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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

Scott, what do we want? Loans. When do we want them? Now!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Banks are becoming a new breed of protectors in the ‘nanny state’ and the PM needs to get on the front foot and tell banks to do their job and lend us money! 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

4 ways to get around Bill Shorten’s retiree tax

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Can you do anything now about this tax? The answer is not much, and given the uncertainty about the change itself, it’s probably best to wait. But if you’re still worried, here are 4 actions to consider. read the full article ›
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Ross Lees
Commercial Property
+ About Ross Lees

Ross Lees is the Trust Manager for Centuria’s Industrial REIT, responsible for the REIT’s operation, performance and strategy. The REIT is Australia’s largest ASX-listed pure play industrial investment vehicle.

Ross has 14 years of industrial investment management experience, having joined Centuria from Dexus where he held senior transactional and portfolio management roles. Prior experience includes over six years at Stockland, and four years at Logos Property Australia having established and led their asset management platform.

Ross holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Business (Property Economics) from UWS.

How will Amazon affect Australian property markets?

Friday, July 13, 2018

And how should investors plan for it? 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.

Buying indigestion

Friday, December 07, 2018

Worley Parsons has suffered digestion issues but there is opportunity here. 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 have Australian stocks outperformed our global peers?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

This news may come as a surprise to some. 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.

Has Uber Eats shrunk the kitchen?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The kitchen is now the design centrepiece of our family homes, while Uber Eats shrinks the kitchens of apartment dwellers. 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.

Will interest rates rise or fall in 2019?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

We now see the RBA cutting interest rates in the year ahead. read the full article ›
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Michael Witts
+ About Michael Witts

 

Cash rate remains on hold

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The RBA left the cash rate on hold, so has anything changed in this month's statement? 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.

Wind down to Christmas begins…

Friday, December 14, 2018

The wind-down to Christmas and the New Year is underway. And while there are still a few statistical hurdles to clear before Christmas, the Christmas-New Year period is very quiet. read the full article ›
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Ross Walker
+ About Ross Walker

My 5 point plan to keep fit over Christmas.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Rather than the inevitable Christmas weight gain, the New Year’s Day hangover and the failed New Year’s resolutions, why not start 2019 differently? 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).

Don’t let tomato plants grow on your ‘For Sale’ sign

Thursday, December 13, 2018

If tomato plants have started growing up a ‘For Sale’ sign – a property has been on the market way too long and it’s time for a new agent. 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

Peanut butter & jam sandwiches

Friday, December 07, 2018

Sometimes two things previously thought incompatible can be mixed with great and even ‘yummy’ success. 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.

Will more property investors be exiting the market?

Friday, November 30, 2018

In mid-2015, investors nationally comprised a record high 55% of new mortgage demand (by value); the previous record high was at the end of the 2000-2003 property boom. read the full article ›
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Greville Pabst
+ About Greville Pabst

Greville Pabst is CEO and Director of WBP Property Group.

4 smart property purchase tips

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Property investment is one of the most lucrative assets that should generate capital growth in the long run, if you buy right. Here are 4 good tips. 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.

Prisoners on Mortgage Street

Monday, August 20, 2018

A ‘mortgage prisoner’ is someone who can’t switch funders in order to get a better home loan deal. Surely this is outrageous? 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.

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

Why don’t people ask more questions?

Thursday, December 06, 2018

When directors fail to ask rigorous questions, the scope for disaster builds and keeps building. 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.

4 stocks under $1

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Here are four stocks from the lower end of the small-cap and the micro-cap world that look to be offering decent value at present. read the full article ›
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