Property

HOT STOCK

Ardent bulks up with Fitness First

Greg Smith Ardent's Fitness First purchase makes the group even more attractive.

HOT STOCK

Trademe worth sticking with

Competitive advantage: Trade Me has a strong position  in the New Zealand economy.

Greg Smith The online marketplace has announced changes to their pricing model to ensure the Trade Me property portal maintains its dominant market position.

COLLECTING

For the love of grand designs

Paper treasure: Phyllis Murphy with a sampling of her wallpaper collection.

Stephen Crafti Paint is popular for interiors, but wallpaper has a timelessness about it that won over this collector.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What next for Telstra?

Tough times ahead: A changing market means Telstra will struggle to find growth.

Nathan Bell This is a business under threat as more companies are linked to the network by competitors’ fibre.

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Want big returns? Go global

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David Potts With a fall in the dollar expected, the US and Europe are the places to invest.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six good things that happen to great businesses

Going up: The six issues here are pointers to a company that will thrive in the good times and the not so good times.

Nathan Bell When it comes to investing in the sharemarket, solidly dependable companies are an important cornerstone of that strategy.

UNDER THE RADAR

Yowie to break into US market

Going global: Yowie will be stocked by a US convenience chain from August.

Richard Hemming The size of the North American market means CEO Wayne Loxton's plans for growth look promising.

INVESTING

Low interest rates a boost to shares

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Daryl Dixon As the US sharemarket hits its straps, local shares are not proving nearly so buoyant.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Modernist furniture goes boom

 

James Cockington Mid-century collectables have been doing extremely well at auction over the past decade.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Spread yourself out, but not too thinly

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Hand-woven indigenous bowl, $140 and African soapstone eggs, $7 large , $5 small from Juliet Horsley

Richard Livingston Diversification is about minimising the impact of luck and improving the odds of getting an outcome closer to what you expect.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Plenty to see in doctors' golden horde

Lot 534: Norman Lindsay - The Introduction. The Cammack Collection.

James Cockington At 99, Dr Bill Cammack has decided to sell the hundreds of artworks he and his wife collected over more than 60 years.

Seeing value in art glass

Stephen Crafti Unlike fine crystal brought out for special occasions, art glass is made by hand and displayed like fine art.

DOLLAR DAZZLER

Why the dollar is defying the Reserve Bank

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Don’t tell anyone, but our dollar has actually risen in value since the Reserve’s last rate cut.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Art attracts some smart money

Contemporary performer: Jeffrey Smart's Antibes (1965) sold for $536,800.

James Cockington If fine art sales are an economic barometer, then good times may be ahead.

HOT STOCK

Investor appetite for Sunland is building

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Sunland is looking attractive to investors.

Greg Smith Strength in the property market, especially in Queensland is good news for listed developer.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Silver a good investment for collectors

Quirky investments June 25

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Silver Gilt Egg
with textured exterior surface and polished band, opening to reveal a fisherman with a marlin on a line, set on green enamel base, hallmarked, number 143

SOLD FOR $384 including Buyer's Premium

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James Cockington The precious metal is being increasingly seen as more than gold's poor relation.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six questions for your financial planner

Compromised? Ask the right questions to see whether you're getting independent advice.

John Addis OPINION Most investors need reliable financial advice. The problem is in finding it.

HOT STOCK

Get some skin in the chicken game with KFC owner

Greg Smith Given the healthy outlook for growth and a fully franked dividend, Collins Foods is well worth looking at.

INVESTING

Share sizzle going to a simmer

Share sizzle going to a simmer.

John Collett Investor returns have been spectacular for the past two years. But fund managers say the new financial year won't burn so brightly.

UNDER THE RADAR

Reckon? It looks like a good punt

Looking up: Reckon’s shares are bouncing back.

Richard Hemming Accounting software specialist Reckon is walking the walk when it comes to its online product suite.