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Friday, 22 January 2010
2010 promises to be a big year for many businesses as growth plans are dusted off and expansion is back on the agenda. As companies grow they will need to invest in their technology and website infrastructure. But where do you start? Is your current strategy up to scratch?
Obama has taken the big stick to the US banks, sending global markets tumbling. Are Australian banks in for the same treatment?
The global banking landscape will be transformed if the new bank rules announced overnight by US President Barack Obama are enacted.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
There is no doubt that strains are appearing in the Chinese economy, linked to asset speculation and the fact that China’s bank lending has been expanding at a much faster rate than its economy.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
The huge lift in Flight Centre profits does not just reflect an up-tick in the Australian economy, but rather good, old fashioned business strategies.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
The US President's proposed fee on banks warrants more intelligent consideration than simply the label of naked populism.
Monday, 18 January 2010
A major driver of the reshaping of our economy is the rise in bank profitability. And rather than sit back with their piles of cash, the banks are using the money to prepare for a very different market.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Despite a Chinese bid for its sugar business, CSR is pushing ahead with its demerger plans.
The US Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is tackling the 'too big to fail' issue, with the consensus view suggesting hat simple leverage was a major factor in the crisis.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Bright Food's last-minute 'expression of interest' for CSR's sugar and biofuels businesses is missing some vital ingredients.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
While the big four banks exploit their new market power, there's little Treasurer Wayne Swan can do – except, perhaps, study the mistakes of the recent past.
Friday, 08 January 2010
The Fed minutes are a reminder that central banks must wean their systems off emergency stimulus measures and that the process has to start this year – probably sooner rather than later.
Thursday, 07 January 2010
The alliance between Jetstar and AirAsia suggests the battle for low-cost carrier supremacy in the world’s fastest-growing market is entering a decisive phase.
Wednesday, 06 January 2010
It's clear from Ben Bernanke's recent comments that central bankers are still baffled by how best to deflate asset bubbles. However, the Fed chairman is correct on the causes.
Tuesday, 05 January 2010
CEO Cameron Clyne is reportedly planning to expand NAB's business in the UK. While the sharemarket would prefer the opposite, the logic for expansion at this time looks compelling.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Kevin Rudd's emissions trading plans were smothered at Copenhagen. With the CPRS now representing a pointless burden on business support for it will collapse.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
The ASX is building a significant threat to banks' strategy of consolidating and dominating wealth management in Australia by providing a cheaper, better performing alternative.
Monday, 21 December 2009
Kevin Rudd had a lot to lose at Copenhagen. Now, if he does not call a double dissolution election in the next few months there will be no emission trading in Australia next year.
Friday, 18 December 2009
Telstra and the Government are finally getting somewhere over the NBN. But round two of the battle will be complex.
Thursday, 17 December 2009
NAB stuns the financial services sector by unveiling a $4.61 billion bid for the Australian and New Zealand Assets of AXA Asia Pacific.