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Crowdfunding risks and rewards

Is it time to regulate crowdfunding in Australia?

25 Jun 2014 | Should crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Pozible be compelled to offer better protections for funders?

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Carbon-free investing

Are your fossil fuel investments bound to lose value?

13 May 2014 | A new Australia Institute report warns your investment portfolio could be in peril.

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Do you need a wrap fund?

Wraps funds can be a good way to simplify your financial life, including tax preparation.

12 Oct 2012 | Choose a wrap fund that will comply with FoFA requirements, or charges fees for specific services that are clearly outlined in the agreement between you and your adviser.

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Saving for your children's education

The sooner you start saving, the better.

29 May 2012 | The cost of putting your child through school has increased by 70% over the past 10 years.

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NIB shareholder warning

Direct Share Purchasing Corporation and Hassle Free Shares offer to buy shares at below market value.

13 Aug 2009 | NIB has issued a warning to its shareholders about an offer they may receive from Hassle Free Shares.

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Investing in gold

Gold is considered a safe haven in uncertain times, but will it lose its shine?

7 May 2009 | As shares and property crashed and the world nudged closer to recession, canny investors steadily turned their attention to one of the world’s oldest asset classes – gold.

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CHOICE guide to buying shares

The plunging share market is attracting bargain hunters. CHOICE guides first-time investors through their options.

23 Mar 2009 | Despite the market hitting a five-year low, the worst may not be over, with further ups and downs likely in this volatile economic environment.

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A warranty for your investments

What is an investment warranty and does it mean your money in a mortgage trust is safe?

3 Jun 2008 | You wouldn’t buy a telly without a warranty … so why would you invest without one?

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Capital protected investments

A guarantee on your investment sounds great but it can be deceptive.

30 Apr 2008 | Experts say capital protection comes at a cost: most of your money is used for a low return/high-security investment to provide the capital guarantee.

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Wraps and master trusts

Wraps and master trusts can provide convenience and choice, but beware high fees and adviser kick-backs.

1 Mar 2008 | Wraps and master trusts dominate as one-stop-shops for accessing a wider range of investments.

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