Property

Seeing value in art glass

Stephen Crafti Unlike fine crystal brought out for special occasions, art glass is made by hand and displayed like fine art.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Collectors hunt for old Australian harmonicas

Key item: Magpie harmonicas were released by Macrow's of Melbourne.

James Cockington Tin sandwiches are worth more than a song these days.

HOT STOCK

Trademe worth sticking with

Competitive advantage: Trade Me has a strong position  in the New Zealand economy.

Greg Smith The online marketplace has announced changes to their pricing model to ensure the Trade Me property portal maintains its dominant market position.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Precipice looms for some if franking rules change

Adele Laurent of Denver, Co., dives from the 87-foot perch at the La Quebrada cliff in Acapulco, Mexico, Saturday, Nov.  16, 1996, during the International Cliff Diving Championships.  Women were allowed to participate in the championships for the first time ever on Saturday.  (AP Photo/ Joe Cavaretta)

Richard Livingston If dividend imputation rules change, expect the share prices of the banks and Telstra to fall over a cliff.

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Before you buy stocks check out why they are being sold

Care bear: Making the bear case before you buy is crucial.

Nathan Bell We’ve all become excited about a company after too little research. We’ve told ourselves the stock is set to double – nay, triple – once the market understands it.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What next for Telstra?

Tough times ahead: A changing market means Telstra will struggle to find growth.

Nathan Bell This is a business under threat as more companies are linked to the network by competitors’ fibre.

SHARES RACE

Shares race: dartboard takes lead in four-week race

David Potts Random picks by the dartboard were the best result after the first week of a month-long shares race.

There's more to come from CBA after record profit

David Potts - dink - dinkus

David Potts If the Commonwealth Bank can make $8.7 billion, what it could do in better times?

HOT STOCK

Ardent bulks up with Fitness First

Gym takeover: Ardent Leisure is expanding its fitness footprint.

Greg Smith Ardent's Fitness First purchase makes the group even more attractive.

THE DOLLAR

Overvalued dollar stuck in a viscous trap

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts The best case scenario to get our currency down is for economic growth in the US writes.

INVESTING

Share sizzle going to a simmer

Share sizzle going to a simmer.

John Collett Investor returns have been spectacular for the past two years. But fund managers say the new financial year won't burn so brightly.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Why you need us looking after your trades

Marcus Padley Brokers don't come free, but think about the wealth of information and expertise you get in return.

ASK NOEL

Rental income a taxing issue

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Noel Whittaker We own a townhouse, which is rented at $450 a week. We're off to Europe for 12 months - what are our tax obligations?

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.

GETTING STARTED

The enigma of Westfield ownership

David Potts Next time you pop into a Westfield, think who owns it. The Lowys? That’s what I would have said, too.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

iSentia's share price is a fragile flower

Nathan Bell Above the float price, there's already a good argument to take profits and get out.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage in vogue

Vintage is in vogue.

James Cockington Vintage clothing, especially haute couture, is now collected in the same way as fine art, and investors are tentatively entering the scene.

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.

UNDER THE RADAR

Ageing boomers point the way for 2014

Richard Hemming What will be the main drivers of the small caps market in 2014? We asked the experts.