Property

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Blue chips post records

James Cockington Experts have noticed that results of fine art auctions seem to echo those of the real estate market.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

When do hard assets offer real value?

Hot and cold: All that melts is not gold, the unfortunate tale of BlueScope.

Nathan Bell A company values hard assets on its balance sheet. But how accurate is that figure when the ''for sale'' signs are out?

FLOATS

Share floats a bonanza for shareholders

Capital investment: Floats valued at $14 billion have been offered to the public in the last 12 months.

John Collett The past 12 months or so have seen a record number of floats on the sharemarket.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Buying well the key to long-term success

Subtle hint: RBA governor Glenn Stevens vaguely acknowledged property-price inflation but the cash rate stayed the same.

Mark Bouris Glenn Stevens' statement on interest rates was bland but should remind property investors that they must do their homework and invest wisely.

Gauging the risks with financial investments

Risk adviser.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to be aware of the possibility of volatility and the need to be able, and willing, to sit out price declines.

Bouris on Money

Ten ways to read the economy

Big picture: Understand the economy before you make major financial decisions.

Mark Bouris When you make financial decisions outside your normal expertise you’ll need to understand the broader economy.

SHORT CHANGE

A leg of briefs

Clothing and entertainment: Choice says households are being forced to spend less.

John Potts Budgeting? ASIC has an app for that.

ASSET CHECK

Unsettling time for investors

Volatility is likely to be much higher in international sharemarkets.

Daryl Dixon The good times for superannuation fund and other share investors may have come to an end.

SHORT CHANGE

CareSuper and Crowe Horwath join forces to help DIY fund closures

Four real men bravely pose as underwear models.

Davids Potts CareSuper and Crowe Horwath join forces to help DIY fund closures.

Designer hats an investment from the heart

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 29:  Alison Waters poses for a photo with her extraordinary hat collection on August 29, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Anu Kumar/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alison Waters

Stephen Crafti Spring's the time for racing - and hats - but there's more to them than fascinators.

INVESTING

Never mind the profit outlook, feel the dividends

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Even as the dividends flowed something was missing from this year's profit reports, and perhaps more remarkably, nobody noticed.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Value's hiding, time to go seek

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Nathan Bell In the sharemarket, a true bargain can be many things; unknown, unloved, ignored, misunderstood, odd, decrepit, pitied and reviled. One thing it's probably not is popular.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Plan for the four ages of personal finance

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris The ways you structure your spending, saving and investing change as you get older.

SHARE SLIDE

The carnival is over, but it's not all gloom

The Australian dollar has fallen to a six-month low.

Daryl Dixon Just what will happen with our share market from here is far from certain.

Don't get taken in by the finance industry's sleight of hand

Smoke and mirrors: When something appears too good to be true, it usually is.

Richard Livingston A good rule of thumb is 'if you don't understand a financial product then don't buy it'.

UNDER THE RADAR

Volatility provides opportunities to find value

Richard Hemming Does recent volatility provide a buying opportunity for stocks that have been sold off?

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Confidence: Marcus Moufarrige and Alf Moufarrige of Servcorp at the office in Sydney.

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Time to get stuck in to bonds

Mark Bouris Fixed interest funds – which mostly invest in government and corporate bonds – can be a conservative way to pursue above-cash returns with a modest increase in risk.

THE ECONOMY

Dollar and market locked together

The fortunes of the dollar and that of the  sharemarket are locked together.

David Potts Whether it's the chicken or the egg coming first, the fact is the dollar and the sharemarket are moving in lockstep.