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Money

Investing

HOT STOCK

Silver Chef set to win big as hospitality industry booms

James Lennon Equipment financier Silver Chef is poised to reap the rewards as the hospitality industry grows.

HOLIDAY HOMES

Smart investment or just a money pit?

Simply irresistible: Lisa Marquette made a snap decision to purchase her holiday retreat but says she has no regrets.

David Potts Thinking of buying a beach shack or a hideaway in the hills? Take a breath – you could end up with a whole heap of hassle.

INSIGHT

Companies to back in the coming year

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CLANCY YEATES Which shares stand to deliver the best returns when growth is soft and interest rates at record lows?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

High bids are on the cards

Carlton postcard from the Valentines series, circa 1905.

James Cockington Rarely-seen postcards of yesterday's champions expected to make a splash at auction.

BUILDING WEALTH

Property investment is all about choices

Choices are crucial

MAX NEWNHAM The success or failure of investing in property is all about the decisions you make.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Five stocks to get you started

Shopping list: If you're a new investor, working out which companies to invest in can be a tough decision.

Scott Phillips Want to begin investing? Here's a shortlist of companies to put your money in.

GETTING STARTED

Rush into bonds gives shares some added shine

The Japanese are stepping up money printing.

David Potts With bonds offering ultra low and even negative yields dividend paying shares are more attractive to investors. Indispensable even.

UNDER THE RADAR

Australian gold producers benefit from price rebound and weaker dollar

Gold, fingers: Northern Star's profit margins have gone from somewhere between 0 and $50 an ounce to $250 an ounce.

Richard Hemming With the gold price rebounding from its lows and the dollar weaker, smaller gold producers are running hot.

Bargain holiday properties are out there if you want them

It doesn't have to be a run-down hut. Most cheap places just require work on the bathroom and kitchen.

Kate Jones There are holiday properties for less than $200,000. It’s just a matter of scouting them out.

GETTING STARTED

Stick or twist? The smart move is to sit tight

Better to take the losses in order to win big when things improve.

Sally Patten If the going gets rough, investors should remember one of the key lessons from the GFC.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Predictable predictions for 2015

Time for a bit of foresight for 2015.

MARCUS PADLEY The great thing about the stock market at the end of the year is that you can look back and see everything that you should have known.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Stark warning: Winter is coming, prepare for the worst

It will come: The time to prepare for the next economic winter is not after the sleet and snow has arrived.

Scott Phillips As sure as night follows day, busts have followed booms since time immemorial. So are you ready for the next recession?

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

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JOHN COLLETT 5.3 per cent

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Auction joy from barn finds and tinpot toys

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James Cockington What sells and what doesn't remains a mystery that tantalises even the auction experts.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Making a mint from our old money

Rarity: A 1938 Crown in mint condition.

James Cockington Zacs, deeners, pennys, crowns and shillings. There's a lost world of pre-decimal money. But what's it all worth these days?

SMART INVESTING

The best ways to lose money

Hold it: Remember Warren Buffett's first rule.

Richard Livingston Often regarded as the world's most successful investor, Warren Buffett says the first rule of making money is never to lose money.

BUILDING WEALTH

More than one way to strike it rich

Save or splurge: The road to investment property success can take many turns.

Kate Jones There's a number of paths to success in property investing. But which will bring the biggest rewards?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Lose weight, stop smoking, invest in yourself

Kick it in the butt: Stop smoking and start saving.

Scott Phillips It's time to forget your bad old habits and start living your financial life more healthily. Here's how.

HOT STOCK

Elders investors have little to beef about

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James Lennon It was close to being wound up, so the turnaround of the agribusiness is good news for investors.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Investing is easy, 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.

COLLECTIING

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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Tasmanian pottery fires up retired high-flyer

Kevin Power with part of his Tasmanian pottery collection at his Wollstonecraft home in Sydney.

James Cockington A former businessman has written an impressive history of an important early Tasmanian ceramics manufacturer.

Frankingly my dear, I can't credit it

Making your money work: a franking credit is yours for the taking.

David Potts The drums are beating louder against one of the best tax breaks ever invented.

Money's weekly Morningstar tables

Superannuation

See how your investments have performed this week.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Five steps to getting started in shares

Baby steps: Even the best businesses can stumble, but there's a lot you can do to put the odds in your favour.

Scott Phillips Investing can be daunting - but the reward is worth it.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

It was a pretty good year in the auction houses

Brett Whiteley's 1984 painting, Washing the Salt Off II, sold for $976,000 IBP on November 25.

James Cockington There’s a sense of cautious optimism in the auction houses as the market steadily recovers from the GFC.

CHINA BOOM

'Mania' drives China's stock market to three-year high

Many families are taking out brokerage loans to buy stocks, raising leverage and risk.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Retail investors are driving Chinese stocks to fresh highs, and market watchers are alarmed.

GLASS DARKLY

Shady business

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Stephen Crafti Vintage sunglasses are the thing to be seen in this summer. And they can be worth a pretty penny.

ASSET CHECK

Prepare portfolios for rough weather ahead

Time to batten down.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to ensure that the asset composition and risk profile of their holdings suit their personal needs.

Sunday Money Data Service

 

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week

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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