Property

BUILDING WEALTH

Auction tips from those who know

Peter Cerexhe Can you win at property auctions through superior tactics? Auctioneers of fine art, livestock and office furniture offer their tips.

EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS

Find the missing pieces of your portfolio

David Potts With a single share trade you too could own some of Apple, Facebook, Google and hundreds of other global names.

Sunday Money Data Service

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week

ASK NOEL

How can I get my home dream to fly?

Dreams of a home

Noel Whittaker I'm 23 and want to own my own home. What's my best long-term strategy?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Source and story key to sale success

Lot 7. A pair of Chinese gilt-bronze Buddhist guardians. Ming Dynasty. Estimates. $40,000 to $60,000.

James Cockington When fakes and 'copies' abound, being able to establish that you have the genuine article is very important.

ASSET CHECK

Investors beware of snake oil salesmen

Home owners should be wary of buying a concoction of investment risk being sold as a surefire cure for tax ailments.

Daryl Dixon No matter how good a scheme may appear, it pays to remember key investment fundamentals.

GLASS DARKLY

Shady business

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Stephen Crafti Vintage sunglasses are the thing to be seen in this summer. And they can be worth a pretty penny.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Money lessons from the Melbourne Cup

Harness the benefits: Learn financial lessons from the Melbourne Cup.

Scott Phillips The race that stops a nation can help you improve your financial position.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Running scared of shares has cost the cautious

Fear factor: There is a share market theory that a loss has three times the emotional impact of a gain which attempts to explain why stocks glide gently up like a hot air balloon but can plummet like stones when they come down.

Marcus Padley The GFC has left a big scar in the public's mind and many people are now highly share averse. More fool them.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Dentist a big hit with the radio set

Peter Sheridan poses with his Art Deco radio collection at his home in Elizabeth Bay.

James Cockington Sydney dentist Peter Sheridan has a collection of art deco radios that is regarded as the best in the world. So good is it that the Emir of Qatar recently offered to buy it all. Sheridan refused.

Sunday Money Data Service

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting cash to work harder

Mark Bouris You may have missed it, but on Tuesday the RBA kept interest rates on hold. Again

INSIGHT

Big banks are far from bulletproof

Clancy Yeates It's important to remember that the big four would not escape a severe economic slump unscathed.

GETTING STARTED

Ignore the banks' squeals. They can take the pain

No need to panic: So long as banks can find somebody to lend to they will be on a gravy train.

David Potts Despite their objections to the Murray inquiry there's no clear and present danger to bank profits.

Don't create a renovation disaster for your SMSF

Check first: Renovations using SMSF funds must comply with the law.

Monica Rule The law is quite strict on what you can and cannot do with properties involving SMSF funds

Discover smart ways to buy art

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Christine Long Getting a start in buying art doesn’t have to mean having the big bucks at the ready. If you’re determined, there are ways to make it accessible.

CHINA BOOM

'Mania' drives China's stock market to three-year high

Many families are taking out brokerage loans to buy stocks, raising leverage and risk.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Retail investors are driving Chinese stocks to fresh highs, and market watchers are alarmed.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

It was a pretty good year in the auction houses

James Cockington There’s a sense of cautious optimism in the auction houses as the market steadily recovers from the GFC.

UNDER THE RADAR

Asia has big appetite for soft commodities

License to grow: The China-Australia free trade agreement  underlines that food will be one of the boom industries for Australia.

Richard Hemming Asian demand has been growing for soft commodities, which include protein, namely fish, nuts, beef and dairy.