Property

PROPERTY

Expensive on a world scale

John Collett Australian house price rises have moderated, but are still up there.

UNDER THE RADAR

Finding gold on the scrap heaps

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miner's hats

Richard Hemming There are more opportunities to make money in sectors where the figurative baby is being thrown out with the proverbial bath water.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Writing on the wall for Westfield stock

Nathan Bell Conventional retail businesses are facing fundamental threats. Westfield Retail won't escape.

INVESTING

Tuning in to tweets for trading success

Twitter

Rosie Murray-West A variety of providers promise to harness the online chatter of friends and experts to aid profitable investing.

INVESTING

Tuning in to tweets for trading success

Rosie Murray-West A variety of providers promise to harness the online chatter of friends and experts to aid profitable investing.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Antiques with animal magnetism

The Age Animal Skin rugs for sale from Mossgreen Auctions  A tiger skin rug

approximately 120cm long from head to tip of tail

$3,000–5,000

James Cockington Last week, at an auction of the estate of a Sydney millionaire buyers snapped up animal skin rugs, a mounted zebra head and a stuffed crocodile. It's a boom times for animal artefacts.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Art hits its stride, but it's a silly walk for SMSFs

art

James Cockington The signs are that people are again buying at auctions. A Sotheby's sale of Australian art cleared more than $7.4 million. It's been a while since that has happened.

Real estate agents' tricks now open for inspection

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Pic. Gary Medlicott. Sunday Domain. Auction. Sold.
1 Trinian St. Prahran. Auctioneer Peter Bennison.

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Super

Asset allocation critical to SMSF performance

superannuation

Richard Livingston Sick of lacklustre managed super fund performance, you've taken the plunge and set up a self-managed super fund (SMSF). What's next?

UNDER THE RADAR

Don't reject retail altogether

Reject Shop.

Richard Hemming Pain on the high streets doesn't mean all retailers are struggling.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Be brave - dump the banks

Banks

Nathan Bell Forget the uniquely Australian notion that you need to own the banks. Banks aren't essential to a high-performing portfolio.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Take the bull by the horns and reap the rewards

Artist Nicole Rose and Molly Meldrum. Photo: Sonia Lewis.
angus bulls for money section weds may 8



Suzanne Carbone 
Columnist - Postcode 3000 
The Age

James Cockington Aberdeen Angus cattle are hot. Sale prices are up 16 per cent on last year, records for top steers are tumbling, and its all thanks to 'gourmet' burgers.

HOT STOCK

Mixed business helps PRG power on

Gorgon project

Brian Han Diversified earnings base makes Programmed Maintenance a good bet as the economy improves.

HOLIDAY MONEY

Foreign investments can help as the Aussie falls

Australian dollar

Richard Livingston It's important to give your portfolio some international flavour to make sure you don't have too many eggs in the Australian basket.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Buyers ready, willing for Abeles

Hawke

James Cockington The contents of a 'Mad Men' mansion once home to Sir Peter Abeles are being sold. Ashtrays are everywhere, as is leopard skin.

GETTING STARTED

Bernanke speaks and we all tremble

Ben Bernanke.

David Potts Wall Street threw a wobbly when Ben Bernanke, head of the Fed, said he might ease off with money printing next year

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Smashing result for Asian vases under the hammer

A PAIR OF WUCAI ?DRAGON AND PHOENIX? BOWLS MARKS AND PERIOD OF KANGXI

ESTIMATE $30,000-50,000, ?Sold for $195,200.

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James Cockington June is the cruellest month, at least in auction circles. Experts say they traditionally struggle to shift product at the end of the financial year. Wallets seem to open more easily in warm weather.

HOT STOCK

This roller-coaster ride is on the way up

Hot Stock Theme park operator Ardent Leisure is on moving upward.

GETTING STARTED

The curse of predicting currency fluctuations

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GENERIC- money, australian dollar, currency, economy, exchange rate.
AFR USE ONLY

David Potts Nobody can know for sure where the dollar is going, let alone when it'll get there, so getting that call right takes consummate luck.

THE CHARTIST

Sustained energy for AGL as rise threatens to power up

Rod Myer Power and gas group AGL Energy has built up some spark in its share price in recent times.