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Bailout plan for two giant US lenders

TO AVERT a second crisis of confidence in US credit markets, the United States Government has stepped in to prop up the two mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, before the markets opened again yesterday
11yr ago

Bulls and Bears: Chris Caton on investing in 2008

BT’s Chief Economist Chris Caton has worked in financial services for more than 17 years, witnessing major events like the ’87 crash, the tech bubble and even the local banana crisis. We talked to Chris about his experiences as a long-term investor and what he thinks about investing in 2008.
11yr ago

Oil and shares - this year's Factor X

The big slump in shares from their highs in October/November last year to their lows in March this year was driven primarily by the credit crunch. However, the continued surge in the oil price has played a major role in the slump in shares since mid-May which has now taken them below their March lows.
11yr ago

GE fast to collect, slow to disperse

AT LEAST 2000 customers owed compensation by the nation's biggest consumer credit provider, GE Money, are still awaiting payment for harassment by the company's debt collection department.
11yr ago

Tough times send equity raisings into tailspin

SHAREMARKET woes lopped 17% off Australian companies' equity raisings last financial year, with data revealing a sharp divide between emerging companies struggling for a foothold and their more established rivals.
11yr ago

GE victims still wait for compo

AT LEAST 2000 customers owed compensation by Australia's biggest consumer credit provider, GE Money, are still awaiting payment for harassment by the company's debt-collection department.
11yr ago

Letters

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Common sense and the connies - why do we wait?
11yr ago

CMC Markets Weekly Report

The ASX 200 rallied to close higher into the end of the week, although unconvincing, as sellers once again emerged to stifle recovery through the 5000 level. Negative sentiment still plagues the market, especially through the financial sector.

11yr ago

Time to take the acid test

Could you deal with the unexpected? Put your financial safety net through the latest scrutiny from our sister publication, AFR Smart Investor, to find out.
11yr ago

How fixed-interest funds fare in the money trap

If you've ever taken a passing interest in share-based managed funds, you'd know there is often a big gap between the best and worst performers - particularly over shorter periods such as one year. Fund managers have different investment objectives, different investment styles, and can operate in different sections of the market. And, frankly, some are just better than others.
11yr ago

If you run with bulls, watch out for bears

Harvey Kalman is a man with a conundrum. As head of funds management with Equity Trustees he is responsible for Australia's best-performing diversified Australian share fund. But it's not something he can boast about. Over the past year the fund has lost 1.85 per cent.
11yr ago

One-stop shop to help consumers

CONSUMERS in dispute with financial service providers have a one-stop shop after the launch of the national Financial Ombudsman Service.
11yr ago

Man with long-held mineral dreams may have tapped well of riches at last

A retiring director's abiding faith in shale oil appears to have finally paid off. LANCELOT reckons most of the screen jockeys riding today's sharemarket roller-coaster were not born in 1969, so the historic moment of Leslie White stepping aside as chairman of East Coast Minerals a week ago was probably lost on them. It was the first move on the road to retirement for the 82-year-old director, who has been a tireless advocate for shale oil in his mini-stable of companies comprising Greenvale .
11yr ago

REIT investors await reporting season with dread

IT HAS been a dark week for real estate investment trusts, and the outlook is grim for months to come. Pushed to heady heights by investors who have enjoyed annual returns of 20 per cent or more for the past five years, REITs have crashed harder and faster than anyone expected.
11yr ago

Racecourses seek development bonanza

MELBOURNE'S big racetracks are turning to residential developments to shore up their financial viability, with major new building projects planned for the home of the Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup.
11yr ago

Wrap it up

Financial advisers like to push investment platforms but customers should investigate the benefits first, writes Annette Sampson.
11yr ago

Weather the storm

After this year's deluge of bad news, the regulator is flagging changes in how the performance of super funds is reported.
11yr ago

Build your balance

Phased retirement is something we will hear a lot of in the next 15 years as baby boomers hit their 60s. Recent research by Russell Investments, based on Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, shows 41 per cent of full-time workers expect to shift to part-time work before retiring, while 20 per cent don't expect to retire at all.
11yr ago

Lawyer faces 19 charges over cash

MELBOURNE lawyer Michael Brereton, who has battled five years of investigation by the Australian Crime Commission and an even longer Tax Office inquiry, now faces 19 charges brought by the Legal Services Commissioner.
11yr ago

Hold tight, this could take a while

AFTER Nic Lyons briefed analysts about GPT's decision to cut expected 2008 income by 27 per cent and its expected distributions for the calendar year by almost 31 per cent, the chief executive was asked whether the property group's strategy still worked.
11yr ago

CMC Markets Weekly Report

It was not a good week for the local market with the S&P/ASX 200 losing almost 3% or 155pts to finish the week at 5082.1 points. Friday's activity helped restore some ground with an 83 point gain after posting 4 down days. The 4 major banks all had good gains late in the week after coming under pressure earlier. ANZ, in particular, saw heavy selling trading below $17.60, but rallied later in the week to close at $19.52. BHP closed down $2.19 from the previous week's close at $40.70. Gold miners fared better on the back of a rise in the spot Gold price. Gold closed the week at US$934.50. Newcrest Mining closed the week at $29.98 up from $28.89 a week earlier. The RBA left interest rates unchanged at its July board meeting this week, as expected by the markets.

11yr ago

Happy New Financial Year?

Most investors won’t be sorry to see the back of the 2007/08 financial year. Share markets weakened all over the world, with the exception of a few emerging markets. The Australian share market is down more than 14% as I write, and will almost certainly record its worst performance in 26 years. And there wasn’t much, if any, money to be made in other asset classes. There was, in a sense, no place to hide, except in cash. For the year, even balanced funds are likely to show a negative return, and it’s been six years since we’ve seen that happen.
11yr ago

How to offset the financial impact of educating a child

Children might be a blessing but forking up the funds to finance a decent education isn't child's play. The more you have, the more expensive it gets. But perhaps the best way to think about saving for school fees is as an investment in your child's future.
11yr ago

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