Commercial Property

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

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

It was a pretty good year in the auction houses

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Money lessons from the Melbourne Cup

Harness the benefits: Learn financial lessons from the Melbourne Cup.

Scott Phillips The race that stops a nation can help you improve your financial position.

BUILDING WEALTH

Auction tips from those who know

Peter Cerexhe Can you win at property auctions through superior tactics? Auctioneers of fine art, livestock and office furniture offer their tips.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's the best investment strategy for mother's inheritance?

Do your research: Some ethical investment funds have done very well, but your elderly mother may not likely the volatility, so you might look around for ethical balanced funds, preferably with a large, safe institution.

George Cochrane She wants a safe investment that can be liquidated quickly should she need money to go into a nursing home.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Don't wait to be waited on, go find out for yourself

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Marcus Padley Having the edge on the share market is not about having the information that affects a share price, it's about handling that information more efficiently.

BUYING TO LET

Patchy outlook for investors

Building wealth.

John Collett Record-low interest rates have been driving property prices higher. But borrowing won’t always be cheap and, if you’re thinking of buying to let, you will need to tread carefully.

PROPERTY

Reliable REITs unsung heroes of booming market

If you're looking for a simpler way to invest in property than directly buying it, REITS are performing well and could be the answer.

David Potts Real Estate Investment Trusts beat home ownership for a hassle-free and healthy return.

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Confidence: Marcus Moufarrige and Alf Moufarrige of Servcorp at the office in Sydney.

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

Shares race: Potts falters, Dartboard in pole position

David Potts He's second to last in the shares race, but David Potts sees encouraging signs in the market.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Smarts driving to lost peaks

Jeffrey Smart?s Self Portrait At Papini?s, which is being sold by Deutscher and Hackett next week. They?ve put an estimate of $700,000 ? $900,000 on it with ??realistic expectations?? that the work may reach $1 million or more.

James Cockington The million dollar mark will be tested twice next week with not one but two important Jeffrey Smart paintings up for sale, and auctioneers expecting them to sell for seven figure sums.

COLLECTING

For the love of grand designs

Paper treasure: Phyllis Murphy with a sampling of her wallpaper collection.

Stephen Crafti Paint is popular for interiors, but wallpaper has a timelessness about it that won over this collector.

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...

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.

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.