Property

Rental gains raise property hopes

Real estate

Chris Zappone SLUMPING home prices and persistently poor housing affordability helped lift quarterly rent yields for the first time in nine months, raising hopes for an improved real estate market this year.

Property investing: cash towers over trusts

Yarra River and Melbourne skyline

Carolyn Cummins The virtues of investing directly into property by asset acquisitions or indirectly through real estate investment trusts have been brought to the fore.

Property becalmed as financial storms rage

The fallout from overseas tempests mean values here aren't going anywhere fast, writes David Potts.

How to figure out compound growth in your head using the Rule of 72

The Rule of 72 makes complex calculations easier to do in your head – without an abacus or calculator.

Noel Whittaker You don't have to be a mathematician to use the Rule of 72. It's simple, but once you understand how to use it, you'll wonder how you got by without it.

Noel Whittaker gives his verdict on micro-investment app Acorns

The Acorns app rounds up each purchase you make and stores it in an investment portfolio for you.

Noel Whittaker For years I have been going on about the power of investing small sums of money.

Women make better investors than men

Sallie Krawcheck, formerly chief executive of Citigroup and Bank of America, says for a time she bought into the myth that men were better at finance.

Georgina Dent Women are more risk averse and this translates positively in returns.

It's not too late to boost your tax deductions

Melissa Browne This year was going to be different.

COMMENT

Lower returns ahead for investors

Daryl Dixon So far, financial year superannuation fund returns have been good with the prospect of double digit returns if world share markets don't tank in June.

What the Moneyball story teaches us about investment

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Does share market investment require a technology-driven approach, or is it not that simple?

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Most investors are too focused on tax rather than fundamentals

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker There is anecdotal evidence that regulatory measures and budget proposals are having an effect on the housing market, which is a sad reflection on the mentality of the average property investor.

Keep the shorting 'hyenas' in your peripheral vision

Hyenas rarely do the initial damage but once they swoop in, they can quickly become the problem.

Marcus Padley All investors and traders should keep shorting activity in their peripheral vision because it highlights stocks that have an issue.

Budget 2017: If you want to avoid an unwelcome tax slug it's time to get moving

It's time for action.

Melissa Browne What you might want to consider doing before the end of the financial year to minimise losses and maximise opportunities.

It's bonds to the rescue as the needle points up for interest rates

Danica Hampton Younger investors may never have made decisions in the environment we are heading into.

The best-performing asset class of the past five years

A-REITs have done very well, including ALE Property Group, which owns pubs.

John Collett The best-performing asset class of the past five years are the listed trusts that own commercial property.

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Defence housing offers a defensive yield in low-interest times

Ben Hurley The low-interest rate environment is driving rising numbers of private investors to put some of their money into housing for Australian Defence Force members.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Why Woolies and Coles should fear Costco, not Amazon

Scott Phillips The big box retailer has big ambitions… and runs on the board.

Margin loans are bad for your financial health

Leverage magnifies both losses and gains.

Scott Phillips Borrowing to invest. The idea is almost as old as investing itself.

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Investing in defence housing: do the numbers stack up?

Ben Hurley Investment homes leased back to Defence Housing Australia for housing military personnel become a key part of many Australians' investment portfolios, and at first glance there is little not to like.

How to protect yourself from housing bubble downside

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Melissa Browne.

Melissa Browne When looking at investing in property, you need to build in a buffer to help you withstand any dramatic changes.

Motley Fool: What China collapse?

A few months ago the smartest people in finance were waxing lyrical on whether the Chinese landing would be

Scott Phillips What's the greatest threat to the world economy and our economic prosperity?