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GETTING STARTED

Low bond yields bolster sharemarket

David Potts Whenever the sharemarket wobbles, remember the best way to cope is by checking out interest rates.

CELEBRITY COLLECTION

Gone Gaga for star signings

Michael Jackson.

Quirky Investments Tim Fredman's impressive collection of celebrity memorabilia is about to go under the hammer.

UNDER THE RADAR

Could Onthehouse provide a tasty morsel for REA?

Onthehouse.

Richard Hemming We don’t like Onthehouse because we think it makes sense for REA to buy it. We like it because it’s cheap.

UNDER THE RADAR

Good prospects amidst the dross

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Richard Hemming It's tough times for investors in mining services but dig deep and there are some diamonds in the rough.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The shear joy of Aussie icons

James Cockington From cup-winning silks to a champion's clippers, the salerooms have been heaving with a swathe of local heroes.

SMALL CAPS

Small, but don't toss them back

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John Collett If you know where to look, there's opportunities galore in the markets' small fry.

HOT STOCK

Time to take it to the bank

Commonwealth Bank.

Greg Smith With Commonwealth Bank shares trading at close to all-time highs, investors should consider taking some profits.

GETTING SETTLED

Renovators delight in adding value

Michael Bleby Do you renovate or not before selling? Is it smart investing or throwing money away?

TOP END

The price of luxury

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Stephen Crafti With a starting price of $5 million for a house, certain features are considered standard.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Big names at low, low prices

 

James Cockington You could pay $3.9 million for a Brett Whiteley painting. But what if you're on a slightly tighter budget?

ASK NOEL

I've quit my job, now how do I invest?

Noel Whittaker I want to sell some shares. Should I buy more, or pay off the mortgage?

Collectors torn as Harry Potter puts his stamp on US Postal Service

Harry Potter stamps have drawn  'owls of fury from American philatelists.

Lisa Rein US releases Harry Potter stamps. Experts complain he's un-American, but to no avail. Philately will get you nowhere it seems.

HOT STOCK

Carsales dominates, but it's no bargain

Hot Stock Solid market performer - up 28 per cent this year - is too pricey to tempt the prudent

GETTING SETTLED

Could you manage it all by yourself?

Alex Haddad

Sylvia Pennington Buying an investment property isn't the end of the story. You need to manage it and that can, sometimes, be very tricky.

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INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Fivefold growth for Dick Smith doesn't stack up

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Nathan Bell If Anchorage Capital successfully floats Dick Smith for $520m, its investment will have increased by five times in a year.

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.