Property

Deflating speculation on the property bubble

David Potts Home prices will halve over the next few years, says the only forecaster to have predicted both the record sharemarket run to 2007 as well as the subsequent GFC. And that was in 1993.

Gloomy property outlook

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon THE champagne tasted a little sweeter this Melbourne Cup, thanks to the Reserve Bank's line-ball decision to reduce interest rates.

Smart ways to climb the property ladder

Emma Challands.

Penny Pryor Project engineer Emma Challands would like to be in a position to retire before 40.

Rental gains raise property hopes

Real estate

Chris Zappone SLUMPING home prices and persistently poor housing affordability helped lift quarterly rent yields for the first time in nine months, raising hopes for an improved real estate market this year.

Property investing: cash towers over trusts

Yarra River and Melbourne skyline

Carolyn Cummins The virtues of investing directly into property by asset acquisitions or indirectly through real estate investment trusts have been brought to the fore.

Seeing value in art glass

Stephen Crafti Unlike fine crystal brought out for special occasions, art glass is made by hand and displayed like fine art.

HOT STOCK

Get some skin in the chicken game with KFC owner

Greg Smith Given the healthy outlook for growth and a fully franked dividend, Collins Foods is well worth looking at.

UNDER THE RADAR

Reckon? It looks like a good punt

Looking up: Reckon’s shares are bouncing back.

Richard Hemming Accounting software specialist Reckon is walking the walk when it comes to its online product suite.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

High flyer explores his passion for pottery

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James Cockington Kevin Power has a new passion - the pottery of Tasmanian master cratsman John Campbell.

MARKETS

Prospects good for share investors

Daryl Dixon While the hunt for yield has definitely boosted share prices, the prospects for investors remain good.

DOLLAR DAZZLER

Why the dollar is defying the Reserve Bank

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Don’t tell anyone, but our dollar has actually risen in value since the Reserve’s last rate cut.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Art attracts some smart money

Contemporary performer: Jeffrey Smart's Antibes (1965) sold for $536,800.

James Cockington If fine art sales are an economic barometer, then good times may be ahead.

HOT STOCK

Investor appetite for Sunland is building

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Sunland is looking attractive to investors.

Greg Smith Strength in the property market, especially in Queensland is good news for listed developer.

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Want big returns? Go global

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David Potts With a fall in the dollar expected, the US and Europe are the places to invest.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Modernist furniture goes boom

 

James Cockington Mid-century collectables have been doing extremely well at auction over the past decade.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six good things that happen to great businesses

Going up: The six issues here are pointers to a company that will thrive in the good times and the not so good times.

Nathan Bell When it comes to investing in the sharemarket, solidly dependable companies are an important cornerstone of that strategy.

UNDER THE RADAR

Yowie to break into US market

Going global: Yowie will be stocked by a US convenience chain from August.

Richard Hemming The size of the North American market means CEO Wayne Loxton's plans for growth look promising.

INVESTING

Low interest rates a boost to shares

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Daryl Dixon As the US sharemarket hits its straps, local shares are not proving nearly so buoyant.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Spread yourself out, but not too thinly

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Hand-woven indigenous bowl, $140 and African soapstone eggs, $7 large , $5 small from Juliet Horsley

Richard Livingston Diversification is about minimising the impact of luck and improving the odds of getting an outcome closer to what you expect.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Before you buy stocks check out why they are being sold

Care bear: Making the bear case before you buy is crucial.

Nathan Bell