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UNDER THE RADAR

Technology can deliver big returns

Marcus Padley Small caps are all about leverage. When you are small, you get a bigger bang for your buck, and nowhere is this more the case than in technology.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to profit from small stocks

Smaller stocks

Nathan Bell It's much harder to make money from minnows - but it's possible if you're prepared to be prudent.

REAL ESTATE

Not everyone is a winner

Penny Pryor dinkus.

Penny Pryor Auction clearance rates are rising, but amid the bidding frenzy, finding good advice on valuations is key.

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.

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Noel Whittaker What's the best pension plan with a big mortgage but a bad history of handling lump sums?

FUNNY MONEY

Bitcoin: a digital puzzle with currency

Bitcoin

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.

EDUCATION

Make school costs feasy peasy

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John Collett It's that time of year again, when the children return to school and - for fee-paying students - their parents learn how much they'll be expected to cough up for the privilege.

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

Balloon

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

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

Mortgage discounts can cost you in the end.

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.

HOT STOCK

Litigation funder steps up growth

Greg Smith We regard commercial litigation funder Bentham IMF as an interesting opportunity.

INVESTING

The head now rules the art

When it comes to investing through self-managed super, the head now rules the art.

Quirky Investments There's been a noticeable decline in people using self-managed super to splurge on art works and antiques.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Self-managed funds no walk in wonderland

John Addis Advisory websites sell self-managed super funds as tax benefit nirvana, offering the chance to ''boost your returns''.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The investing seminar stitch-up

There's one sure-fire way to get poor financial advice.

Richard Livingston Forget the banks: there's one sure-fire way to get poor financial advice.

WHERE TO INVEST

The ABC of investing

The ABCs of investing.

You didn't need the budget to tell you that you are on your own, although a reminder every now and then never goes astray.

Full-service brokers: we're worth every cent

Marcus Padley Try getting your personal financial issues sorted by a 20-year-old at a call centre - then you'll see why you're paying $19.95 a trade.