Property

ASK NOEL

The super cap is hard to shift

Noel Whittaker I would like to contribute more than the $25,000 limit into my super account. Is there a way to do it?

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.

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.

SUPER

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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Check your vinyl and you could find a small fortune

Story by: James Cockington
Photo: Ken Irwin KEN 26th September 2013 The Age. Money
Glenn Terry in his record shop,

James Cockington Rare vinyl is now a big business and some Australian records are becoming speculative investments.

UNDER THE RADAR

Sales down, stocks up: the retail conundrum

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Richard Hemming Investors can expect to see the big stores' share prices keep climbing, at least in the short term.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Preparation and diversification the key to good investing

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Richard Livingston Investing is a long game. You need to stay the course and ignore the predictions.

UNDER THE RADAR

A good investment, but has business grown too fast?

Richard Hemming Shares in iProperty have doubled in value in the past three months but some insiders say it's gone too far, too fast.

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The dark art of short selling

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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

Mel Koutchavlis outside her investment property in Redfern. Photographed Thursday 17th October 2013. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH MONEY 131017

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

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

Peter Briggs with the 1946 Holden Prototype.

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

Tim Burrows with the 1913 Hispano-Suiza that he will be selling at Melbourne classic car auction.
18th October 2013
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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.

ASK NOEL

London calling but is it a bridge too far?

Ask Noel

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

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.