Property

Time to bale out of the banks

big four banks

Nathan Bell In this environment, look for stocks that should provide satisfactory returns over the long-term.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Tell 'em they're dreaming

Lot 15
Timmy Payungka Tjapangati

circa 1942-2000

CORROBOREE (1972)

natural earth pigments and bondcrete on composition board

60 X 44CM

ESTIMATE $30,000-40,000

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James Cockington After a post-GFC slump, the market for Indigenous art is poised to rebound. But there are still bargains to be had.

INVESTING

Share ownership lowest since 2000

Sharemarket

Gareth Hutchens The number of Australians directly owning shares fell to the lowest level in more than a decade as the global finance crisis has sapped investor confidence and crimped returns.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Exposure appeals as recession looms

Pedestrians are silhouetted on a Tokyo street Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Japan's unemployment rate rose to 5.2 percent in May - the highest level in more than five years, the government said Tuesday. The country's jobless rate worsened from 5.0 percent in April, suggesting that while Japanese companies may be starting to recover, their workers face growing insecurity about jobs. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

David Llewellyn-Smith With Australia possibly on the verge of a recession, what stocks are the ones to choose?

INSIGHT

Budget Special: Forecasts fall short

Clancy Yeates Making iron-clad promises about future events can be a dangerous thing - just ask Wayne Swan.

INSURANCE

Holiday disasters: sun, sex and pig heads

SUN HERALD BRISBANE--Start of Schoolies on the Gold Coast Saturday 22nd November,  2008. (Photo/Steve Holland)

William Clarke If you're considering buying a beach shack and renting it out beware - your guests could be pigs.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Market blossoms for original Apples

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs with Apple I. Photo by Joe Melena 1976. This is a black and white image of Steve Wozniak, left, and Steve Jobs, right, with the Apple I computer. Steve Wozniak is looking down at the Apple I motherboard while Steve Jobs is looking at the camera. The screen display has text that reads several lines are repeated on the screen.

Steve Lohr An original Apple-1 computer sold for $640,000 last year. An auction tomorrow could see that record beaten.

PROPERTY

Expensive on a world scale

jo gay

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

UNDER THE RADAR

Finding gold on the scrap heaps

AFR USE FIRST PLEASE.  MINING  AFR FIRST USE!!!!! PHOTOGRAPH BY NIC WALKER. 
ZINC MINE Allegiance Mining Zeehan TASMANIA. RESOURCES, MINER. SPECIALX 00075904
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

Generic property auction, real estate agent, auctioneer, buying a house
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Pic. Gary Medlicott. Sunday Domain. Auction. Sold.
1 Trinian St. Prahran. Auctioneer Peter Bennison.

Insider spills the beans on turns of phrase that are perhaps "in need of updating''.

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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.