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GETTING SETTLED

Don't miss the boat on low rates

Kate Jones Interest rates will only stay this low for a limited time, so make hay while the sun shines.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Focus shifts to fresh faces

 

James Cockington Photos of Sydney criminals inspired the fashion world. Now a new series of archive pictures reveal a darker side to suburban Australia.

Intelligent investor

Save your friends from financial ruin

Financial ruin

Gareth Brown There are two simple rules that can prevent disaster when dealing with a financial adviser.

GETTING STARTED

Weighing a bubble against a slump

David Potts

David Potts It'll be a good six months before the RBA even thinks about lifting interest rates. And while cheap mortgages are propping up property prices, don't expect great wonders from here on.

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INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Fivefold growth for Dick Smith doesn't stack up

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Nathan Bell If Anchorage Capital successfully floats Dick Smith for $520m, its investment will have increased by five times in a year.

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.

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.

FUNNY MONEY

Bitcoin: a digital puzzle with currency

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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.

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.

UNDER THE RADAR

Looking at new year directions

Richard Hemming What are the big themes that are likely to affect little companies next year?

GETTING STARTED

Trend finally going in right direction

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David Potts Lost in the fact that economists have been cutting their forecasts for next year is that they still expect growth to improve.

SMART INVESTOR

Make 2014 a year of expanded horizons

 

Brendan Swift Australian investors are sitting pretty as the calendar year draws to a close, thanks to stellar returns from residential property and equities.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

20 simple steps to a share trading fortune

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Marcus Padley Here, condensed into a few easy-to-digest dot points, is all you need to know about the sharemarket.

INVESTING

Classic cars and watches give best returns

Tim Burrows with the 1913 Hispano-Suiza that he will be selling at Melbourne classic car auction.
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Ben Martin For those investors able to afford them, classic cars and watches, rather than traditional stock markets, are where the most impressive returns can be found.

ASK NOEL

Share trust better than risky rental

Michael

Noel Whittaker I'm 26, with $150,000 in savings. Property in Budapest is cheap but would buying there be a good way to use my money?

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Renewed taste for risk among wealthy investors

Retailer Gerry Harvey from Harvey Norman. For cover story / interview. BRW Picture by ROB HOMER (NO CAPTION INFORMATION PROVIDED)

Katherine Jimenez Like many high net worth investors, Gerry Harvey is looking to move beyond the 'safe stuff'.

GETTING STARTED

Study big picture not bottom line

Gareth Hutchens What is the state of Australian employment? Not that great, but it's not that bad either.

Retail

Why Harvey Norman has run out of steam

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Nathan Bell This may sound like value investing heresy - I recommend you sell Harvey Norman, largely because it has a strong balance sheet and an owner manager.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Long-dated bonds help counter low rates

Matt Ryan Low interest rates make other asset classes look more attractive and drive the prices of equities and property higher.

TIME TO SELL

Your next move when share prices tumble

Barbara Drury When share prices fall, investors need a plan. Should you sell to protect your capital or hang in there and buy more?