgage brokers in return for sales leads.


Don't ignore the signs when it comes to yield

Clancy Yeates dinkus Dinkus

Clancy Yeates The house price boom in Australia's two biggest cities is crunching the most immediate source of return for property investors: rental yields.