Property

CHINA BOOM

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

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

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.

UNDER THE RADAR

Asia has big appetite for soft commodities

License to grow: The China-Australia free trade agreement  underlines that food will be one of the boom industries for Australia.

Richard Hemming Asian demand has been growing for soft commodities, which include protein, namely fish, nuts, beef and dairy.

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Frankingly my dear, I can't credit it

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

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.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Run with the herd - and get trampled

Ditch the herd mentality: Right now the herd is frightfully skittish and there's no clearer example than the share market.

Scott Phillips Evolution taught us to follow the herd. But the herd is often wrong.

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.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Running scared of shares has cost the cautious

Fear factor: There is a share market theory that a loss has three times the emotional impact of a gain which attempts to explain why stocks glide gently up like a hot air balloon but can plummet like stones when they come down.

Marcus Padley The GFC has left a big scar in the public's mind and many people are now highly share averse. More fool them.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Dentist a big hit with the radio set

Peter Sheridan poses with his Art Deco radio collection at his home in Elizabeth Bay.

James Cockington Sydney dentist Peter Sheridan has a collection of art deco radios that is regarded as the best in the world. So good is it that the Emir of Qatar recently offered to buy it all. Sheridan refused.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting cash to work harder

Mark Bouris You may have missed it, but on Tuesday the RBA kept interest rates on hold. Again

INSIGHT

Home prices coming off the boil

There are growing signs the housing market is beginning to cool.

Clancy Yeates Investing in property may have paid off handsomely over the last few years, but there are growing signs the market is starting to cool down.

INSIGHT

Big banks are far from bulletproof

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

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.

Don't create a renovation disaster for your SMSF

Check first: Renovations using SMSF funds must comply with the law.

Monica Rule The law is quite strict on what you can and cannot do with properties involving SMSF funds

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.

GETTING STARTED

Don't rush in to Medibank float

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David Potts Hold your horses if you're thinking about the Medibank Private float.

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SHARES RAE

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

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.