Property

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Should you stash cash in the Caymans?

David Wilson Despite their freedom from income tax, these Caribbean islands may not be the haven they seem.

Your bank holdings under threat

Uncertainty: Inquiry set to trigger a shakeup in the banking industry.

Daryl Dixon Decisions need to be made on the banking industry - the savings of millions of Australians are at stake.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

You might think you have a choice, but . . .

All sorts: There maybe lots of lollies to choose from but you won't be offered all of them.

Marcus Padley There are a many products a financial planner could sell you but only a few which they will.

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.

SHARES RACE

Dartboard shoots ahead while others crash and burn

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David Potts The dartboard is on fire, so just as well its best stock specialises in fireproof fabrics.

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COLLECTING

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

Gallipoli sales set to spike

Lot 59: An eyewitness watercolour by Norman Wilkinson, LandingĀ at 'A' Beach, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, 7th August 1915. Sold for $9,600.

James Cockington Next year sees the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings. If recent weeks are a guide, prices for Gallipoli memorabilia will soar.

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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.

ASSET CHECK

Investors beware of snake oil salesmen

Home owners should be wary of buying a concoction of investment risk being sold as a surefire cure for tax ailments.

Daryl Dixon No matter how good a scheme may appear, it pays to remember key investment fundamentals.

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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 '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

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.