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GETTING STARTED

Lodes of reasons for silver's decline

Fair exchange: Silver seems to be very relatively cheap, compared to gold.

David Potts The prices of silver and gold were once closely entwined. Now the precious metals are going their separate ways.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Hero to zero; iron ore now drags chain

A generic photo of miner's hard hats hanging in a lunch room at a Northern Territory Iron Ore Mine.
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Nathan Bell Iron-related stocks are in trouble and the falling price of iron ore looks likely to hit the economy hard.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Source and story key to sale success

Lot 7. A pair of Chinese gilt-bronze Buddhist guardians. Ming Dynasty. Estimates. $40,000 to $60,000.

James Cockington When fakes and 'copies' abound, being able to establish that you have the genuine article is very important.

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.

ASSET CHECK

Investors beware of snake oil salesmen

Home owners should be wary of buying a concoction of investment risk being sold as a surefire cure for tax ailments.

Daryl Dixon No matter how good a scheme may appear, it pays to remember key investment fundamentals.

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.

GLASS DARKLY

Shady business

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Stephen Crafti Vintage sunglasses are the thing to be seen in this summer. And they can be worth a pretty penny.

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BOURIS ON MONEY

Time to get stuck in to bonds

Mark Bouris Fixed interest funds – which mostly invest in government and corporate bonds – can be a conservative way to pursue above-cash returns with a modest increase in risk.

THE ECONOMY

Dollar and market locked together

The fortunes of the dollar and that of the  sharemarket are locked together.

David Potts Whether it's the chicken or the egg coming first, the fact is the dollar and the sharemarket are moving in lockstep.

I KNOW ICON

Money in modern classics

Peter Muller's The Audette House

Stephen Crafti Iconic homes are becoming more and more desirable - especially among expat buyers dreaming of home.

Frankingly my dear, I can't credit it

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

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

A Ned's as good as a wink

Final gesture: This painting, entitled Shot, is one of the last of Nolan's works, and is expected to sell for $60,000 to $80,000, or more.

James Cockington You can pay more than $5 million for a Sidney Nolan but many of his later works, some of them spray-painted, can be had for a lot less.

BUYING TO LET

Patchy outlook for investors

Building wealth.

John Collett Record-low interest rates have been driving property prices higher. But borrowing won’t always be cheap and, if you’re thinking of buying to let, you will need to tread carefully.

Perpetual listed investment company float opens soon

Training session: Maxi-yacht Perpetual Loyal.

John Collett & David Potts Perpetual is seeking at least $150 million to float an investment company. John Collett & David Potts report

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Secrets of the millionaire next door

Door knocker

Scott Phillips Look past the European cars to those who are really rich.

Investing lesson from 'The Block'

Contestants weren't happy with the auction results.

Richard Livingston It's not that the contestants should have made more on the sale of their apartments but that they needed to pay the production company less.