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QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Conditions bid fair for Asian art

James Cockington 12:15am Collectors from all over Asia are converging on Australian auction houses - and prices are soaring.

Hot Stock

Long-life assets tie Santos to Asian energy needs

Exports: Santos holds a 13.5 per cent stake in the massive PNG LNG project.

David Lennox 12:15am Gas producer appears to be well positioned to participate in Asia’s growing energy requirements.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What Myer can learn from US retailer Nordstrom

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Generic Myer Shots for story about company being put on the stock exchange.
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Nathan Bell 12:15am The question Myer shareholders should be asking is why are Nordstrom's sales increasing so fast while Myer's have stagnated.

UNDER THE RADAR

Volatility provides opportunities to find value

The tail being wagged by the global currency dog: Equities are vulnerable to a wider rout because they are liquid, being an easy way to raise money without incurring big costs.

Richard Hemming 12:15am Does recent volatility provide a buying opportunity for stocks that have been sold off?

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's the best way to take advantage of Telstra buyback?

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George Cochrane Should I participate in the share buyback scheme being offered by Telstra?

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'.

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 RACE

Club keep heads above water as rivals fall away

Market drivers: It has been a tough week for everyone in the race.

ALANA SCHETZER Just like in the race that stops the nation, those who start out in front cannot always maintain the lead.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

The seven deadly money sins

Bad habits: It only takes a bit of self-discipline to regain control of your financial affairs.

Scott Phillips Doing the right thing is only half the battle, you need to avoid doing the wrong things, too.

GETTING STARTED

Good news for some in dollar's decline

Which  way will it go?

Sally Patten Holiday plans might have to change if the currency continues like this.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

These hybrids smell pretty sweet to me

Sweet-smelling: Hybrids are walking off the shelf for good reason.

MARCUS PADLEY The bottom line is that the odds of a major hybrid issuer going bust are very, very low.

MOTLEY FOOL

How to make a million in shares

Who wants to be a millionaire?: Follow these tips and reap the rewards.

Scott Phillips Three simple steps can see you hit the big time.

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.

HOT STOCK

Lithium miner Orocobre is full of juice.

Long life: In addition to consumer devices, the use of lithium batteries in the auto industry is a key growth market.

David Lennox The attraction in Orocobre lies in the long life of the company’s assets and their scalability in the future.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Klassic Kombi: Micro bus, macro price

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Owner Colin Stark  poses for a photo with The Volkswagen Kombi Split Window EZ Camper he is selling at an upcoming Shannons auction on September 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. VW Kombi Van  (Photo by Patrick Scala/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Colin Stark; Volkswagen Kombi

James Cockington A new Australian record is likely to be set next week, with a restored 1966 version nicknamed Buster expected to clear $70,000.

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.

SHARES RACE

Speed and power drive front runners on

Jack Rodwell celebrates after scoring for Sunderland against Manchester United.

David Potts They might be losing money but more than half our share tipsters are beating the market.

Falling Australian dollar will benefit domestic tourism and property

Copper pipes sit on display at a Lowe's store in Cary, North Carolina, U.S., on Monday, May 18, 2009. Copper futures rose to a one-week high as falling inventories and a weakening dollar boosted speculation that demand will increase for the metal used in pipes and wires. Photographer: Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg News

David Potts The 5 per cent drop in the dollar in a fortnight is good news for nearly all of us.

INGOT WE TRUST

Scots fling themselves into gold as big day nears

Scots the world over are holding their breath over the results of the vote.

Richard Dyson Gold sales to Scots rise 42 per cent rise in a fortnight as canny investors rush into the traditional haven with the clock ticking down to tomorrow's independence vote.

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See how your investments have performed this week.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Staple diet can really satisfy

Winning formula: Life magazine briefly published an Australian edition with local stores and covers. On October 30, 1967, the reigning Formula One world champion Jack Brabham was on pole position. Worth $15.

James Cockington Vintage magazines have really taken off in the past ten years, with some surprising recent results.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to make the most of broker research

So if broking research is next to useless for recommendations, valuations and long-term investing, what should you use it for?

Nathan Bell It isn't designed to identify long-term value because brokers want you to trade, now.

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.

STRATEGIES

Hot hands and arrogance could cost you dear

Nobody like a smartass. Pride comes before a fall - which helps explain a lot about stock price movements.

Chris Brycki We tend to act irrationally when investing, something you should bear in mind if you want to avoid being burnt.

NAME ORDER

Don't get rolled by your surname

Were you always called last. Does your surname start with X, Y or Z? Don't be hasty with financial decision-making.

Brett Graff Are you always quick to respond to those TV offers that promise bonuses for the first few callers? You are - well does your last name begin with an X, Y or Z? Strangely enough the two could be related.

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HOT STOCK

Qantas circling inflection point

Robust capital position: Domestically Qantas stands in a good position to maintain, if not increase, market share.

Greg Smith After suffering severe headwinds for many years it looks like the carrier is set for some clearer air.

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.

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.

Communications

Tidy profit for DIY funds with Telstra shares

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JOHN COLLETT The Telsta buy-back could be very rewarding for some shareholders.

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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Gainers 01-Oct-2014 14:41:59
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SWL1.645+0.17511.90
MRM2.130+0.20010.36
QRX0.025+0.0028.70
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KDL0.125-0.040-24.24

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