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QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Big names at low, low prices

 

James Cockington You could pay $3.9 million for a Brett Whiteley painting. But what if you're on a slightly tighter budget?

Collectors torn as Harry Potter puts his stamp on US Postal Service

Harry Potter stamps have drawn  'owls of fury from American philatelists.

Lisa Rein US releases Harry Potter stamps. Experts complain he's un-American, but to no avail. Philately will get you nowhere it seems.

HOT STOCK

Carsales dominates, but it's no bargain

Hot Stock Solid market performer - up 28 per cent this year - is too pricey to tempt the prudent

UNDER THE RADAR

Asset price rises lead to recovery in consumer spending

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Richard Hemming Fund managers are piling into property developers and financial services companies to benefit from what they see as the reappearance of the "wealth effect" in the Australian economy, after a hiatus...

GOLD

Smart money pulls bullion out of the soup

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David Potts The more dollar bills the US prints the higher almost everything but gold goes.

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The price of luxury

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Stephen Crafti With a starting price of $5 million for a house, certain features are considered standard.

ASK NOEL

I've quit my job, now how do I invest?

Noel Whittaker I want to sell some shares. Should I buy more, or pay off the mortgage?

GETTING SETTLED

Don't miss the boat on low rates

Kate Jones Interest rates will only stay this low for a limited time, so make hay while the sun shines.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Focus shifts to fresh faces

 

James Cockington Photos of Sydney criminals inspired the fashion world. Now a new series of archive pictures reveal a darker side to suburban Australia.

Intelligent investor

Save your friends from financial ruin

Financial ruin

Gareth Brown There are two simple rules that can prevent disaster when dealing with a financial adviser.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Fivefold growth for Dick Smith doesn't stack up

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Nathan Bell If Anchorage Capital successfully floats Dick Smith for $520m, its investment will have increased by five times in a year.

UNDER THE RADAR

Ageing boomers point the way for 2014

Richard Hemming What will be the main drivers of the small caps market in 2014? We asked the experts.

ASK NOEL

London calling but is it a bridge too far?

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Noel Whittaker We want to sell our share portfolio, borrow $100,000 and buy a property in London for our children.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Chinese whispers

TOP RESULTS from the Mossgreen auction of Asian Art, 19 November 2013,Melbourne.
Lot 188. A fine and rare Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of a crowned Buddha ,14th/15th century. Estimates $20,000 to $30,000. Sold for $170,800 IBP.

Lot 62. A very large Chinese enamelled hundred deer vase, 20th century.Estimates $5,000 to $8,000. Sold for $26,840 IBP
.Lot 92. A massive pair of carved Chinese ivory tusks, Qing Dynasty, 19thcentury. stimates $40,000 to $60,000. Sold for $67,100 IBP.

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James Cockington Last month marked the return of cashed-up Chinese buyers to the Australian auction scene, and auctioneers are jumping for joy.

UNDER THE RADAR

Looking at new year directions

Richard Hemming What are the big themes that are likely to affect little companies next year?

GETTING STARTED

Trend finally going in right direction

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David Potts Lost in the fact that economists have been cutting their forecasts for next year is that they still expect growth to improve.

SMART INVESTOR

Make 2014 a year of expanded horizons

 

Brendan Swift Australian investors are sitting pretty as the calendar year draws to a close, thanks to stellar returns from residential property and equities.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

20 simple steps to a share trading fortune

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Marcus Padley Here, condensed into a few easy-to-digest dot points, is all you need to know about the sharemarket.

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.

FUNNY MONEY

Bitcoin: a digital puzzle with currency

Andrew Tangel and Chris O'Brien Though still far from the mainstream and too complex for the average consumer, Bitcoin has grown well past its roots as the plaything of anarchists and hackers.