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CBA wealth exodus continues with possible Indonesian sale

29 March 2018 | Clancy Yeates

factoryCommonwealth Bank may sell its Indonesian life insurance business for hundreds of millions of dollars, as the banking industry's exodus from the lower-returning wealth management sector continues.


Dispelling lazy thinking on trade deals

22 March 2018 | Eureka Street

FactoryThe recent furore about Donald Trump's imposing of tariffs on steel, from which Australian companies have been exempted, raises an interesting question about the economics discipline. Which is better, an oxymoron or a tautology?

The oxymoron in question is 'financial deregulation'. This is a logical impossibility, because finance consists of regulations, rules. To deregulate finance is like taking the hydrogen and oxygen out of water, or the narcissism out of Donald Trump.


Fund managers to 'review' Facebook investments after data scandal

22 March 2018 | The SMH

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Large Australian shareholders, including investment giant AMP Capital, are reconsidering their investments in Facebook due to ethical concerns over the social media giant's latest privacy scandal..


Australian Bankers Association examines pitches for tax campaign

28 May 2017 | AFR

As a parliamentary inquiry into life insurance continues to hear shocking misconduct revelations and NAB became embroiled in a new scandal at the weekend, the banks' mouthpiece, the Australian Bankers' Association, has been interviewing agencies as they consider a new campaign.


Fairfax Media receives competing bid from Hellman & Friedman

17 May 2017 | AFR

Fairfax Media has received a competing bid from global private equity firm Hellman & Friedman valuing the publisher at up to $2.87 billion.

From global private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, the bid is for a range of $1.225 to $1.25 per share, compared with the TPG consortium proposal of $1.20.





World's richest lose $47b with market drop overnight

17 May 2017 | SMH

The world's richest people lost $US35 billion ($47 billion) when global equity markets were rocked overnight by political turmoil in the US, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.


Save for a home without ditching coffee

15 May 2017 | Domain

While saving for a home requires cutbacks on luxuries, which is something you’re no doubt sick of hearing, it’s definitely okay – and important even  – to have at least one thing you indulge in. Life is short after all, so it must be enjoyed!


Mining company BHP drops Billiton from name in $10m ad campaign

15 May 2017 | Guardian Australia

BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner is rebranding, changing its name back to just BHP from this week.

The company is rolling out a $10m advertising campaign that includes television ads and a new slogan, “Think Big”, to facilitate the change.


Fairfax boss Greg Hywood was paid as much as $7.2m in 2016

10 May 2017 | The Guardian

The Fairfax Media chief executive, Greg Hywood, was paid as much as $7.2m in 2016 – substantially more than the $2.74m reported by the company in its last executive pay rundown.


Fairfax Media confirms private equity bid for flagship titles

07 May 2017 | Guardian Australia

Fairfax Media has confirmed private equity company TPG Capital has made an unsolicited approach to buy its three key metro newspapers and online real estate arm Domain.

The US-based firm has put forward a proposal to buy the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Australian Financial Review, along with Domain, in a deal estimated to be worth about $2.5bn.


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