Property

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.

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.

ASK NOEL

London calling but is it a bridge too far?

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Noel Whittaker We want to sell our share portfolio, borrow $100,000 and buy a property in London for our children.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chinese whispers

TOP RESULTS from the Mossgreen auction of Asian Art, 19 November 2013,Melbourne.
Lot 188. A fine and rare Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of a crowned Buddha ,14th/15th century. Estimates $20,000 to $30,000. Sold for $170,800 IBP.

Lot 62. A very large Chinese enamelled hundred deer vase, 20th century.Estimates $5,000 to $8,000. Sold for $26,840 IBP
.Lot 92. A massive pair of carved Chinese ivory tusks, Qing Dynasty, 19thcentury. stimates $40,000 to $60,000. Sold for $67,100 IBP.

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James Cockington Last month marked the return of cashed-up Chinese buyers to the Australian auction scene, and auctioneers are jumping for joy.

UNDER THE RADAR

Looking at new year directions

Richard Hemming What are the big themes that are likely to affect little companies next year?

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Trend finally going in right direction

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David Potts Lost in the fact that economists have been cutting their forecasts for next year is that they still expect growth to improve.

SMART INVESTOR

Make 2014 a year of expanded horizons

 

Brendan Swift Australian investors are sitting pretty as the calendar year draws to a close, thanks to stellar returns from residential property and equities.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

20 simple steps to a share trading fortune

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Marcus Padley Here, condensed into a few easy-to-digest dot points, is all you need to know about the sharemarket.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Game changer in decision to opt for SMSF

Superannuation choices

Richard Livingston It makes sense to control your own super fund if you limit your costs to 1 per cent.

FUNNY MONEY

Bitcoin: a digital puzzle with currency

Andrew Tangel and Chris O'Brien Though still far from the mainstream and too complex for the average consumer, Bitcoin has grown well past its roots as the plaything of anarchists and hackers.

RESOLUTIONS

12 ways to invest better in 2014

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Richard Evans The bad habits you need to kick and the good ones you need to acquire for your finances to flourish in the New Year.

FRAUD

Art fraudsters find fresh ways to trap unwary

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Jasper Copping If you are an art enthusiast tempted to splash out on an apparent bargain, you might want to think again.

INVESTING

Classic cars and watches give best returns

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Ben Martin For those investors able to afford them, classic cars and watches, rather than traditional stock markets, are where the most impressive returns can be found.

ASK NOEL

Share trust better than risky rental

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Noel Whittaker I'm 26, with $150,000 in savings. Property in Budapest is cheap but would buying there be a good way to use my money?

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Renewed taste for risk among wealthy investors

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Katherine Jimenez Like many high net worth investors, Gerry Harvey is looking to move beyond the 'safe stuff'.

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Gauging real value of a company is no easy task

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Nathan Bell Probably the simplest valuation tool in the investor's tool kit is the price-to-book ratio.

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Not a time for tax losses and capital gain

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John Collett Property investors making losses on their properties must be crossing their fingers that house prices keep rising.