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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

Hey, watch out! A super war is brewing!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A superannuation war emanating out of Canberra looks likely and it centres on who runs the most popular super funds — industry funds. 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

Health insurance premiums should be falling, not rising

Thursday, February 16, 2017

It is in the health insurance industry’s best interests to keep a lid on premiums. Here's why. read the full article ›
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David Speers
+ About David Speers

David Speers is Political Editor at SKY NEWS and anchor of PM Agenda and The Nation on SKY NEWS National.

PM Agenda sees David talk to the key newsmakers and dissect what the day's events will mean. The Nation is a one hour program that allows for one of the most in-depth policy discussions on Australian television.

David is one of Australia's most respected political journalists and interviewers. He has been chosen to host every debate and forum at the last three federal elections and has interviewed a number of world leaders, including US President George W. Bush at the White House.

Between elections he is one of the busiest and best connected correspondents in Canberra.

David joined SKY NEWS as Political Editor in 2000 and has since seen the channel grow to become the home of political and national affairs coverage in Australia.

He hasn't been confined to the Press Gallery in that time, traveling extensively across the country and abroad.

David has covered the last three Presidential elections in the United States and reported from China, India, Afghanistan, Indonesia and throughout Europe.

In 2013 David was elected President of the Parliamentary Press Gallery which he joined in 1999. He is also the Director of the National Press Club and winner of more than 10 ASTRA Awards.

Prior to joining SKY NEWS, David worked as a Political Reporter for a number of radio stations in Canberra and at New South Wales Parliament in Sydney.

Follow David Speers on Twitter @David_Speers

Calls for bipartisan energy policy, but who's listening?

Friday, February 17, 2017

When it comes to energy policy, neither side of politics is paying attention to the growing consensus among business, energy and climate groups. 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.

Factors affecting portfolio performance

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When building an investment portfolio, there are a number of key choices that all investors must face. Here are some of the main ones to consider. 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.

Positive signs for economy: forget rate cuts in 2017?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In the past week, we got even more positive signs on the Aussie economy with through-the-roof business sentiment and a bullish RBA. But a few tests of this optimism remain. 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.

Is it time to fix your loan?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

In recent times, lenders have moved independently to the Reserve Bank and raised their fixed rates. So should borrowers consider fixing their loan? Let's take a look at the pros and cons. 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.

Eurozone risks to present buying opportunities

Monday, February 20, 2017

With general elections in Europe around the corner, fears of a Eurozone break up are growing. But any related market panic should provide opportunities for investors. read the full article ›
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Michael Witts
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Rate cuts off the table

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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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: Pieces of the economic puzzle

Friday, February 17, 2017

Next week, some key inputs into the calculation of economic growth will be released. Plus, the RBA takes the centre stage. Don’t miss your investor signposts for the week ahead. read the full article ›
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Ross Walker
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The dangers of overcooking your food

Thursday, February 16, 2017

For good health, it’s wise to not only think about the type of food you’re eating, but how you’re cooking it as well. 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).

4 tips for a successful property transaction

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Whether you’re buying or selling, human interactions can play an important part in achieving your property goals. Check out these four simple tips for a successful property transaction. 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

Property growth drivers

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Knowing the important difference between ‘intrinsic’ and ‘extrinsic’ growth drivers can help you find a property in an area with the right characteristics for sustained growth. 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.

Key barriers to interest rate hikes

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The latest Reserve Bank ratios on household debt relative to household income highlights one barrier to higher interest rates. Find out more. 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.

Lenders Mortgage Insurance: What you need to know

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Under certain circumstances, Lenders Mortgage Insurance can be an excellent tool to help buyers achieve their property goals. But remember to do your homework first. read the full article ›
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Michael Kodari
+ About Michael Kodari

Michael Kodari is the founder of KOSEC – Kodari Securities, and one of Australia’s prominent experts in the stock market. With a strong background in funds management and stockbroking, Michael has worked with some of Australia’s most successful value investors and consulted to leading financial institutions. Michael writes for Australia’s key financial publications and is one of the nation’s most consistent, top performing investors. He has been referred to as ‘the brightest 21st century entrepreneur in wealth management' and ‘a trailblazer within the Australian stock market’, CNBC Asia.

Decision time in Europe

Friday, February 17, 2017

On a geopolitical level, 2017 looks to be one of the most interesting in a while with a series of general elections taking place across Europe. 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

BHP bounces back to profit, boosts dividend

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Last night's earnings report revealed a turnaround for BHP Billiton, with the mining giant bouncing back to a half-year profit of $US3.2 billion. So what's behind the good news, and is it sustainable? Find out here. 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.

Combining active and passive strategies with ETFs

Thursday, January 19, 2017

While ETFs offer investors cost-effective and simple exposure to different markets, asset classes and strategies, they can also work well with traditional investment tools to help build strong portfolios. read the full article ›
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