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GETTING STARTED

No rewards for plunging into risky shares

David Potts Research finds there's no compensation for risk in equity markets.

THE HONEST BROKER

Stocks go up like a balloon, down like a rocket

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Marcus Padley It takes time for markets to build value and confidence, but this can be destroyed in a heartbeat.

INVESTING

Government should act on high-frequency trading

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Richard Livingston A new book means all the world is talking about HFT - everyone it seems but the people who should be talking about it.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Digging for bargains in the rubble

Nathan Bell Four filters to help you spot mining services stocks with potential.

DIVIDENDS

Bank dividends are too good to be true

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David Potts Chasing bank dividends has been a strategy that has paid in spades.

INVESTING

Discounts can cost you in the end

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Mark Bouris When it comes to finance, divide your attention between what you can and can't control.

INVESTING

Mixing it up key to success

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Penny Pryor Spread the risks, and always understand what you are investing in.

UNDER THE RADAR

Looking at new year directions

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

GETTING STARTED

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'.

GETTING STARTED

Study big picture not bottom line

Gareth Hutchens What is the state of Australian employment? Not that great, but it's not that bad either.

FURTHER AFIELD

Offshore paydays loom in bourse boom

Katherine Jimenez Offshore stocks have provided Aussie investors with some of the strongest returns seen in years - a trend that's set to continue in 2014