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Traumatised diggers mired in red tape, inquiry finds

MENTALLY scarred and injured soldiers have found the process of seeking financial support like entering an "almost impenetrable" maze, according to an inquiry into the suicide of a former special forces soldier who served in Afghanistan.
11yr ago

Cash-tight City Pacific again delays dividend

CITY PACIFIC has for the third time delayed the payment of its interim dividend to shareholders, fuelling fears the debt-laden Brisbane finance and property concern is running desperately low on cash.
11yr ago

Westpac, CBA ratings to hold firm

THE other two of the "Big Four" banks, Commonwealth and Westpac, are expected to raise their provisions for bad debts to cover increasing concerns about the slowing economy - but not enough to threaten their critical AA credit ratings.
11yr ago

More banks set to move on debts

COMMONWEALTH Bank and Westpac are expected to raise their provisions for bad debts to cover increasing concerns about the slowing economy but by not enough to threaten their critical AA credit ratings.
11yr ago

Courting Rio shareholders has its price

IT IS the closest thing BHP Billiton's chairman, Don Argus, could get to a fireside chat with more than 200,000 shareholders in BHP's reluctant $171 billion takeover target, Rio Tinto.
11yr ago

Argus tries to win over Rio register

IT IS the closest thing BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus could get to a fireside chat with more than 200,000 shareholders in BHP's reluctant $171 billion takeover target, Rio Tinto.
11yr ago

Telcos ready, set, awaiting go

THE starter's gun for the race to win a $4.7 billion cheque from the Federal Government to build a national broadband network could happen early next month, as bidders await crucial network information from Telstra and other telcos.
11yr ago

A finger did the erring

A TYPING error by a yet-to-be identified stockbroker wiped $20.2billion from the Australian sharemarket in seconds and sent a panic through the market.
11yr ago

Aristocrat chief did not 'jump from sinking ship'

THE outgoing Aristocrat Leisure chief executive, Paul Oneile, has rejected suggestions his departure was linked to a massive profit downgrade just a day after his resignation was announced.
11yr ago

Are we on the road to recovery?

You may be understandably concerned about the recent volatility in investment markets. So to continue to keep you informed of what's happening we provide a regular update from Hans Kunnen, Head of Investment Markets research at Colonial First State.
11yr ago

Blowin' in the windfall

What would you do with a spare $50,000? Your answer could make a big difference, writes Jenny Tabakoff.
11yr ago

Nice little earner

Financial advisers derive billions of dollars from superannuation accounts.
11yr ago

The final fine print

One of the more difficult tasks performed by members of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal is to adjudicate on the non-payment of total and permanent disability payments by insurers.
11yr ago

Ask Noel

In 2003 I bought a piece of vacant land for $90,000. I paid it off by 2007, only to then use it as collateral to buy a rental home for $135,000. I now have the home rented for $185 a week; the repayments are $230 a week. The vacant land is valued at $205,000. Should I sell it in a depressed market and pay off the $135,000 loan?
11yr ago

Intercity rivalry doesn't stop at banks - and Sydney comes out on top

There is a mischievous view doing the rounds of the banking industry that if it was not for Melbourne, the share prices of the rest of the majors would be in much better shape. For Melbourne, of course, read ANZ and National Australia Bank. So it will not be any surprise that the quip has emanated from Sydney where Commonwealth, Westpac and St George are based.
11yr ago

The Squeeze

ANZ can breathe again as credit agencies maintain the bank's rating, now the gaze is turning to Commonwealth Bank and Westpac, writes Danny John.
11yr ago

Relief for ANZ as AA rating stays

ANZ has been given a much-needed vote of confidence, with two major credit agencies maintaining its all-important double-A rating in the wake of its decision to provide an additional $1.2 billion to cover bad debts.
11yr ago

End of line for Bill Express empire

THE last remnants of the Bill Express empire have collapsed, with listed holding company On Q Group and privately owned Technology Business Systems placed in administration.
11yr ago

Murchison wins port tender

MURCHISON Metals and Japan's Mitsubishi celebrated a victory yesterday when the West Australian Government declared their Oakajee Port and Rail (OPR) group the preferred tenderer to build the $1.5 billion port needed to develop the burgeoning mid-west iron-ore province.
11yr ago

Safe as houses: ANZ wins the tick it craves so badly

ANZ Bank was yesterday given a much-needed vote of confidence by two of the major credit agencies, after they maintained its all-important double-A rating in the wake of the bank's decision to provide an additional $1.2 billion for its bad-debt cover.
11yr ago

.and another thing

GEOFF Dixon (The Age, 29/7): "We believe that everything on that aircraft was in good shape." Famous last words - almost. Gordon Bick, Cowes
11yr ago

Costs make gloom a growth crop

FARMERS and agricultural processors have turned pessimistic about the economic outlook despite predictions of a good grain crop, surveys show.
11yr ago

Asset value fall threat to property

COMMERCIAL property owners grappling with the increasing costs of borrowing from banks, triggered by the subprime lending crisis, could also be hit by falling asset prices, an economist has warned.
11yr ago

Hot stock

What's new? Last week, BHP Billiton reported strong production numbers for the three months to June 30. For the full year, annual production records were achieved for seven commodities: petroleum, copper, iron ore, manganese ore and alloy, alumina and molybdenum. Output rose in another 13 commodities, including crude oil and condensate, uranium, lead, zinc, silver and diamonds.
11yr ago

Another Rubicon nears the crossing

THE Japanese offshoot of the Rubicon real estate business yesterday joined its ASX-listed stablemates in slashing its asset valuations.
11yr ago

Eat, drink, make merry as the shares slide

A FEW guests at Friday's Million Dollar Lunch function at Crown's Palladium Ballroom quipped that not much work would be happening in Melbourne's boardrooms during the day, given the number of business heavyweights gathered at the event.
11yr ago

ACCC may shackle grocery chains

A CRIMPING of the ability of Woolworths and Coles to roll out new stores in areas where they have a strong presence is the biggest threat they face from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's grocery price inquiry, according to a retail analyst.
11yr ago

Lofty ambition royally thwarted

MIKE SMITH'S first year in charge of ANZ Bank is turning into what a slightly more regal English figure once termed an "annus horribilis".
11yr ago

Xstrata bides time as suitors size up Felix

THE obvious buyer for coalminer Felix Resources, Xstrata Coal, is understood to be sitting on the sidelines while others examine the assets of the $3.5 billion independent miner.
11yr ago

Rubicon Europe, backers in talks

THE European real estate arm of Allco Finance Group's troubled Rubicon property empire is renewing crisis talks with its financial backers after a sharp fall in the value of its asset portfolio.
11yr ago

Fairfax explores options for Southern Star

FAIRFAX MEDIA is investigating the sale of its television production unit, Southern Star, eight months after it bought the business for about $150 million to add capacity for entertainment and video content on its websites.
11yr ago

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