Property

THE DOLLAR

Overvalued dollar stuck in a viscous trap

David Potts The best case scenario to get our currency down is for economic growth in the US writes.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Smarts driving to lost peaks

Jeffrey Smart?s Self Portrait At Papini?s, which is being sold by Deutscher and Hackett next week. They?ve put an estimate of $700,000 ? $900,000 on it with ??realistic expectations?? that the work may reach $1 million or more.

James Cockington The million dollar mark will be tested twice next week with not one but two important Jeffrey Smart paintings up for sale, and auctioneers expecting them to sell for seven figure sums.

THE ‘HONEST’ BROKER

Lies, damned lies and share price graphics

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Marcus Padley Charts are a salesman's best friend and manipulating them is a well-worn industry practice designed to calm customers down.

GETTING SETTLED

Could you manage it all by yourself?

Alex Haddad

Sylvia Pennington Buying an investment property isn't the end of the story. You need to manage it and that can, sometimes, be very tricky.

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INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Precipice looms for some if franking rules change

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Richard Livingston If dividend imputation rules change, expect the share prices of the banks and Telstra to fall over a cliff.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Beauty from the sea

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James Cockington Beach shack chic is going mainstream with artists such as James Edwards finding a strong market for their work.

EDUCATION

Make school costs feasy peasy

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John Collett It's that time of year again, when the children return to school and - for fee-paying students - their parents learn how much they'll be expected to cough up for the privilege.

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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INSIGHT

Home prices coming off the boil

There are growing signs the housing market is beginning to cool.

Clancy Yeates Investing in property may have paid off handsomely over the last few years, but there are growing signs the market is starting to cool down.

FURNITURE

Seats of power

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Stephen Crafti The bottom line with chairs is that the designs from the 1950s to '70s are sitting pretty.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Pick through stitches in time

James Cockington Fashionistas are salivating over a sale of gems from the ''really wild, really swinging" Victoria & Albert Boutique, which opened in North Sydney in 1964

REPORTING SEASON

Caution starting to pay dividends

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David Potts The bad news was better than expected in the recent reporting season - and the good news was better still.

UNDER THE RADAR

Wading tentatively in the big pool

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Richard Hemming Small caps fared pretty well in the reporting period just gone. They' re more resilient than many believe. If they weren't, they wouldn't be in business.

UNDER THE RADAR

Confidence up at Bisalloy after tough times

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Under the Radar column Bisalloy has yet to set the investment world alight, but this could all change in the next year as it recovers from a tough 2013.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Buyers not sold on Australian art

 

James Cockington Lukewarm market for Australian art could heat up thanks to a major London exhibition.

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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Hunt on for pioneer miners' jewellery

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James Cockington In the colonial mining boom gold ornaments were specially commissioned. Very few have survived.

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.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Game changer in decision to opt for SMSF

Superannuation choices

Richard Livingston It makes sense to control your own super fund if you limit your costs to 1 per cent.