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Peter Switzer
+ About Peter Switzer

Peter Switzer is one of Australia’s leading business and financial commentators, launching his own business 20 years ago. The Switzer Group has since grown into three successful companies spanning media and publishing, financial services and business coaching.

Peter is an award-winning broadcaster, twice runner-up for the Best Current Affairs Commentator award for radio, behind broadcaster Alan Jones. A former lecturer in economics at the University of NSW, Peter is currently:

  • weekly columnist for Yahoo!7 Finance
  • a regular contributor to The Australian newspaper and ABC radio
  • host of his own TV show, Switzer and Grow Your Business, on SKY News Business
  • regular host of the Super Show on 2GB radio.

Testimonials

Dear Peter, What fun! You are really very good at what you do. I appreciated our time together and wish you continued success in all you do. Have fun (I know you will).

Jack Welch, former CEO, GE, and ‘Manager of the Century’ (Fortune magazine)

Peter, It was great to have worked with you – you really made the event come alive. I hope you enjoyed yourself. I know Steve Ballmer [CEO, Microsoft Corporation] did.

John Galligan, Director of Corporate Affairs & Citizenship, Microsoft Australia

Here’s a home truth, my only real education – or teacher who I actually ever listen to – is your interviews on Qantas. So thank you with sincere respect.

Sean Ashby, Co-Founder, AussieBum

Peter did a wonderful job on the night; keeping the program moving, working around changes to the run sheet, and ensuring each award recipient, and our sponsors, were made to feel welcome and important. The feedback received from those attending has all been extremely positive.

Peter Mace, General Manager NSW, Australian Institute of Export

Peter, We would like to congratulate you for performing your master of ceremonies role in such a professional, entertaining and informative manner. We were impressed by your ability to tease out each winner’s story so that the audience gained maximum benefit from their collective business experiences.

Greg Evans and Nicolle Flint, Directors, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Hi Peter, I listened to you speak this morning and thought you were amazing. I am an accountant and in risk management and have never thought about doing a SWOT on myself – thanks for the tip!

Serife Ibrahim, Stockland Corporation Ltd

Dear Peter, Thank you for your valuable contribution to this year’s forum. Ninety-two per cent of delegates rated your presentation highly, commenting on its useful and topical content.

Catherine Batch, Head of Marketing and Communications, Indue

Peter has facilitated our CEO and CFO symposiums over the last three years. A true professional, he takes away the stresses of hosting and organising an event.

Justine Goss, Strategy Group

I feel sorry for tough job workers and pessimists!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Some of my journalist mates and those ‘expert’ investment experts, who always play the doom-and-gloom card, really need to get a life. read the full article ›
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Paul Rickard
+ About Paul Rickard

Paul Rickard has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services and banking, including 20 years with the Commonwealth Bank Group in senior leadership roles. Paul was the founding Managing Director and CEO of CommSec, and was named Australian ‘Stockbroker of the Year’ in 2005.

In 2012, Paul teamed up with Peter Switzer to launch the Switzer Super Report, a newsletter and website for the trustees of SMSFs. A regular commentator in the media, investment advisor and company director, he is also a Non-Executive Director of Tyro Payments Ltd and Property Exchange Australia Ltd.

Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulRickard17

Does TPG stand for 'too pricey for growth'?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Investors in TPG must be starting to believe it's now in the 'too pricey for growth' category, as the market smashed the share price from a high of $12.93, to yesterday’s $7.14. But has the price fall presented a buying opportunity? Find out here. read the full article ›
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Michael McCarthy
+ About Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy is chief market strategist for CMC Markets in Australia. He has over 30 years of experience in financial markets – specialising in equity trading and trader education.

3 market hurdles in the silly season

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

There's a reasonable chance of a Santa Claus rally, but the market needs to jump a few hurdles before it gets there. Here are three major events to look out for. read the full article ›
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David Bassanese
+ About David Bassanese

David Bassanese is one of Australia’s leading economic and financial market analysts, who has authored several investment books and works in a number of advisory roles.

David is Chief Economist at BetaShares, which involves providing economic and investment portfolio advice to both retail and institutional investors. David is also an economic advisor to the National Institute for Economic and Industry Research.

Prior to these roles, David was Economics Commentator with The Australian Financial Review, where is regular “Bassanese” column appeared three times per week, as well as monthly in Smart Investor Magazine.

David’s analysis and commentaries cover local and international economic trends, interest rates, the exchange rate, and share market analysis.

Prior to becoming a Fairfax business columnist in 2003, David spent several years in financial markets as a senior economist and interest rate strategist at Bankers Trust and Macquarie Bank. David started his career at the Federal Treasury in Canberra, after which he spent several years as a research economist at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France.

David has authored two e-books: The Australian ETF Guide: cheap and easy investment strategies using exchange traded funds (ETFs), and The Australian Investor’s Guide to Asset Allocation.

David has a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide, and a Master in Public Policy from the J.F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Why negative gearing is not the problem

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

These days, it's again popular to blame one culprit for killing first-home buyer aspirations: negative gearing. But there are other factors at play which are largely to blame for the lift in national house prices. read the full article ›
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John McGrath
Property Expert
+ About John McGrath

John McGrath is considered one of the most influential figures in the Australian property industry. As Founder and Executive Director of McGrath Limited, , he took McGrath Estate Agents from a lounge room start-up in 1988 to one of Australia's most successful residential real estate groups, listing McGrath Limited on the Australian Stock Exchange in November 2015.

An integrated real estate services business, McGrath today is one of the fastest growing real estate companies in Australia with a strong market presence in NSW, the ACT & Queensland, and a growing presence in Victoria.

In October 2008, John was honoured by the Real Estate Institute of NSW with the Woodrow Weight OBE Award, a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the real estate industry.

John himself has become a spokesperson for the industry both in Australia and internationally. John has five books that have reached bestseller status including “You Don’t Have To Be Born Brilliant” and “You Inc.”. In “The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate”, John shares with the reader his invaluable knowledge on the Australian property market.

John is a Director of REA Group and also the South Sydney “Rabbitohs,” which is one of his great passions.

Canberra’s remarkable price growth turnaround

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This time last year, the Canberra market was still in decline, but several factors have helped drive its remarkable turnaround in 2016. read the full article ›
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Shane Oliver
Financial Markets
+ About Shane Oliver

Shane Oliver is head of investment strategy at chief economist at AMP Capital.

What to watch over the next week

Monday, November 28, 2016

OPEC, US payrolls, the Italian Senate referendum and Australian capex data will be some of the main focus points in the week ahead. read the full article ›
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Michael Witts
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RBA holds cash rate steady at 1.50%

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

As widely expected, the RBA left interest rates on hold at its November board meeting. Have we reached the bottom of the interest rate cycle? read the full article ›
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Craig James
Economy Expert
+ About Craig James

Craig James is CommSec’s Chief Economist.

He became chief economist of Colonial Group in September 1987, before becoming chief economist at CommSec in August 2000 with the Commonwealth takeover of Colonial.

CommSec economic reports are a bit different in that they devise tools such as the ‘Mums and Dads’ share index and the iPod index, and undertake research on the weather and demographic changes to show how they affect the economy.

Craig currently does around 2-3 regular TV crosses a day, ad hoc radio and newspaper interviews and writes regular commentaries as well as presenting to staff, clients and external organisations.

Investor signposts: How fast is the economy growing?

Friday, December 02, 2016

Next week, there's a summer tsunami of economic data, with highlights including the Reserve Bank Board meeting and the latest economic growth figures. read the full article ›
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Ross Walker
+ About Ross Walker

The lowdown on Vitamin D

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Vitamin D has an important place in calcium metabolism, steroid and cholesterol production, but is there an association between low Vitamin D levels and cancer? Here's what the evidence suggests. read the full article ›
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Charles Tarbey
+ About Charles Tarbey

Charles Tarbey is the owner of Century 21 Australia (www.century21.com.au) and Century 21 New Zealand (www.century21.co.nz).

Listing property in the silly season

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The benefits of listing property during the festive season are often overlooked. Provided sellers make careful and informed decisions, there are reasons why great results are possible during this period. read the full article ›
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Margaret Lomas
+ About Margaret Lomas

Founder and Director of Destiny Financial Solutions
Past chair of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA)
Author and Television Host

Value investing for property

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Translate value investing for a share investors into the property market and the same rationality can be used to find areas with good value, and equally, those which are overvalued with little to offer in the future. read the full article ›
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Tim Lawless
+ About Tim Lawless

Tim Lawless heads up the RP Data research and analytics team, analysing real estate markets, demographics and economic trends across Australia.

Buyers stamped out of property market

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stamp duty is a large revenue source for state governments, but it can also be a substantial barrier to housing market activity. Let’s take a look at the costs of stamp duty around the country. read the full article ›
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Greville Pabst
+ About Greville Pabst

Greville Pabst is CEO and Director of WBP Property Group.

6 tips for submitting a prior offer

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

To get an edge in a competitive market, you might consider submitting a prior offer. While not always the best course of action, it can sometimes pay off. Here are six tips to follow. read the full article ›
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Adrian Sheahan
+ About Adrian Sheahan

Adrian leads the operations for Switzer Home Loans. He has over 20 years experience in the banking and finance industry and has primarily been involved in lending to the rural, commercial and residential sectors. Adrian has also owned and managed a retail business for five years and has s a Bachelor of Economics degree.

Investment properties: 4 things every lender looks for

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lenders do not like risk, so they will look very closely at the investment property you are purchasing. Here are four things that could make or break your application. read the full article ›
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Andrew Main
+ About Andrew Main

About Andrew Main

Andrew Main has spent 35 years in journalism and stockbroking, which took him from Perth to Sydney, Paris and London. He was Business Editor of The Australian between 2007 and 2009.

He was a joint winner of the Gold Walkley Award, Australia's top journalism prize, in 2003 for a series of articles on errant stockbroker Rene Rivkin's Swiss bank accounts and he has published two books, one on the collapse of HIH insurance and the other a biography of Rivkin. He had a regular spot on ABC 702 for five years in Sydney explaining the mysteries of finance to a mid-morning audience.

More recently, he has also been a regular commentator on Sky Business

Is Apollo Tourism and Leisure a buy?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Apollo Tourism and Leisure (ATL), a Brisbane-based campervan specialist that listed on November 3, is one way for investors to get exposure to the growing grey nomad market. read the full article ›
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James Dunn
+ About James Dunn

About James Dunn

James Dunn is a freelance finance journalist and media consultant. James was founding editor of Shares magazine, and formerly, the personal investment editor at The Australian.

His first book, Share Investing for Dummies, was published by John Wiley & Co. in September 2002: a second edition was published in March 2007, and a third edition was published in April 2011. There have also been two editions of the mini-version, Getting Started in Shares for Dummies.

James is also a regular finance commentator on Australian radio and television: he gives a daily finance report on Radio 3AW in Melbourne and is a weekly commentator on Sky Business.

3 ways smart beta can enhance your portfolio

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Smart beta ETFs can help investors hoping to maximise their income and minimise risk. Here are three ways smart beta can enhance your portfolio. read the full article ›
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