John Collett Sydney boutique fund manager PM Capital has returned almost 63 per cent over the financial year, largely through playing the recovery in Las Vegas house prices.
John Collett Those refinancing their mortgages with large equity in their houses hold a whip hand in getting a better deal.
James Cockington Australian Football League and old Victorian Football League memorabilia from last century and the 1930s is reaching record prices, even beating cricket memorabilia prices for the first time.
SHARES AND YIELDS
Barbara Drury Australian shares hit a sweet spot last year, whipped up by investors with a taste for dividends.
David Potts Wall Street threw a wobbly when Ben Bernanke, head of the Fed, said he might ease off with money printing next year
James Cockington June is the cruellest month, at least in auction circles. Experts say they traditionally struggle to shift product at the end of the financial year. Wallets seem to open more easily in warm weather.
Hot Stock Theme park operator Ardent Leisure is on moving upward.
David Potts Nobody can know for sure where the dollar is going, let alone when it'll get there, so getting that call right takes consummate luck.
Rod Myer Power and gas group AGL Energy has built up some spark in its share price in recent times.
Nathan Bell If there's one thing company directors should do more often, apart from taking a pay cut, is to cut the pay of shareholders.
James Cockington The contents of a 'Mad Men' mansion once home to Sir Peter Abeles are being sold. Ashtrays are everywhere, as is leopard skin.
Brian Han Diversified earnings base makes Programmed Maintenance a good bet as the economy improves.
Richard Livingston It's important to give your portfolio some international flavour to make sure you don't have too many eggs in the Australian basket.
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
UNDER THE RADAR
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.
David Potts The bad news was better than expected in the recent reporting season - and the good news was better still.
Nathan Bell History shows that "common knowledge" often comes before the fall.
Nathan Bell Forget the uniquely Australian notion that you need to own the banks. Banks aren't essential to a high-performing portfolio.
James Cockington Aberdeen Angus cattle are hot. Sale prices are up 16 per cent on last year, records for top steers are tumbling, and its all thanks to 'gourmet' burgers.
Stephen Crafti The bottom line with chairs is that the designs from the 1950s to '70s are sitting pretty.