Property

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Dentist a big hit with the radio set

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.

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.

Sunday Money Data Service

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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.

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.

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.

UNDER THE RADAR

Perpetual splashing the cash on small caps

Risk assessment: Companies with low market capitalisation carry greater risk than those with high market capitalisation, and have potentially greater returns.

Richard Hemming Perpetual's Small Cap chief, Jack Collopy, has spent about $100 million on stocks in the past six weeks.

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.

Sunday Money Data Service

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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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Hunt on for pioneer miners' jewellery

A crossed pick and shovel.

James Cockington In the colonial mining boom gold ornaments were specially commissioned. Very few have survived.