Property

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

High flyer explores his passion for pottery

Caption here

James Cockington Kevin Power has a new passion - the pottery of Tasmanian master cratsman John Campbell.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Silver a good investment for collectors

Quirky investments June 25

lots 653_1, 653_2, and 653_3 refer to:
Stuart Devlin, London 1985

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

653_1.jpg

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.

GETTING STARTED

Starting your own business could be the best investment of all

Melissa Browne The financial reward of your own business is worth considering when deciding how to grow your money.

ASK NOEL

Get parents' help to buy shares

Noel Whittaker I'm in Year 12 and have saved 75 per cent of my earnings for the past three years. Should I buy shares?

THE 'HONEST BROKER'

Face it: you are never going to be Warren Buffett

Investors' idol: Warren Buffet has a level of stock-picking skill others can only dream of.

Marcus Padley There are numerous ways to approach the glorious game of stock picking, but there is no Holy Grail.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The dirty washing of franking credits

Kerry Packer.

Richard Livingston Kerry Packer wasn't shy about minimising his tax obligations, but it's doubtful he would have become a 'dividend washer'.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Would you invest $5000 in a parcel tag?

Parcel tag

James Cockington The largest collection of this extremely niche asset class has just gone under the hammer with blow-your-mind results.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

How to profit from small stocks

Smaller stocks

Nathan Bell It's much harder to make money from minnows - but it's possible if you're prepared to be prudent.

REAL ESTATE

Not everyone is a winner

Penny Pryor dinkus.

Penny Pryor Auction clearance rates are rising, but amid the bidding frenzy, finding good advice on valuations is key.

GETTING STARTED

No rewards for plunging into risky shares

David Potts Research finds there's no compensation for risk in equity markets.

THE HONEST BROKER

Stocks go up like a balloon, down like a rocket

Balloon

Marcus Padley It takes time for markets to build value and confidence, but this can be destroyed in a heartbeat.

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.

INVESTING

Government should act on high-frequency trading

asx

Richard Livingston A new book means all the world is talking about HFT - everyone it seems but the people who should be talking about it.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Digging for bargains in the rubble

Nathan Bell Four filters to help you spot mining services stocks with potential.

DIVIDENDS

Bank dividends are too good to be true

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Chasing bank dividends has been a strategy that has paid in spades.

INVESTING

Discounts can cost you in the end

Mortgage discounts can cost you in the end.

Mark Bouris When it comes to finance, divide your attention between what you can and can't control.

INVESTING

Mixing it up key to success

Penny Pryor dinkus.

Penny Pryor Spread the risks, and always understand what you are investing in.

HOT STOCK

Litigation funder steps up growth

Greg Smith We regard commercial litigation funder Bentham IMF as an interesting opportunity.

INVESTING

The head now rules the art

When it comes to investing through self-managed super, the head now rules the art.

Quirky Investments There's been a noticeable decline in people using self-managed super to splurge on art works and antiques.