Currencies

SHARE RACE

Boart Longyear leaps to the top

David Potts In a surprise turnaround, the race’s worst stock is now top of the pops.

INVESTING

Low interest rates a boost to shares

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Daryl Dixon As the US sharemarket hits its straps, local shares are not proving nearly so buoyant.

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The many challenges of ethical stock picking

Invest no evil: There is a lot to consider when taking an ethical investment approach.

John Addis You might think choosing local stocks that "aren’t evil" is a good thing, but what's the point of paying more to get poor performance?

HOT STOCK

Astro rides revival of Japanese property prices

A little thaw: The ice  is starting to crack around Japan's frozen property market, and Astro offers Australian investors a way in.

Greg Smith Metropolitan Japanese property looks to be on the right track after more than two decades of decline, with tenancy rates in prime properties high and an increasing number of buyers looking at...

DOLLAR DAZZLER

Why the dollar is defying the Reserve Bank

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

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.

THE CHARTIST

Bulls and bears slugging it out over our dollar

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Rod Myer Technical analysis points up indecision in the market, with no clear direction being able to win out.

INVESTING

Discounts can cost you in the end

Mortgage discounts can cost you in the end.

Mark Bouris When it comes to finance, divide your attention between what you can and can't control.

Bank valuations defy China risks

Nathan Bell Bank investors facing a stark reality: either Chinese banks are a bargain or Australian bank shareholders need to prepare for tougher times.

Dollar's strength shows all that glitters isn't gold

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David Potts Everything is conspiring against gold but all things considered the goldminers are doing all right. Must be a tough lot.

THE CHARTIST

History shows we're due for a downturn

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Rod Myer Could market jitters turn into something much worse? Technical analysis points to a third bear just around the corner.

REPORTING SEASON

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Katherine Jimenez There could be some golden opportunities this reporting season, with housing-related stocks and foreign currency earners expected to be the big performers.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The secret world of the showbag

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James Cockington Vintage showbags are - among a small network of Melbourne collectors - objects of reverence and can change hands for silly money.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Grab some global exposure with ETF investing

Marcus Padley Exchange traded funds enable man-in-the-moon investing rather than Australian tunnel-vision investing.

THE CHARTIST

Elliott Wave theory backs rise in dollar

Rod Myer The Aussie dollar has been bobbing like a cork on the ocean but might be on the cusp of an upward trend

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Why Bitcoin will never be 'real' money

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Richard Livingston The very thing that makes it attractive - it's electronic nature - is also the thing that makes it vulnerable.

PROPERTY

Putting a Dent in our economy's future

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David Potts US economist Harry Dent is on a mission, frightening the bejesus out of anyone who owns property.

UNDER THE RADAR

Gas project showing momentum

Maurice Brand, Managing Director of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited in and around his West Perth offices, 01 February 2008. AFR PHOTO/Tony ASHBY

Richard Hemming LNG has been listed since 2004 and is still trying to get a low-cost gas project off the ground. Some brokers are pushing the stock hard.

GETTING STARTED

Bitcoins and bullion? Steer clear of both

David Potts

David Potts Those of us who are digitally challenged are cheering bullion in its battle against Bitcoins.