Residential Property

Seeing value in art glass

Stephen Crafti Unlike fine crystal brought out for special occasions, art glass is made by hand and displayed like fine art.

HOT STOCK

Get some skin in the chicken game with KFC owner

Greg Smith Given the healthy outlook for growth and a fully franked dividend, Collins Foods is well worth looking at.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

High flyer explores his passion for pottery

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

MARKETS

Prospects good for share investors

Daryl Dixon While the hunt for yield has definitely boosted share prices, the prospects for investors remain good.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Art attracts some smart money

Contemporary performer: Jeffrey Smart's Antibes (1965) sold for $536,800.

James Cockington If fine art sales are an economic barometer, then good times may be ahead.

UNDER THE RADAR

Property player hopes to exploit agent anger

Competition: The online market for 'eyeballs' in real estate is heating up.

Richard Hemming Online competitor Onthehouse is attracting 'eyeballs', because it offers data on properties which aren't listed.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Modernist furniture goes boom

 

James Cockington Mid-century collectables have been doing extremely well at auction over the past decade.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Spread yourself out, but not too thinly

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Hand-woven indigenous bowl, $140 and African soapstone eggs, $7 large , $5 small from Juliet Horsley

Richard Livingston Diversification is about minimising the impact of luck and improving the odds of getting an outcome closer to what you expect.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Before you buy stocks check out why they are being sold

Care bear: Making the bear case before you buy is crucial.

Nathan Bell  

COLLECTING

Architect Phyllis Murphy - a love affair with wallpaper

Paper treasure: Phyllis Murphy with a sampling of her wallpaper collection.

Stephen Crafti  Paint is popular for interiors, but wallpaper has a timelessness about it that won over this collector.

FRAUD

Art fraudsters find fresh ways to trap unwary

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Jasper Copping If you are an art enthusiast tempted to splash out on an apparent bargain, you might want to think again.

ASK NOEL

Share trust better than risky rental

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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?

GETTING STARTED

Study big picture not bottom line

Gareth Hutchens What is the state of Australian employment? Not that great, but it's not that bad either.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Beauty from the sea

James Cockington Beach shack chic is going mainstream with artists such as James Edwards finding a strong market for their work.

ASK NOEL

Bigger lump sum or decent pension?

Noel Whittaker What's the best pension plan with a big mortgage but a bad history of handling lump sums?

PROPERTY

Big lives in small spaces

High demand for accommodation is fuelling the trend in Sydney and Melbourne.

Stephen Crafti Rising property prices are leaving many people opting for apartments - some barely bigger than hotel rooms.

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Bank valuations defy China risks

Nathan Bell Bank investors facing a stark reality: either Chinese banks are a bargain or Australian bank shareholders need to prepare for tougher times.

INVESTING

Seven wonders of the investing world

Big oil: Shale oil is transforming the US economy.

Where will money be made in the longer term? David Potts tells all.

INVESTMENT PROPERTY

Rising rates threaten negative gearing party

The number of debt-laden landlords is growing.

Clancy Yeates As the typical house price rises, so does the number of debt-laden landlords.

PROPERTY

Patience suggested as property sales rush eases

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Penny Pryor It's a time for wait-and-see, especially for first-home buyers - your net wealth will thank you.