Property

YOUR QUESTIONS

George Cochrane: Should my husband register with Centrelink?

George Cochrane George Cochrane answers readers' questions, such as whether to register with Centrelink even if you're not entitled to any money.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: what is 'asset allocation' anyway?

Asset allocation is compiling an investment portfolio that suits your investment goals - not putting all your eggs in one basket. Illustration: Michael Mucci

Scott Phillips The first in our new series for beginner investors, from Scott Phillips at The Motley Fool.

OUTLOOK

Corporate AGM season suggests the worst is over for the economy

Electronics retailer Harvey Norman says sales were up 7.1 per cent in the September quarter.

David Potts If he dropped by one of this week's annual meetings, the Reserve Bank's Glenn Stevens would hear a different story to the official narrative.

EDUCATION

How to save for your kids' education

Marcelle Gomez and her husband Christian are saving so they have options when 15-month-old Cruz hits high school.

John Collett Education costs are rising faster than inflation, so if you want choices about schools for your children, you need to plan ahead.

SOLAR BOOM

How investors can plug into the solar boom

Solar energy specialist Jake Steele, Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon and Tom Nockolds from Pingala have the answer to

David Potts You can ride the solar boom even if you rent, live in an apartment or in the shade.

Households gear up for next phase of the solar revolution

Fiona Workman had solar panels installed on her roof two years ago.

David Potts Solar panels are landing on rooftops just as the Hills Hoist invaded backyards. If you're not solar-powered, you're not with it.

HOT STOCK

Hot stocks: KFC owner Collins Foods is taking flight again

Greg Smith Collins Foods' KFC business now represents around 85 per cent of total income, and has performed strongly in the past financial year, despite rising labour rates.

What investors can learn from the baby formula shortage

Bellamy's Organic CEO Laura McBain says the company was taken by surprise by the baby formula shortage.

David Potts When tins of organic baby formula are the hottest items going, it's another sign of how Australia is moving from a mining to a dining boom.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The 98 per cent of opportunities you're missing

Global brands such as Nike should be on the radar for Australian investors.

Scott Phillips Why do people willingly restrict themselves to 2 per cent of the market when it comes to shares?

MIND OVER MONEY

Acorns turns your spare change into an investment portfolio

Acorns Australia managing director George Lucas says the acorns name resonates in Europe and the English speaking world, but not in South America or Asia.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons A new app is launching in Australia that will take a few cents here and a few dollars there and invest it in exchange traded funds on your behalf.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chairs that are too valuable to sit on

The Le Corbusier cowhide and chrome chaise longue.

James Cockington  When is a chair not a chair? When it's a design icon.

INSIGHT

Economists tip rental growth to remain soft in 2016

The balance of power is slipping from landlords to tenants as a glut of new apartments come onto the market.

Clancy Yeates Landlords have long held the upper hand in the rental markets in Australia's biggest cities, but there are signs that power is receding in 2016.

MONEY BRAIN

Candid Camera and the danger of consensus thinking

Candid Camera, which ran for more than 30 years, was a good example for how going with the crowd could make you look silly.

Catherine Robson As Candid Camera demonstrated during its 30 years on air, fear of being different can make us do some very stupid things, particularly when it comes to managing money.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Hot tip for selling old Playboys

Vintage <i>Playboy</i> magazines are hot property for collectors.

James Cockington Collectors could be more interested in old issues of Hugh Hefner's girlie magazine now that it has announced it will stop publishing pictures of fully naked women.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Artist Angus O'Callaghan finally discovered at the age of 91

Melbourne photographer Angus O'Callaghan with his camera.

James Cockington Serendipity led to the discovery of photographer Angus O'Callaghan and the success of his 1960s photographs of Melbourne.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

How to avoid investing in the next Dick Smith

With disappointing Christmas sales, Dick Smith felt the crunch in the new year.

Scott Phillips Some simple rules could keep you out of trouble.

MIND OVER MONEY

What The Big Short movie can teach ordinary people

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons It's exciting watching the traders short the US mortgage market before the global financial crisis, but it's not something the rest of us can emulate.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The fabulous estate of a late opal miner and inventor

A large Cloisonne Heavenly Lion, or Fu Dog, from the Qing Dynasty in China. Estimated auction price $30,000-50,000.

James Cockington John Wolfe St Albans, of Adelaide, donated some amazing items to public museums during his lifetime, but still left behind a shipping container of fabulous treasures when he died.

WELL HEELED

Tackle suffering up front when setting goals

Melissa Browne Are we destined not to change or can we salvage our goals made for 2016? The short answer is yes and no.

MIND OVER MONEY

Home buyers' tips for bidding at auction

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Mind Over Money | If your goal is to buy a home, you need a strategy for how to deal with auctions.