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Money

Investing

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The challenges of ethical investing

John Addis 5:40pm What’s the point of paying more to get poor performance from an ethical investment fund?

REPORTING SEASON

Season of the what, why and which

TIS THE SEASON: Time to kick the tyres and look under the bonnet of your share portfolio to see if your investments are good to go or due for replacement.

Barbara Drury 9:53pm Judging by prices alone Australian shares are in good shape. So what should stock pickers look for?

QUIRKY INVESTING

Experts say big men's jumpers will fly

Jumper no.1: St Kilda's Trevor Barker goes aerial in the Number 1 jersey at the MCG, 1980.

James Cockington 2:15pm Macedon's Paul Garro is selling most of his AFL/VFL jumper collection dating back to the 1970s.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Modernist furniture goes boom

 

James Cockington Mid-century collectables have been doing extremely well at auction over the past decade.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six good things that happen to great businesses

Going up: The six issues here are pointers to a company that will thrive in the good times and the not so good times.

Nathan Bell When it comes to investing in the sharemarket, solidly dependable companies are an important cornerstone of that strategy.

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Want big returns? Go global

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David Potts With a fall in the dollar expected, the US and Europe are the places to invest.

THE CHARTIST

Fifth wave might see gold hit some higher heights

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Rod Myer There is talk among the enthusiasts about a significant change in the yellow metal’s fortunes.

UNDER THE RADAR

Property player hopes to exploit agent anger

Competition: The online market for 'eyeballs' in real estate is heating up.

Richard Hemming Online competitor Onthehouse is attracting 'eyeballs', because it offers data on properties which aren't listed.

HOT STOCK

Silver Chef expects net profits for 2014

Cooking with gas: Silver Chef's profit after tax could be at the upper end of the guidance range.

Greg Smith It's worth having a look at this small business equipment financier.

UNDER THE RADAR

Buy cheap and be patient

Showing potential: Elders benefits from rising cattle volumes.

Richard Hemming Private equity groups are interested in rural services group Elders. You should be too.

HOT STOCK

Investor appetite for Sunland is building

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Sunland is looking attractive to investors.

Greg Smith Strength in the property market, especially in Queensland is good news for listed developer.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Almost time to buy miners as sector enters epic war of attrition

Stacked steel: but demand in China is falling.

David Llewellyn-Smith The price of iron ore is down. Is this an opportunity for investors?

THE CHARTIST

Wall Street charges on - but are US stocks marching into bubble territory?

ABOUT TO BURST? :The United States stock market has seen plenty of action since the darkest days of the global financial crisis.

Rod Myer Recent weakness on the US stock market and the effects of quantitative easing have investors asking whether the US equity markets are moving into the danger zone.

DOLLAR DAZZLER

Why the dollar is defying the Reserve Bank

Heads you lose, tails we win: The Australian dollar has actually gone up since the most recent rate cut.

David Potts Don’t tell anyone, but our dollar has actually risen in value since the Reserve’s last rate cut.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Relax. ETFs will take care of themselves

Less effort: ETFs require fewer administrative decisions.

MARCUS PADLEY Exchange Traded Funds allow investors to build diversified portfolios with minimal cost and effort.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Art attracts some smart money

Contemporary performer: Jeffrey Smart's Antibes (1965) sold for $536,800.

James Cockington If fine art sales are an economic barometer, then good times may be ahead.

MARKETS

Prospects good for share investors

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Daryl Dixon While the hunt for yield has definitely boosted share prices, the prospects for investors remain good.

IPOs

Shot in arm for health sector

Good investment: Private healthcare companies are  popular with fund managers.

David Potts A rush from investors for the Healthscope float has many hoping that Medibank will follow suit

Seeing value in art glass

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Stephen Crafti Unlike fine crystal brought out for special occasions, art glass is made by hand and displayed like fine art.

SHARE RACE

Wall St shares' record run gives racers a big push

New surge: The market is in a sweet spot of improving growth with continued low interest rates.

David Potts A record run on Wall Street pushed our tipsters into the black for the first time with one week left of this round.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Super Retail and Reject Shop - alike but not alike

Bullet-proof: Tough economic times won't hurt The Reject Shop - in fact they may even help it.

Nathan Bell They're two retailers at the discount end of the high street, with two very different stories.

HOT STOCK

Get some skin in the chicken game with KFC owner

Finger lickin' good: Collins Foods is well set to expand its KFC restaurant footprint in Western Australia.

Greg Smith Given the healthy outlook for growth and a fully franked dividend, Collins Foods is well worth looking at.

UNDER THE RADAR

Reckon? It looks like a good punt

Looking up: Reckon’s shares are bouncing back.

Richard Hemming Accounting software specialist Reckon is walking the walk when it comes to its online product suite.

THE CHARTIST

REA Group's strong surge running out of puff

Take-off point: A screengrab shows the state of play for Realestate.co.au on August 6, 2012.

Rod Myer REA Group has been one of the standout performers on the Australian market - but will its run continue?.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

High flyer explores his passion for pottery

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James Cockington Kevin Power has a new passion - the pottery of Tasmanian master cratsman John Campbell.

SHARE RACE

Chartist leaps in front to move from first to last

Flying high: A liking for minnow minor Caeneus Minerals has put Richard Pritchard in the lead.

Vanessa Desloires Depending who you talk to, picking winners in the stock market can either be a delicate science of educated guessing, or something written in the stars.

GETTING STARTED

Starting your own business could be the best investment of all

Early traction: Good preparation will ensure a smooth start for your new business.

Melissa Browne The financial reward of your own business is worth considering when deciding how to grow your money.

HOT STOCK

Woodside is well worth weighing up

Black gold: Fat Prophets has a bullish long-term view of energy prices.

David Lennox Improved investor appetite and a good energy price outlook are among the bright spots for Woodside Petroleum.

UNDER THE RADAR

US hedge funds pump up LNG

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Richard Hemming The Liquefied Natural Gas share price has risen sharply. So what is the attraction to US investors?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Investing lessons from a turbulent decade

Ditch the crystal ball: You don't need to predict the future to do well on the sharemarket.

Nathan Bell From massive highs to huge lows the past 10 years have been interesting times - and a perfect learning opportunity.

Smart investor

We love dividends

Here lies the best income producing stocks, ETFs, hybrids and managed funds.

How to beat the debt levy

If you pay more tax than you have to then you have got rocks in your head.

What Charlie Aitken is buying

See inside the portfolio of a famous sharemarket tipster.

Each week financial advisor and international best selling author, Noel Whittaker, answers your questions. Ask an Expert

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