Property

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

You might think you have a choice, but . . .

All sorts: There maybe lots of lollies to choose from but you won't be offered all of them.

Marcus Padley There are a many products a financial planner could sell you but only a few which they will.

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.

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Frankingly my dear, I can't credit it

David Potts The drums are beating louder against one of the best tax breaks ever invented.

SHARES RACE

Dartboard shoots ahead while others crash and burn

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David Potts The dartboard is on fire, so just as well its best stock specialises in fireproof fabrics.

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COLLECTING

Wind me up and watch me go

Solicitor Andrew McGregor and some of his vintage tin toys.

Stephen Crafti They were made to amuse children but many adults will pay silly money for vintage tin toys.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Gallipoli sales set to spike

Lot 59: An eyewitness watercolour by Norman Wilkinson, Landing at 'A' Beach, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, 7th August 1915. Sold for $9,600.

James Cockington Next year sees the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings. If recent weeks are a guide, prices for Gallipoli memorabilia will soar.

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SHORT CHANGE

CareSuper and Crowe Horwath join forces to help DIY fund closures

Four real men bravely pose as underwear models.

Davids Potts CareSuper and Crowe Horwath join forces to help DIY fund closures.

UNDER THE RADAR

Charting Servcorp's impressive turnaround

Confidence: Marcus Moufarrige and Alf Moufarrige of Servcorp at the office in Sydney.

Richard Hemming Can this family-run company keep going and make the transition from small-cap to mid-cap to big-cap?

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.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Collectors hunt for old Australian harmonicas

Key item: Magpie harmonicas were released by Macrow's of Melbourne.

James Cockington Tin sandwiches are worth more than a song these days.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Before you buy stocks check out why they are being sold

Care bear: Making the bear case before you buy is crucial.

Nathan Bell We’ve all become excited about a company after too little research. We’ve told ourselves the stock is set to double – nay, triple – once the market understands it.

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.

SHARES RACE

Shares race: dartboard takes lead in four-week race

David Potts Random picks by the dartboard were the best result after the first week of a month-long shares race.

There's more to come from CBA after record profit

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David Potts If the Commonwealth Bank can make $8.7 billion, what it could do in better times?

HOT STOCK

Ardent bulks up with Fitness First

Gym takeover: Ardent Leisure is expanding its fitness footprint.

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