Barbara Drury Behavioural finance teaches us that people tend to prefer a small, certain reward today over a larger, uncertain one in the future. That pretty much sums up current sharemarket behaviour.
Quirky Investments Any outbreaks of spontaneous joy you may have witnessed this month could have been coming from stamp collectors, known as philatelists, celebrating the centenary of Australia's Kangaroo and Map...
Hot Stock What's new One of the largest independent financial service companies in Australia, IOOF, has bulked up in recent years and we view it as offering both sides of the merger-and-acquisition (M&A) story.
Quirky Investments It was 18 months ago that the boom in sales of oriental antiques on the secondary market was covered in this column.
John Kavanagh A former must-have investment for seekers of increased yield has become a pariah since the global financial crisis.
John Collett In a difficult economic environment, the banks have held up well.
John Kavanagh Trustees of self-managed superannuation funds must review their investment strategies regularly, following a recent change to super regulations.
John Collett We've heard all about sustainable stockmarket rebounds but this time the signs are more promising.
Greg Fraser Crown has been refining its strategy of building integrated resorts for many years and its stock is finding some momentum.
Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Research shows Australians are feeling distinctly positive about their finances.
The properties may be in need of some loving care and some way from the centre of town, but there are houses and units in Sydney and Melbourne where it is cheaper to buy than to rent.
Home buyers who chase a better deal on their home loans can save tens of thousands of dollars in repayments.
Annette Sampson Successful investment rests on learning from your mistakes, not avoiding mistakes altogether.
Greg Fraser Someone ought to tell David Jones and Myer that the internet became a commercially viable tool in the 1980s.
Clancy Yeates It can be hard to avoid the big banks if you're a sharemarket investor.
Quirky Investments 'Forget the word 'street','' says collector Andrew King. ''It's simply contemporary art. If Sidney Nolan was in his prime today, I bet he'd be painting on the streets.''
With the mining boom coming off the boil and the profit growth of the banks peaking, what is left for investors on the Australian sharemarket? Where is the next lot of corporate earnings growth going...
Quirky Investments There must be something in the air. Last night, Sotheby's Australia auctioned one of Sidney Nolan's celebrated Ned Kelly paintings, hoping to fetch more than $1 million (a full report on this sale...
Today, Apple releases its iPhone 5, which is bound to cause ripples of excitement around the globe and reinforce Apple's stature as the world's biggest company based on sharemarket value.
John Kavanagh Investors in high-yielding hybrid securities need to take extra care to understand the risks, the securities watchdog has warned.