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Agri futures

Aug 27 2010 11:17

Meanwhile, back on the farm - a thriving trade in agri futures.

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Preference shares

Aug 27 2010 10:33

Holders get high and steady income.

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Art market

Aug 27 2010 10:07

Art prices running away.

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Private investments

Aug 27 2010 10:00

Historically returns are high.

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Hedge funds

Aug 27 2010 09:34

A properly diversified portfolio needs some exposure to hedge funds, but negative perceptions remain a problem.

Money Clinic

Overseas lotteries out of bounds

Aug 18 2010 14:47

Consumers who buy European lottery tickets with their credit cards are in contravention of foreign exchange regulations and may be liable to steep levies.


Property ETF 'perfect for beginners'

Jul 27 2010 13:39

Property index exchange-traded fund Proptrax is a cheap and easy way to gain exposure to the property market, says an analyst.


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More investors keen on Africa

Jul 26 2010 11:38

Investment interest in "frontier" African markets - particularly Nigeria and Kenya - is on the rise.


Capital growth still disappoints

Jul 27 2010 18:22

Although cash should still be seen as a "trashy" asset class, investors do not have many other places to park their money, says an analyst.


Unit trusts: the top picks

Aug 08 2010 16:30

A handful of listed companies dominate the investment portfolios of local general equity funds.


Pension billions still in limbo

Aug 19 2010 07:28

Big firms are using political connections to keep their hands on pension fund surpluses, says the head of the Financial Services Board.

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