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INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: Building a nest egg for the kids

Scott Phillips A reader has been putting money away each month for his son, and wants to know how to invest it.

THE HONEST BROKER

How to manage a share portfolio in six steps

Marcus Padley Everyone sets out to buy stocks that go up forever and are never sold. That's nirvana. But it obviously doesn't happen that way.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Kogan and the new age of retail

Ruslan Kogan, pictured, might have a very 21st-century story but the echoes from Gerry Harvey's story are unmistakeable.

Scott Phillips Rich Lister Gerry Harvey and challenger Ruslan Kogan have more in common than they'd like to admit.

BOURIS ON MONEY

How to make property investment pay off

Maintenance costs are tax deductible for property investors.

Mark Bouris Controlling costs is critical for successful investment.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: how to choose an ETF with three simple questions

Scott Phillips Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can provide hassle-free exposure to an entire market, giving instant diversification, but which ETF should you buy?

MIND OVER MONEY

Can pensioners beat the 'deeming rates' on savings?

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons Many people haven't heard of it, but the "deeming rate" is a big deal for three out of four retired Australians.

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THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: counting the cost of catastrophe

Scott Phillips The recent storms down the eastern coast of Australia brought with them significant loss. Should you invest in insurance companies?

SHARES RACE

Shares Race week 2: agriculture hot, healthcare not

Vanessa Desloires The end of a seven-week long rally now means the Shares Racers' stock picking skills will be put to the test.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: how to invest your first $1000

Scott Phillips Theory doesn't always pass the 'real world' test.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: Why the Chinese want a chunk of Virgin

Mantra is a hotel operator working hard to attract Chinese guests.

Scott Phillips China's largest airline HNA has bought a chunk of Virgin and there are lessons for investors - but not just about airlines.

THE HONEST BROKER

Traps behind the hybrid issue offers from the banks

Marcus Padley Hybrid issues for the banks are flying off the shelves once again, but there are downsides for investors.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Intelligent Investor: what to do when sharemarket yield becomes expensive

Cats get a buzz from catnip.

John Addis Four ways that investors accustomed to double-digit returns can adjust to the new era of low interest rates and bond yields.

MIND OVER MONEY

What Money Monster says about financial literacy

George Clooney stars as Lee Gates in Money Monster.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons The premise of Money Monster is all too plausible and it says a lot about financial literacy.

INVESTMENT 101

Investment 101: ETFs v LICs for instant diversification

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Scott Phillips Diversification can sound boring but it can help protect you from significant portfolio pain.

Miners and almonds doing well for stock-pickers

Almond grower Harvest Select is having a great run with its share price on the rise.

John Collett The Australian sharemarket has been trading sideways pretty much since the start of May, after generally rising for most of this year.

THE HONEST BROKER

The six X-factor risks keeping fund managers and investors up at night

Fund managers consider the possible election of Donald Trump as US president to be an investment risk.

Marcus Padley These are the X factors that the fund managers are most worried about, the events that could drop the market significantly more than "normal".

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: three dividend stocks that beat the banks

Michel's Patisserie is owned by ASX-listed Retail Food Group.

Scott Phillips Most Aussies don't want to hear it but the banks are way too large a proportion of our portfolios.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Lessons from the Myer turnaround

At the end of last year, Myer's share price was cheap.

Andrew Legget Investors are rewarded for going against the crowd, as Myer's recent recovery shows.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: How to diversify your portfolio

Scott Phillips You've had some success with your investments but now your portfolio is no longer balanced. How do you diversify?

INNOVATION

Online markets create new breed of alternative investments

Natasha Langdon has invested some money with a peer-to-peer lender where she is earning more than 8 per cent.

John Collett Investment alternatives to shares and term deposits are gaining traction.