Tuesday 31, May 2011    |   Making more of your money

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  • 8    Future investment trends

    WEALTH asked a clutch of private bankers: "What advice are you giving clients about where to invest in the next one to five years and what is your…

  • 16    Antiques as investments

    Global sales of art and antiques total about $63 billion per annum. Given the volatility of stocks and shares, are antiques becoming a viable investment?

  • 40    CLS to perfection!

    The elegance and dynamism of coupe with the comfort and functionality of a saloon: WEALTH test drives the new Mercedes Benz V8 CLS 500.

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