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Why bonds are not really 'safer' than shares

Noel Whittaker While bonds generally guarantee return of capital, you can still take a capital loss if inflation rises.

How to deal with financial volatility and emotional turmoil after Trump upset

A man holds an American flag upside down as he stands with others in San Diego, to protest Donald Trump's presidential election victory.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Australian investors and super fund members should prepare for volatility.

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What the new world order means for your hip pocket

 Trump: 'These claims are are all fabricated' (Thumbnail)

John Collett The victory of the billionaire maverick Donald Trump to become 45th President of the United States may well lead to a period of political uncertainty.

SHARES RACE

Tipsters finish the week ahead on positives of Trump victory

Investors see positives, such as President-elect Donald Trump's plan to spend big on US infrastructure.

John Collett The Australian sharemarket seesawed this week in response to the US presidential election, before leaving our tipsters generally better off as investors viewed a Trump presidency favourably.

Governments are powerless to make housing more affordable for first-home buyers

Policies to help first-home buyers can backfire.

Noel Whittaker The catalyst for the global financial crisis was US President Bill Clinton's idea that housing should be available to everybody.

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Betting on the Melbourne Cup versus investing in shares

Lucky for some: Trainer Bart Cummings and foreman Reg Fleming after Viewed won the 2008 Melbourne Cup.

Andrew Legget Australians love a punt but there are better ways to make money.

How the average person's wealth doubles from about age 30 to 40

The average person's wealth doubles from when they're in the 25-34 age bracket to a decade later.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon The greatest wealth divide is between those just starting out, and their 35-plus, established selves. Beyond that, the growth in your bottom line is slow and steady.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

How to find treasures in op shops and garage sales

James Cockington with a vintage magazine he has collected.

James Cockington Can you still find anything in op shops that is worth more than what you paid for them?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The resurgence of 'junk' as home decoration

Warehouse 8 Interiors auction: 19th-century life-size statue of Jesus which sold for $12,200 IBP.

James Cockington Oddities are now much in demand for the individual touch they bring to contemporary spaces.

BHP and Rio are understating profits

BHP Billiton's giant Escondida mine in Chile.

Gaurav Sodhi Analysts don't get it. Now that the mining boom is over, the two big miners are much more profitable than they look.

Five ways to know you're a good investor

Graham Witcomb We all get lucky investing from time to time. Here's how to know whether your results are from skill or luck.

My shares are being consolidated, is that fair?

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

Motley Fool: What's a defensive investor to do?

Keep your ear to the ground for financial advice.

Scott Phillips China hasn't had a hard landing, property keeps rising, and cash returns are low ... it's been an expensive time to be a defensive investor.

The best way to become a financial winner

Catherine Robson The most likely way to become a financial winner is to make good quality growth investments and then get out of the way and let time do the work.

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Motley Fool: The elephant in the bank inquiry room

Inappropriate incentives are at the heart of the banks' cultural problems. Illustration: Kerrie Leishman

Scott Phillips Bank staff's remuneration is not aligned with their customers' success – only the banks'.

Mark Bouris: why home ownership is one of the best investments you can make

Home ownership is a good foundation for building wealth.

Mark Bouris You may have to take on a large debt to buy it, but the family home also becomes your biggest asset.

Motley Fool: What the banking inquiry means for shareholders

Scott Phillips The big bank CEOs seem contrite at the parliamentary inquiry, but the banks are probably safe from real consequences.

Motley Fool: was buying Blue Poles for $1.3m in 1973 a good investment?

Jackson Pollock's 'Blue Poles' is on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition.

Scott Phillips The government was mocked for spending $1.3 million on Blue Poles in 1973. It's now worth $350 million. Was it a good investment?

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Nicole helps... a woman who left an abusive ex and wants to rebuild her finances

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Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon has a new column helping fight financial injustice.

Why I changed my superannuation strategy for the US election

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's time to tune into the US election. You may not get a vote, but you can prepare - financially at least.

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