Property prices can be like an unexpected drought for small business

Property prices can be like an unexpected drought for small business

By that time house prices in Melbourne's inner south may have fallen further than 10.5 per cent, and the banks may have reduced the loan to value ratio from, say 85 per cent, to 70 per cent. What happens then, when the business can't get a new loan? Ask a farmer who has done well…
Peter Gregg verdict is another low for business culture

Peter Gregg verdict is another low for business culture

Gregg will return to the District Court in Sydney on January 31 for sentencing, and given he was convicted on two counts, could face up to four years in jail or fines up to $42,000. Just as with the royal commission, the Gregg case should also huge questions about the role of risk management and…
What will hit markets in 2019? Here are my five ‘black swans’ for the year.

What will hit markets in 2019? Here are my five ‘black swans’ for the...

No one really expected a bizarre, leaderless Right/Left protest movement to convulse France, or Sainsbury's to merge with Asda, or the crypto currencies to collapse in value, or that Carlos Ghosn, the boss of Renault-Nissan, would be arrested in Japan, triggering the potential unravelling of the auto industry's biggest and most powerful industrial alliance. So…
Morgan Stanley forgets Domino’s Europe disaster, touts Japan

Morgan Stanley forgets Domino’s Europe disaster, touts Japan

Domino's Pizza limps to Christmas, closing on Friday at $45.99, down 17.4 per cent from $55.68 this time last month. The market's confidence was shaken firstly by insider selling. On November 9 and 12, Domino's co-founder Grant Bourke dumped 150,000 (of his more than 1.6 million) shares for a total consideration of $7.4 million. Bear in mind…
CEO Paul Dalgleish and the collapse of RCR Tomlinson

CEO Paul Dalgleish and the collapse of RCR Tomlinson

Paul Dalgleish, the former chief executive of RCR Tomlinson, once complained that running companies was not "complex" because the commercial astuteness it required didn't "rack" the brain. In his spare time, Dalgleish preferred more lofty pursuits – such as writing a doctorate on how companies should value intellectual capital. Five years ago he told The…
How cars are taking over consumer electronics, and vice versa

How cars are taking over consumer electronics, and vice versa

LG, meanwhile, announced at this year's CES that it was partnering with Microsoft to bring the latter's artificial intelligence platform, together with its Azure cloud solution, to the automotive industry, via LG's infotainment and driving systems. Headlights communicate Microsoft's voice-enabled Virtual Assistant will be used in LG's infotainment system, allowing you to control your car…
Calls to treat Afterpay as lender as the buy-now-pay-later merchant backflips

Calls to treat Afterpay as lender as the buy-now-pay-later merchant backflips

Afterpay should be treated as a lender and should be subject to responsible lending laws, a peak consumer advocacy group has said, as the Senate prepares to look into the buy-now-pay-later sector. The call for tighter rules governing the nascent, but lucrative sector comes as it emerged Afterpay backflipped over a key regulatory issue. Only…
Propertylink launches $755m bid for Centuria Industrial REIT

Propertylink launches $755m bid for Centuria Industrial REIT

Fund manager Propertylink has launched a $755 million takeover bid for listed Centuria Industrial REIT after seizing more than 12 per cent of its register in an overnight raid. The Propertylink offer is a combination of scrip and cash, with 2.5327 of its securities and $0.33 cash for each unit in the Centuria-run fund, known…
Renewable energy is firming up as the future, but only if it’s reliable

Renewable energy is firming up as the future, but only if it’s reliable

Angus Taylor shows no reluctance to embrace his new title as the Minister for Getting Electricity Prices Down. That's a brave call in an energy market politely described as "anarchy" by Kerry Schott, chairman of the Energy Security Board. Schott was, of course, busily putting the finishing touches to the design of the National Energy…
Wenona school principal Briony Scott says girls’ schools more relevant than ever

Wenona school principal Briony Scott says girls’ schools more relevant than ever

"There is enough evidence that there is a discriminatory approach to women when they are in fact more educated than men and women have ever been. If you do look at the papers there's a pathologising of adolescents generally and particularly of young women. "It flies in the face of everything they go through. And…

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