Property

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Players in the penny arcade

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James Cockington Arcade machines which test your strength or predict your fate are now an established auction market, .

COLLECTING

The cutting-edge of colour

Holly Rose Octavius La Rosa

Stephen Crafti The approach of radical fashion designers has attracted a select audience of keen collectors.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Insight comes from 30-minute peek at company reports

Nathan Bell Here's how to get the nuts and bolts out of a company's result in half-an-hour.

RESULTS SEASON

Biggest-ever profit? Priceless

CBA building.

John Collett Commonwealth Bank's 800,000 shareholders were pleasantly surprised by the bank's 10 per cent increase in full-year profit announced on Wednesday.

BELOW THE LINE

Time to come to terms

SMH. MONEY. Retiree John Beattie at his house in Bexley North, Sydney. 13th August 2013. Photo: Lidia Nikonova John Beattie at his house in Bexley North, Sydney.

David Potts Having fled the sharemarket after it crashed for the safety of term deposits, many retirees are suffering a financial death by a thousand cuts.

HOT STOCK

Telstra is ready to dial up future

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Greg Smith Telstra recently reported another solid set of results, and declared a 14 cent dividend. Is it worth buying?

UNDER THE RADAR

Making it big in small caps

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Richard Hemming Investing for youself can bring big rewards but you have to be wary, especially if you put your money into small companies.

RESULTS SEASON

A new climate of profitability

Seasons changing.

John Collett Following a challenging couple of years, major insurers IAG, Suncorp and QBE are now showing signs of strength.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Beware the Well Known Fact

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Nathan Bell History shows that "common knowledge" often comes before the fall.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Buyers ready, willing for Abeles

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James Cockington The contents of a 'Mad Men' mansion once home to Sir Peter Abeles are being sold. Ashtrays are everywhere, as is leopard skin.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Greater risk leads to greater rewards

Savings

Richard Livingston You've probably heard about starting early when it comes to saving – the power of compound interest and all that. It's true, but it's not quite that simple.

FURNITURE

Seats of power

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Stephen Crafti The bottom line with chairs is that the designs from the 1950s to '70s are sitting pretty.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Pick through stitches in time

James Cockington Fashionistas are salivating over a sale of gems from the ''really wild, really swinging" Victoria & Albert Boutique, which opened in North Sydney in 1964

REPORTING SEASON

Caution starting to pay dividends

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David Potts The bad news was better than expected in the recent reporting season - and the good news was better still.

HOT STOCK

This roller-coaster ride is on the way up

Hot Stock Theme park operator Ardent Leisure is on moving upward.

UNDER THE RADAR

Wading tentatively in the big pool

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Richard Hemming Small caps fared pretty well in the reporting period just gone. They' re more resilient than many believe. If they weren't, they wouldn't be in business.

UNDER THE RADAR

Confidence up at Bisalloy after tough times

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Under the Radar column Bisalloy has yet to set the investment world alight, but this could all change in the next year as it recovers from a tough 2013.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Buyers not sold on Australian art

 

James Cockington Lukewarm market for Australian art could heat up thanks to a major London exhibition.

GETTING STARTED

The curse of predicting currency fluctuations

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David Potts Nobody can know for sure where the dollar is going, let alone when it'll get there, so getting that call right takes consummate luck.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Oligopolies as safe as money in the banks

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Marcus Padley There are the banks. Then there's the rest of the market. If you're trying to grow your money, start with the banks.