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Activists' super weapon

Where is your money being invested? The Wilderness Society plan has a variety of high-emitting industries in its sights.
11yr ago

Letters

NICK Low and Bill Russell remind us that "Melburnians want a better rail system" (Comment & Debate, 22/7) and Paul Kehoe (Letters, 22/7), repeating the myth that services used to be "better" in the past, joins the many who ask why trains are not more frequent.
11yr ago

Hot Stock

What's new? Classic economics, Adam Smith-style, says the price of any product is the combination of the cost of labour, the rent on the land to produce the product and a return on capital employed. Of the three, land is the lowest returning asset, although some wage-earners would dispute this.
11yr ago

Tax victory for Macquarie head

THE non-executive chairman of Macquarie Group, David Clarke, has won a legal battle over a hefty tax bill he incurred after he got the bank to bail out his favourite football code.
11yr ago

O'Hoy out as Foster's moves on

SIX weeks after handing in his resignation at troubled beer and wine giant Foster's Group, chief executive Trevor O'Hoy has been shown the door by chairman David Crawford. Mr Crawford has persuaded former Cadbury confectionery chief Ian Johnston, who only joined the Foster's board as a non-executive director in September, to come out of retirement and help run the group as acting chief executive.
11yr ago

Alumina on shelf - for how long?

ALCOA chairman Alain Belda is getting on in years. The 40-year company man has turned 65 and if his thoughts haven't turned to retirement, there are many others doing it for him.
11yr ago

Suburban golf club land suits developers to a tee

CARA Beed, like so many Melburnians, appreciates the open space and greenery a park, oval or golf course affords - so much so that she decided decided to buy a house near the Eastern Golf Club.
11yr ago

When will this end?

The Australian share market has recorded its ninth successive down week. The second half of the year is beginning in remarkably similar fashion to the first half. Three weeks into the calendar year the ASX200 had fallen by 22% from its most recent high six weeks earlier. Right now, the index has fallen by 19% from its most recent high two months ago.
11yr ago

No need for panic

Be alert but not alarmed. Now is not the time for unreasonable pessimism.
11yr ago

Big Brother denies staff rip-off plan

THE makers of reality-television series Big Brother have dismissed allegations they planned to cheat production staff out of their entitlements after the show was axed.
11yr ago

Octaviar boss says accept deal or he'll liquidate

THE chief executive of embattled property group Octaviar has thrown down the gauntlet to creditors owed more than $1 billion by threatening to place the crumbling empire in liquidation if they do not support a payout of 22.5? in the dollar.
11yr ago

B&B Power sells third station to ease debt

TROUBLED energy generator Babcock & Brown Power yesterday moved a step closer to lifting the cloud of short-term debt hanging over its operations by agreeing to sell its third power station in a fortnight.
11yr ago

Institutions sink Hegarty's payout

INSTITUTIONAL shareholders have blocked a planned $10.66million "early termination" payment to Oxiana's founding managing director Owen Hegarty, the man credited with turning it from a penny dreadful in 1994 into Australia's third-biggest diversified resources group.
11yr ago

GPT's hotels portfolio on the block

GPT has moved to shore up its balance sheet with the sale of its hotels division, worth about $900 million, but analysts said this could be a tough ask, given the weak state of the local tourism market, as well as difficulties in borrowing amid the credit crisis.
11yr ago

Policy change hits health-care cards

THE negative impact of a policy change in this year's federal budget keeps broadening. From July 1 next year, tax-exempt superannuation pensions will be counted not only for the super co-contribution and Centrelink benefits, but when assessing a person's entitlement to health-care cards.
11yr ago

Super survey surprise

MOST Australians do not understand that the decline of sharemarkets could reduce their superannuation account balance, according to a new survey. A survey of 1000 people by investment firm Mercer found 72% expected their super balance to be higher on their next statement despite deepening market turmoil and fears of a banking crisis.
11yr ago

Dignity, loyalty and drama

Lindsay Thompson was a dedicated family man and a much-admired politician. His life was also prone to extraordinary outbreaks of drama, writes Victoria Peel.
11yr ago

CMC Markets Weekly Report

The Australian Stock Market suffered another losing week, with the S&P/ASX 200 giving up 139.5 points to close the week at 4840.4. The market has now ended in the red for nine consecutive weeks. The Dow Jones Index rose more than 200 points on Thursday night despite the fact that Merrills, Microsoft and Google all released forecasts that fell short of analyst's targets. Citigroup reported a smaller than expected second-quarter loss on Friday, helping the Dow Jones to rise nearly 50 points. Softer Commodity Prices helped push Rio and BHP lower as Oil and Gold both retreated from their highs.

11yr ago

Superannuation returns in perspective

Jitters about the effects of market movements on superannuation are only natural, but should you really be worried? Recent headlines like “Super fund returns worst for 20 years”1 highlight the effects market movements have on short-term super performance.
11yr ago

Hot stock

What's new? We hear so much about the need to create competitive goods-and-services markets. Competitive labour markets are crucial to keeping wages and therefore inflation down. But where's the competition at the executive end of the labour market? The answer is that it's non-existent. Rising executive wages and poor performance attest to it.
11yr ago

Spin fails reality test

Have you noticed that every second advertisement for retirement investment advice features the same couple: fit, good-looking, smiling broadly as they holiday in the lap of luxury.
11yr ago

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

New rail tunnel may be privatised

A NEW $7 billion rail tunnel for Melbourne could be privatised under funding options being considered by the State Government and supported by public transport group Metlink.
11yr ago

New rail tunnel may be privatised

A PROPOSED $7 billion rail tunnel from Footscray to Caulfield could be privatised under funding options being considered by the Brumby Government and being backed by Metlink, the body that promotes Melbourne's public transport operations.
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

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