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LOOK NORTH

Seek some fresh horizons

JOHN COLLETT 12:15am After an up and down year, Australian shares are set to end 2014 where they began. Investors need a new approach.

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GETTING STARTED

Doomsayers an unreliable guide to market trends

Volatile: The advice of experts is not invariably a  guarantee of investor success.

David Potts Experts get it wrong, and the most pessimistic tend to be most at risk of doing so.

HOT STOCK

Bright outlook for NZ's Spark after name change

Bright young thing: Spark is being underestimated in the telco market.

Greg Smith New Zealand's telecom outfit has a new name, and is mounting a strong challenge to the competition.

BUILDING WEALTH

Property trusts up, but danger lurks if investors overpay

Foreign investors are currently getting a good return from Australian property investments.

JOHN COLLETT They may be less risky than before the financial crisis, but listed property trusts are vulnerable to rises in interest rates.

SHARES RACE

Dartboard shoots ahead while others crash and burn

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David Potts The dartboard is on fire, so just as well its best stock specialises in fireproof fabrics.

Sunday Money Data Service

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COLLECTING

Wind me up and watch me go

Solicitor Andrew McGregor and some of his vintage tin toys.

Stephen Crafti They were made to amuse children but many adults will pay silly money for vintage tin toys.

ASSET CHECK

Investors beware of snake oil salesmen

Home owners should be wary of buying a concoction of investment risk being sold as a surefire cure for tax ailments.

Daryl Dixon No matter how good a scheme may appear, it pays to remember key investment fundamentals.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Gallipoli sales set to spike

Lot 59: An eyewitness watercolour by Norman Wilkinson, LandingĀ at 'A' Beach, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, 7th August 1915. Sold for $9,600.

James Cockington Next year sees the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings. If recent weeks are a guide, prices for Gallipoli memorabilia will soar.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Playboy model's jewels up for grabs

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James Cockington Uta Pearson was the 'embodiment of boho chic'. Her jewelery collection is up for sale.

STOCK MARKETS

All white's just right if a bubble's what you're after

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Neil Irwin Racial diversity among stock exchange traders might cut down the chances of big booms and busts.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

You might think you have a choice, but . . .

All sorts: There maybe lots of lollies to choose from but you won't be offered all of them.

MARCUS PADLEY There are a many products a financial planner could sell you but only a few which they will.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Investing is easy, and you already know how to do it

Give it a whirl: The good news is that no matter your life experience, financial prowess or your level of self-confidence, you can get started with investing.

Scott Phillips You know more than you think - and more than the 'smart money' does.

HOT STOCK

Ten weighs options with all to play for

Sending signals: Now that Ten is in play we think what follows will be a hotly contested auction for what is strategically a very valuable asset.

Greg Smith A laggard in many respects, Ten is still a very valuable piece of media real estate.

SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM

Super funds flex their muscles on executive pay

Grey power: Small shareholders' best bet for influence is through their super funds.

JOHN COLLETT When it comes to keeping companies to account, small investors have an ally in the big funds.

Your bank holdings under threat

Uncertainty: Inquiry set to trigger a shakeup in the banking industry.

Daryl Dixon Decisions need to be made on the banking industry - the savings of millions of Australians are at stake.

SHARES RAE

Dartboard winning the shares race with help from red-hot Alexium

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David Potts Setting such a blistering pace in our shares race, the dartboard might need some of the fire-proofing that is the speciality of its top pick Alexium.

Sunday Money Data Service

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UNDER THE RADAR

Azure Healthcare's PR blunder a lesson to all small caps

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Richard Hemming Sugar-coating a downgrade might have helped Azure avoid having its share price halved.

BIG FLOAT

Clock ticking on Medibank share offer

Take a number, but don't wait too long. You have until midnight to apply for Medibank Private shares.

JOHN COLLETT You have until midnight to apply for shares in the Medibank Private float and investors who manage to snare some could be looking at an early Christmas present.

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Should you stash cash in the Caymans?

You've got it, but where do you stash it?

David Wilson Despite their freedom from income tax, these Caribbean islands may not be the haven they seem.

WEALTH

He's worth $28b, but is Alibaba boss Jack Ma happy? No

The world's biggest retailer saw turnover of $9 billion on Tuesday but its boss - China's richest man - says "I'm not very happy".

INSIGHT

Big banks are far from bulletproof

In the money: Very low interest rates and a recovering housing market make banking a profitable industry to be in right now.

CLANCY YEATES It's important to remember that the big four would not escape a severe economic slump unscathed.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Source and story key to sale success

Lot 7. A pair of Chinese gilt-bronze Buddhist guardians. Ming Dynasty. Estimates. $40,000 to $60,000.

James Cockington When fakes and 'copies' abound, being able to establish that you have the genuine article is very important.

GETTING STARTED

Ignore the banks' squeals. They can take the pain

No need to panic: So long as banks can find somebody to lend to they will be on a gravy train.

David Potts Despite their objections to the Murray inquiry there's no clear and present danger to bank profits.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Forget Medibank noise and use your head

Laughing all the way to the bank: Finance Minister Mathias Corman at the Medibank share float.

Scott Phillips Why the fuss? Why the rush? It's just hype. And it's all part of the marketing machine.

Discover smart ways to buy art

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Christine Long Getting a start in buying art doesn’t have to mean having the big bucks at the ready. If you’re determined, there are ways to make it accessible.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Small investors can get their fingers burnt

Safe hands: Be wary of companies making placements, particularly when there's no share purchase plan attached.

Nathan Bell Many share issues favour large shareholders over small. How can you tell if you're being short-changed?

HOT STOCK

Good times ahead for winemaker

Producer: Australian Vintage's focus is expected to deliver above average earnings growth over the medium-term.

James Lennon Smart management is expected to put Australian Vintage on an upward trajectory.

Smart investor

How experts take profits

Contrarian investor Simon Marais explains why he sold half his stake in a company that doubled in value.

Where to find cash cows

The hunt for industrial stocks which will become reliable wealth generators never ends at Perpetual.

Blue Ribbon 2014 winners

The best financial products in Australia presented in one easy-to-navigate list.

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

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Market Movers

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Total number of Falls
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Total number of Steadies
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Gainers 28-Nov-2014 18:50:02
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POH0.069+0.00813.11
QAN1.920+0.1256.96
HTA0.065+0.0034.84
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MCS0.245-0.025-9.26
EHL0.180-0.015-7.69
CGF6.350-0.500-7.30
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ROY0.032+0.00728.00
AZM0.029+0.00626.09
KRL0.010+0.00225.00
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HOG0.004-0.002-33.33
NFE0.020-0.008-28.57
PPP0.034-0.010-22.73

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