Share Market

BUGS ARE BACK

Still lots of reasons to hold gold

John Ficenec The market price of gold might have fallen but hoarding it is approaching record levels.

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.

RESOLUTIONS

12 ways to invest better in 2014

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Richard Evans The bad habits you need to kick and the good ones you need to acquire for your finances to flourish in the New Year.

INVESTING

Classic cars and watches give best returns

Tim Burrows with the 1913 Hispano-Suiza that he will be selling at Melbourne classic car auction.
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Ben Martin For those investors able to afford them, classic cars and watches, rather than traditional stock markets, are where the most impressive returns can be found.

ASK NOEL

Share trust better than risky rental

Michael

Noel Whittaker I'm 26, with $150,000 in savings. Property in Budapest is cheap but would buying there be a good way to use my money?

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Renewed taste for risk among wealthy investors

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Katherine Jimenez Like many high net worth investors, Gerry Harvey is looking to move beyond the 'safe stuff'.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

What should your market portfolio look like?

Nathan Bell Diversification might be desirable but it's wise to let value drive your buying decisions.

WEALTH

Wolf of Wall Street: Reformed but far from sheepish

Jordan Belfort.

Katherine Rushton He's now a reformed character but Jordan Belfdort used to be the embodiment of Wall Street excess – so much so that Martin Scorsese has made a film about him.

HOLIDAY MONEY

Foreign investments can help as the Aussie falls

Australian dollar

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.

SUPER

Not a time for tax losses and capital gain

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John Collett Property investors making losses on their properties must be crossing their fingers that house prices keep rising.

HOT STOCK

Property base solid

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Brian Han Integrated real estate group Mirvac has investors excited about its focused strategy

UNDER THE RADAR

Sales down, stocks up: the retail conundrum

White goods

Richard Hemming Investors can expect to see the big stores' share prices keep climbing, at least in the short term.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Preparation and diversification the key to good investing

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Richard Livingston Investing is a long game. You need to stay the course and ignore the predictions.

HOT STOCK

Litigation proves an asset for IMF (Australia)

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Greg Smith Law suit funder offers a unique investment opportunity and with stock trading at about eight times consensus earnings-per-share estimates it's a bargain too.

GETTING STARTED

Go on, get involved - AGMs can be fun

David Potts The remuneration report is enticing shareholders to show up for the free entertainment of watching executives squirm.

UNDER THE RADAR

A good investment, but has business grown too fast?

Richard Hemming Shares in iProperty have doubled in value in the past three months but some insiders say it's gone too far, too fast.

THE CHARTIST

The bond that ties

Rod Myer The US Quantative Easing program has been so big it has changed the normal relationship between shares and bonds.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

The dark art of short selling

Abacus

Nathan Bell Whatever you think of the morality, shorting stocks is a dangerous game with potentially unlimited losses.

John Collett

Local bourse will suffer if US defaults

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John Collett The picture is a worrying one for Australian investors if the impasse with the US debt ceiling is not resolved by the Thursday deadline.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

What does money mean to you?

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Marcus Padley Money is an amazing motivator; it causes us to do astonishing things. But does it make us happy?

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