Property

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The dark art of short selling

Abacus

Nathan Bell Whatever you think of the morality, shorting stocks is a dangerous game with potentially unlimited losses.

John Collett

Local bourse will suffer if US defaults

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John Collett The picture is a worrying one for Australian investors if the impasse with the US debt ceiling is not resolved by the Thursday deadline.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

What does money mean to you?

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Marcus Padley Money is an amazing motivator; it causes us to do astonishing things. But does it make us happy?

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HOT STOCK

Boral set to cement its position

Brian Han Industry-wide gloom is masking what is a strong cyclical play with a healthy balance sheet.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Demergers let shareholders multiply by division

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Nathan Bell Demergers are back in fashion and, unlike the '90s "grunge" look, we're pleased to see them again, as there's plenty of evidence they create value for shareholders.

GETTING SETTLED

Winning start to commercial career

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Christine Long The long leases make commercial property attractive to investors.

Australia's first Holden offered for sale at $1m

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James Cockington The first Holden to be made in Australia, a prototype for what became known as the 48-215 - now referred to as the FX or Holden Humpy - is up for sale at the Motorclassica auction at Melbourne's...

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Classic cars are pulling in the bids again

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James Cockington From a Lamborghini Miura to the first Australian-made Holden an upcoming auction has a classic car for everyone.

UNDER THE RADAR

Freedom Foods share price defies logic

Richard Hemming Cereal maker has soared in the past six months, rising from just over $1 in April to $3.36 today.

Intelligent Investor

SMSFs hardest hit by flawed super tax exemption cap

Abacus

Richard Livingston If you've set up an SMSF to buy property you might be stung by the $100,000 cap on the tax exemption that applies to superannuation in the pension phaset.

GETTING SETTLED

Beware spruikers who just 'feed the chooks'

Marcus Padley Most investments you're likely to invest in in your SMSF are regulated financial products, but one of the biggest asset classes isn't. And that's property.

CROWDFUNDING

Flocks a way to golden egg

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Nina Hendy Review of the crowdfunding rules could give investors more incentive to take a small share of a start-up.

INSIGHT

Low interest encourages risk-taking - but be prepared

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Clancy Yeates If you have savings on hand, where's the best place to put the money?

WEALTH

Time to bag a bargain Irish castle

Bought for a song: Humewood Castle in Kiltegan, County Wicklow, Ireland.

Kerry Hannon American millionaires are snapping up Irish castles at knock-down prices. And they're not alone.

UNDER THE RADAR

If it's going to go off, who wouldn't want to buy an IPO?

Richard Hemming The world is in an initial public offering frenzy led by Twitter, which is seeking $US1.6billion. Australia is in the thick of it following the success of the big IPOs this year.

GETTING SETTLED

Benefits of buying interstate

Penny Pryor As capital city property markets heat up it might be time to look interstate, at areas that are yet to become the next big thing.

GETTING STARTED

Sharemarket boom with money surplus

David Potts While you weren't looking, Australia stumbled upon an investment nirvana where it's almost impossible to lose money.

UNDER THE RADAR

Good prospects amidst the dross

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mining

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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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Small fry

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