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Penny Pryor
+ About Penny Pryor

Penny Pryor has 15 years experience in writing, reporting and editing financial services publications for both institutional and retail readers.

She is editor of the Switzer Super Report. As owner, editor and writer at Pryor Media Pty Ltd, she writes a fortnightly column in the Money Section of the Sun Herald and The Sunday Age and contributes to MoneyCircle.com, Global Investor and trade publications in the institutional superannuation space. Penny has also contributed to Boss Magazine, the Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald.

4 good ways to get travel money

Monday, January 19, 2015

Working out the right mix of foreign currency to take when you leave the country can be tricky but there are more options available now, which make it much easier for the traveler. read the full article ›
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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

Yes! Dollar down, rates down, stocks up! Yes!

Friday, January 30, 2015

It's not good for travellers but it's great for stocks! More dollar falls will help our exporters and the market is already pleased - its had six straight days of gains. 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

The leadership genie is out of the bottle

Friday, January 30, 2015

The worst thing Tony Abbott could do right now is curl up in a ball of small target populism. But if he doesn't get serious about policy reform, the "Knightmare" will only get worse. 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 anyone at BHP understand game theory?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BHP and Rio are playing a risky game and if share price movements in the two stocks are anything to go by, nobody is winning yet. 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.

A false start for rate cut expectations

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The growing calls for a reduction in interest rates may be more fuelled by FOMO (fear of missing out) than the actual data, which is actually starting to improve. read the full article ›
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Steve Price
+ About Steve Price

Steve Price has been hosting 2GB nights between 8p.m. and midnight since the end of April 2012. And Steve is this year celebrating 40 years in journalism working across radio newspapers and television.

As well as his nightly talkback program on Australia’s leading talkback station Steve is weekly regular co-host on Channel Ten’s national news program The Project and does a weekly Sydney cross every Thursday. Steve also writes a weekly column for News Limited and appears as he has for 20 years twice weekly on New Zealand breakfast radio.

Steve started as a copy-boy and cadet in Adelaide on the Adelaide News the first Australian newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch. He was the Melbourne correspondent for the Adelaide News at age 21 and shifted to the Melbourne Herald afternoon newspaper in the late seventies.

Steve stayed in print until 1987 and left as the Herald’s Deputy Editor to join Melbourne’s Radio 3AW taking over as program director in 1989 and taking on the dual role of programming and presenting the AW Drive program in 1993. Steve was recognised as Australia’s best program director, current affairs presenter and talk personality numerous times through the nineties.

In 2002 he shifted to Sydney and breakfast on 2UE presenting Drive and Mornings before Macquarie Radio convinced Steve to return to Melbourne to establish their Melbourne talk station MTR where he hosted breakfast for two years.

Steve is married to wife Wendy and has two daughters Kate and Lucy.

Tony Abbott blows up goodwill

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What the? Awarding an Australian knighthood to a British duke has not done the Prime Minister any favours and has even the staunchest of his supporters scratching their heads. 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 Chief Executive of McGrath Estate Agents, he took the company from a lounge room start-up in 1988 to one of Australia's most successful residential real estate groups, selling $10.1 billion in residential property in FY14.

A total solution company, McGrath Estate Agents currently has offices located throughout Sydney, North Coast, Central Coast, Southern Highlands, South Coast, the ACT and Queensland, as part of its growing franchise network.

In October 2008, he 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.

www.mcgrath.com.au

Have you missed the property boat?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Record prices in Sydney don't mean it's too late to get into real estate. There will still be growth and there are also some great opportunities in Queensland. read the full article ›
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Janine Perrett
+ About Janine Perrett

Janine Perrett has a distinguished 30 year career in Australian broadcasting and newspapers. In the 1980’s she worked in London and New York as a foreign correspondent for The Australian newspaper.

In the 1990’s she worked as a television reporter for the Nine Network on the Sunday and Business Sunday programs. She also founded The Small Business Show and was presenter of that program for its nine year run.

Since then she has worked as a guest presenter on ABC radio and a columnist for News Ltd and the Sydney Morning Herald.

In 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Knight fellowship at Stanford University for a year.

Today she can be seen on Sky News television where she hosts The Perrett Report each night and is a regular panelist and guest presenter on Paul Murray Live and other Sky programs.

The monkeys are running the circus

Friday, January 30, 2015

Our leaders in Canberra are doing such a good job of making fools of themselves that it's getting hard to poke fun at them! read the full article ›
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Brendon White
+ About Brendon White

Brendan White is group executive, business banking, agribusiness and financial markets and since he joined the bank in April 2012 has been diversifying BOQ’s balance sheet both by industry and geography which included developing its business banking and agribusiness capabilities.

A turnaround story for agribusiness

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Despite popular stereotypes, farmers are as good as any other business people in their ability to adapt to technological change, which means there is a lot of potential for the sector. read the full article ›
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Michael Witts
+ About Michael Witts

 

Cash rate remains at 2.5%

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The RBA has left the cash rate on hold, however in contrast to recent months, yesterday it highlighted matters that were contributing to a clouded outlook for the period ahead. 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: week beginning February 2

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Reserve Bank meets for the first time this year on Tuesday and speculation is building as to whether or not they will cut rates, with the market pricing in a 50% chance that they will. read the full article ›
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Olivia Long
+ About Olivia Long

Olivia Long is a Founder and Executive Director of Xpress Super. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer for SuperGuardian Pty Ltd, Xpress Super and PortfolioGuardian. She has had more than 16 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry predominantly in management roles and joined SuperGuardian in 2004. She studied a Bachelor of Communication (Marketing) and various courses with the Financial Services Institute of Australia. She is an active member of SPAA - The SMSF Professionals' Association Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has over 9 years experience in self-managed superannuation.

A New Year’s resolution you can keep

Monday, January 19, 2015

Forget the traditional resolutions of dieting and exercise and concentrate on your financial fitness for a change. Review your self managed superannuation fund with a particular focus on its investment strategy at this time of year. read the full article ›
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Ross Walker
+ About Ross Walker

More benefits from the Mediterranean diet

Sunday, December 28, 2014

As we head towards a new year, and in the wake of holiday feasting, there is no better time to review our eating habits and look to adapt healthier practices. read the full article ›
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