Smart ways to climb the property ladder

Penny Pryor Project engineer Emma Challands would like to be in a position to retire before 40.

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.

IPO warning: more than half of floated companies are underwater a decade later

Pot stocks have enjoyed fevered interest since the government's moves to legalise the nascent sector.

Scott Phillips Companies are floated to make money … but not for you.

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Profit from these five investment trends over the next decade

Investor John Baillie attended an investor day where he could ask questions before deciding on a fund.

John Collett Thematic investing is not without risks, but there can be big rewards.

Motley Fool: Are you ready for dividend season?

Former prime minister and treasurer Paul Keating was the architect of superannuation and the dividend imputation system.

Scott Phillips Is there any sweeter (virtual) sound than the digital tinkling of dividends as they fall into your bank account?

How to turn $10,000 into a million dollars

Marcus Padley It sounds like a stupid question but it's actually a really good one.

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Bumper financial year returns could be as good as it gets

Investors have enjoyed a bumper financial year

John Collett Improving global growth and profits as well as low interest rates have underpinned very strong returns for sharemarkets.

Investors falling foul of rules on tax-deductible interest

If you're claiming interest on an investment loan for a tax deduction, you need to keep it 100 per cent separate from your living expenses.

Noel Whittaker It is still common for people to find themselves in financial strife because they do not understand the tax implications of their actions.

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Sharemarket investing for the smashed avocado generation

Frustrated millennials can get a taste of the sharemarket.

Jessica Irvine So, you've given up the dream of home ownership – for the moment, at least.

How a Millennial investor is using index funds and robo-advice

Carol Saffer When Damian was born, his grandmother bought him a couple of hundred dollars of Telstra shares. Now at 22, he has $25,000 invested in index funds.

Motley Fool: Five interesting beaten-down stocks

Scott Phillips Often, company share prices fall for very good reasons but sometimes it's caused by a market over-reaction.

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.


Motley Fool: Five investing concepts you might be getting wrong


Scott Phillips "You keep using that word", Inigo Montoya said in the movie The Princess Bride, "I do not think it means what you think it means."


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.

Taking the blame is part of the deal in financial advice

Marcus Padley Blame comes with the territory in all financial advice. It's why any agent gets paid commission.