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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

Dow drops 300 points! Time to panic?

Friday, August 01, 2014

by Peter Switzer The Dow has shed 300 points, so is this the overdue correction that I have found impossible to let go of? Recall, I have argued that it would be a buying opportunity, but I couldn't see it happening until: Janet Yellen was talking about an interest rate rise for the USA, or the market was thinking that Janet has to be close to talking about a rate rise, or there’s a cursed black swan, which is code for an unexpected left-field event. Looking at the suspects behind this big drop of the Dow, there’s a bit of European economic weakness, which should not be a surprise, but a stronger read on the Employment Cost Index has rattled some experts who are thinking that higher labour costs could hurt profits and that then hits share prices. It has then got 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 Chief Executive of McGrath Estate Agents, he took the company from a start-up in 1988 to one of Australia's most successful residential real estate groups, selling $5.7 billion in residential property in Sydney in FY11.

A total solution company, McGrath Estate Agents currently has offices located throughout Sydney, the Central and North Coasts, Southern Highlands, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Gungahlin (ACT) and the Gold Coast (QLD), 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.johnmcgrathblog.com.au

Foreign ownership debate

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

by John McGrath There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the impact of foreign buying on Australian real estate – specifically whether foreigners are pushing up prices and also making it too hard for young Australians to buy their first homes. There’s a federal parliamentary inquiry happening now and various submissions from authorities such as the Reserve Bank and the Federal Treasury reflect the same thing real estate agents are seeing on the ground today. While the amount of foreign buying has increased significantly over the past couple of years, it remains a small portion of overall real estate transactions. Foreign buyers are pushing up prices to an extent in certain pockets – but not to an unsustainable level. As is the case with any sale where you...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.

You’ve come a long way, baby

Friday, July 18, 2014

Janine Perrett As they say – a week is a long time in politics. So yesterday it was kudos for Tony Abbott in finally honouring his main election promise to axe the carbon tax. So where do we go from here?? Firstly Tony getting all the credit will not please King Clive who will no doubt do something stupid to get the attention back on him again real soon. The PM was flush with his win making some sensible leader type statements to the B20 summit yesterday, from calling on governments to stop QE (I'm impressed he can talk quantative easing) to urging business to do more to talk up reform. He told them they have to be prepared to argue in public for the things they seek in private. Very good point and might even cut the need for Joe Hockey's secretive business forums...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.

SMSF professionals coming in from the cold

Friday, August 01, 2014

by Olivia Long So, it seems I have a real job after all. For years I have been going to dinner parties and telling people I run a specialised SMSF administration business to be simply met with blank looks. What exactly does that involve? And, by the way, who won the footy? Yes, I admit superannuation administration might not be a barbeque stopper of choice, but at least I can now say I belong to a profession, as highlighted by the Macquarie and SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia 2014 SMSF Service Model Report, and, more importantly, it’s thriving. [The report is based on a survey of 292 SMSF service businesses across Australia.] Make no mistake; this report puts to rest the notion that SMSF professionals are either financial planners or accountants, laying out...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.

My mum bought a Jeep

Thursday, July 31, 2014

by Craig JamesMotor vehicle censusCar numbers continue to out-pace population growth. Over the year to January 2014, motor vehicles registered in Australia rose by 2.6 per cent with cars up by 2.3 per cent. Over the year to December, Australia’s population rose by 1.7 per cent.More Toyotas: As at January 2014 there were 2,672,459 Toyota passenger cars on the road (20.1 per cent of all cars), followed by Holden (1,995,255 cars) and Ford (1,496,269). While the number of Toyota cars on the road rose by 2.5 per cent, Ford cars fell by 3.8 per cent and Holden cars fell by 1.6 per cent. The number of Jeep cars on the road over the past year soared by 20.5 per cent – the fastest growth of any top 30 make in seven years.Older cars on the road: One in five cars on the road is over 15...read the full article ›
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David Bates
+ About David Bates

David is the Managing Director of Workforce Guardian where he provides a wide range of strategic, practical and plain-English advice to Australian business owners and operators. He is deeply committed to assisting employers and is a passionate advocate of competition and free-enterprise.

David gained his BA (Government) from the University of Queensland in 1998 before going on to complete a Law degree, with Honours, in 2001. He began his career working for a large, blue-collar union before moving to Canada and then the United Kingdom where he was employed by both the Commission for Racial Equality and the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.

David routinely represents employers in Fair Work-related proceedings and can assist with every aspect of employment relations compliance. David is also an accomplished and highly sought-after public speaker who facilitates dynamic, informative and highly interactive workshops on all aspects of industrial relations best-practice.

He is proud to lead a highly-qualified team of ER, HR and Technical professionals at Australia’s leading, online employment relations service.

Unfair dismissals still haunting employers

Friday, July 25, 2014

by David Bates I remember very well the reassuring words the former federal government gave to employers when the Fair Work laws were ushered in back in 2009. They said no employer should be unduly concerned about the new unfair dismissal laws because they contain a number of protections for employers, such as: Employees needing to complete a ‘minimum employment period’ (of either 6 or 12 months) before being protected from unfair dismissal High income employees having no protection unless their position is also covered by an Award Applications needing to be lodged within strict timeframes, and Employees needing to have been actually ‘dismissed’, as opposed to having resigned. Unfortunately, while all those limitations and restrictions do sound reassuring, the...read the full article ›
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Jason Huljich
+ About Jason Huljich

Mr. Jason C. Huljich, B.Comm serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Direct Property Funds at Centuria Capital Limited. Mr. Huljich has been the Chief Executive Officer of Direct Property Funds at Centuria Property Funds Limited since 2006. He is also the Head of Property at OFM Investment Group. Mr. Huljich has been involved in investment property syndication in Australia since 1996. Mr. Huljich has been an Executive Director of Centuria Capital Limited. since November 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.

End of financial year. Time to change everything. Or is it?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Are you sick of hearing about the end of the financial year and all the things you should be doing to re-assess your financial position? You’re not the only one. It’s true that ensuring your portfolio adequately reflects your investment objectives and time horizon is crucial for long-term success, but there’s no reason that the end of the financial year is the only time this can be done. In fact, quite the reverse. The fundamentals of good investment are just that, fundamentals. They shouldn’t change just because it’s the end of the financial year, they should be your focus all the time.Today I'll give my take on what makes a fundamentally good property investment, and where investors should be looking for returns from property now, and as we move towards...read the full article ›
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Colin Jowell
+ About Colin Jowell

Colin began his career as a business analyst for McKinsey Inc.

Since then, he has been in leading marketing roles in both digital media and hospitality, but has spent most of his career working for M&C Saatchi. He helped them start up their first South African and Malaysian offices before moving to Australia where he became Head of Strategy.

In April, he founded UDKU with two partners. UDKU helps clients solve business problems reach their full potential using a combination of strategy, innovation and communication.

To everything there is a season (or how to avoid the obvious)

Monday, July 14, 2014

by Colin Jowell I’ve never been so glad to see the end of the “End of Financial Year”. Well, more accurately, the EOFY advertising. While one could live with the charities making a last minute bid for your benevolent dollar, scores of Australian businesses could not resist the urge to get you to spend up on your deductible expenses, in the least imaginative ways possible. Dreary savings from office supplies to automobiles, gussied up in so-called seasonal relevance. And then there were the World Cup themed ads.  Some even tried, ham-fistedly, to do both in the same thirty-second advert!  There is no problem with trying to make your marketing relevant. But when seasonal or event driven themes are a tack on, it just ads clutter to the message. ...read the full article ›
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Joanne Masters
+ About Joanne Masters

Jo Masters has 14 years of investment banking experience in Australia, with a focus on economic research and currency strategy.

Having completed a Master of Economics, Jo began her career at Macquarie Bank, initially in the Economics Team providing economic and financial market analysis and advice to clients and traders. She covered the major economies, Australia and New Zealand, as well as being integrally involved in setting up the Asian research base.

In 1999, Jo was asked to join the Foreign Exchange Division in the newly created role of Currency Strategist where she focused on G7 and commodity currencies providing written and verbal advice. In 2001 she joined the Corporate Sales Team specialising in wholesale institutional trading with clients including AMP, State Street, ING and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Jo regularly appeared as an expert commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg, Sky and various newswires.

Jo is currently working as a freelance financial writer, with a keen interest in currency markets.

Why isn’t the A$ falling?

Monday, July 28, 2014

by Joanne Masters There is an almost universal expectation that the A$ should be weakening, with many forecasters looking for the local unit to slip below 0.90 against the US$. A lower A$ seems likely given a modest global outlook, moderating commodity prices and a strengthening US$. Despite this backdrop, in the last month the A$ briefly pushed above 0.95, before settling in a tight 0.9350-0.9450 range. And just as the A$ hasn’t weakened as expected, neither has the US$ strengthened as expected (partly reflecting the reluctance of US bond yields to rise).  While this may be annoying for economists and traders, it has been frustrating for policymakers; who have been hoping for a weaker A$ to offset some of the fiscal tightening put in place by the Federal Budget and to...read the full article ›
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Ross Walker
+ About Ross Walker

How common is chronic disease?

Monday, July 28, 2014

by Ross Walker A recent report from the Centre for Disease Control in the United States published in the Lancet has suggested that one in two US adults suffer some form of chronic disease. And, surprise, surprise, the report goes on to suggest that the bulk of these conditions could be prevented by the affected individual taking more responsibility for their health by better control of the following factors - stopping cigarettes, eating better, increase in exercise, reducing alcohol consumption and attending their doctors for better control of blood pressure and cholesterol.  I saw a patient the other day who spends a considerable amount of time and money purchasing a variety of books on health and also spending hundreds of dollars per month on vitamin supplements.  He...read the full article ›
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Malcolm Mackerras
Political Expert
+ About Malcolm Mackerras

Why commentary on the re-election has been unsatisfactory

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

by Malcolm MackerrasAs I have indicated in past articles for this website, when it comes to commenting on election results I prefer to know those results before commenting. The general election which took place on Saturday 7 September 2013 was completed on Tuesday 29 April 2014 when the counts were finalised for the re-election of six senators for Western Australia on Saturday 5 April. So now let me revise my history. My article on this website dated 9 October 2013 was headed “Senate election – drubbing for Labor and Greens; no good for Abbott”. I now say it was a drubbing for Labor and no good for Abbott but it was not a drubbing for the Greens who succeeded in getting all their incumbents re-elected as well as gaining a Senate seat from Labor in...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.

Investment markets and key developments over the past week

Friday, August 01, 2014

by Shane Oliver Global shares had a poor week with a range of issues reportedly weighing with more sanctions on Russia and worries about the Fed, earnings, Banco Espírito Santo and Argentina's "default”. This dragged down global shares for July by 1 per cent. While Australian shares got hit on Friday it came after a very strong month with the ASX 200 up 4.4%. The risk off move by investors weighed on the euro and $A, commodities were mixed with oil down but metals up and bond yields actually rose in the US and Australia. Many of the reasons reportedly unnerving investors look to reflect isolated instances rather than systemic problems, ie more like an excuse for a correction: Banco Espirito Santo’s situation is not indicative of other Eurozone banks; Argentina’s...read the full article ›
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Simon Bond
Shares Expert
+ About Simon Bond

 

Simon is 48 years of age and has been in the Investment world almost all his life.

Simon is a Partner at the Newport Office of Morgans Australia, after having spent almost 2 decades learning his trade in the heart of Stockbroking in Collins Street Melbourne at various firms.

Simon is fanatical about the way that technology and the Internet is altering the Investment landscape around the globe and focuses much of his outlook on how these profound changes will affect the outcomes and futures of investors everywhere.

No longer tying the knot

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

by Simon Bond Last week I posted a note titled “I don’t” which discussed the alarming drop off in marriages around the globe. The fallout from this is of course less household formation, which means less sales of consumer items such as whitegoods, furniture, fridges, etc. Like tracking the lilies in the pond this does not have an immediate effect, but that of a trending effect. And once a trend is in train it takes a while to turn around.Over the weekend I read an article published by Guardian reporters titled Marriage falls out of favour in Europe, dated 26 July 2014.Experts blame the economic crisis and changing social attitudes for the decline in weddings among young Europeans, as well as the falling birth rate.Marriage rates have fallen dramatically in most major...read the full article ›
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Stephen Small
+ About Stephen Small

Stephen Small is the ETF Capabilities Manager for Australia. He is responsible for the ongoing management of our ETF platform and the creation and quotation of new products. Stephen also assists in the distribution of existing products as the ETF subject matter expert.

Prior to joining UBS, Stephen spent 7 years working for the Australian Stock Exchange spending time on both the compliance and business development sides of business. His final role was Manager of the AQUA & Warrants Business being responsible for ETFs, Managed Funds and Structured Products.

The ETF revolution – turning simple into smart

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

by Stephen SmallOnly a short time ago, if you were looking to invest in a diversified managed fund, you would call your financial adviser, invest via a platform, or go through the arduous task of completing application forms and posting cheques in the mail.  Like every other facet of our lives, innovation and technology are making laborious tasks like this as simple as one click of a button.  Let me introduce the Exchange Traded Fund. Designed to simplify investing, Exchange Traded Funds, have revolutionised the traditional managed fund structure, otherwise known as a managed investment scheme, by listing the fund on an exchange. In effect it makes accessing managed funds as easy as buying a single share on the stock exchange.   If we delve a little deeper, ETFs most...read the full article ›
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Sinclair Taylor
+ About Sinclair Taylor

 

SMSF: Beauty of buying what you already own

Thursday, November 14, 2013

by Sinclair TaylorIf you’re a business owner with an SMSF, you may have heard of the idea of your fund borrowing money to buy the commercial property you already own. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, and it’s legal! Despite much of the recent media focus being on SMSF’s investing in residential property, the actual fact is that the dollar value of SMSF investments into commercial property is three times higher. This huge disparity is largely driven by superannuation rules that permit related party transactions to occur with ‘business real property’, more so than investor belief that commercial property is a better longer term investment than residential property.  Still reading? Good, because having your SMSF purchase a commercial property that...read the full article ›
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Michael Witts
+ About Michael Witts

 

RBA cash rate on hold at 2.5%

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

  by Michael Witts What were the reasons behind today's rate decision? The RBA left the cash rate unchanged at its meeting earlier today. The Bank noted that the transition in the economy has continued and again it is a combination of increased export volumes and strong activity in housing related sectors that are the main drivers of growth. The Bank has previously indicated that they anticipate interest rates will be on hold for an extended period. There was nothing in the statement from the Bank to suggested that the long period of low rates will come to an end anytime soon. What is the RBA's reading on the Australian economy? The Bank is confident in the outlook for the domestic economy, as it believes there is sufficient ongoing momentum especially in light of strong...read the full article ›
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Steve Torso
Capital Raising Expert
+ About Steve Torso

Investors seeking tax-effective opportunities look to Indian Sandalwood

Thursday, May 15, 2014

by Steve TorsoAs we run into Q4 of the financial year investors countrywide begin looking at tax-effective investments to reduce their tax burden. Although benefits of tax-effective investment vary based on the individual, benefits can include immediate tax relief through a tax refund or tax minimisation at the time of investment, throughout the investment term or at maturity. But as the advertising increases at the end of the financial year, what are the key factors an investor should consider?Prime assets, high demand, restricted supplyMany investors typically look at the headline tax benefits but don’t pay too close attention to underlying assets. The underlying asset is critical to receiving the expected tax benefit and also provides stability of investment over the course of...read the full article ›
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Robert Schiavuzzi
+ About Robert Schiavuzzi

Trieste (not quite Italian) boat person arrived Woolloomooloo 1958. Hit Paddo and been there ever since.

Professional medic but amateur everything else including drummer, cyclist, swimmer, philosopher and economist. Concerned citizen of silent majority who occasionally pipes up. Often disgruntled recipient of received nonsense in the guise of wisdom and permanent sceptic.

Humble servant of the honest, needy and truthful and eternal optimist. Not as flawed as some, but about as much as most. Grateful to live in the sunshine.

Who will keep paying for Medicare?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

by Dr Robert SchiavuzziUS writer Mignon McLaughlin said, “We’d all like a reputation for generosity and we’d all like to buy it cheap”. At a time when the Treasurer has told us that someone always has to pay and the age of entitlement is over, Dr Robert takes a sanguine look at our ‘beloved’ and often misunderstood Medicare. The death of the idea of universal health rights has come quickly and unexpectedly. Like the unimportance of national debt or of viable business. These were all things we took for granted, because our 'leaders' led us to believe we could. The guys with the money could look after themselves and those, who were most worthy and needed it, would be looked after by government, and we knew that governments looked after the worthy. The...read the full article ›
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Raymond Chan
+ About Raymond Chan

Raymond joined Morgans Financial Limited (formerly RBS Morgans) in 2003 and established the Asian Desk in 2005. As the #1 revenue adviser in Sydney office, Raymond accepted the challenge to set up the Macquarie Street office in 2011, providing strategic advice and managing portfolio for high net worth individuals and institutions.  Prior  to the current position, he worked with Merrill Lynch and HSBC Securities.

Raymond is often invited to provide commentary for Australian leading media such as Sky News Business Channel, Australian Financial Review, SBS TV, SBS Radio, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Sunday Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Australian, TVB Jade, 2CR Radio Network and CRI Beijing

Raymond’s successes include:

* Advisory role to a Sovereign Fund, based in Southern China

* A$140 million share portfolio for a Singapore family

* A$100 million asset allocation Advice for Australian shares and properties for a major property developer in Hong Kong

* Share Portfolio Management to a resort island owner in Malaysia and Hordern Properties Group in Sydney.

Mr Chan is a JP, qualified Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP), CPA Financial Planning Specialist (FPS). Mr. Chan holds a master degree in commerce (funds management) with distinction average and bachelor degree in accounting and finance from the University of New South Wales.

Our thoughts on Healthscope

Friday, July 25, 2014

by Raymond Chan Healthscope is the largest IPO in 2014 with proposed market capitalisation of $3.3 - $3.8 billion. CIMB is a Joint Lead Manager and Morgans is a Co Lead Manager to the Float. Click here for larger version of the table. Our Site Visit and Feedback Our adviser Anthony Hung has personally met the management team during a recent site visit to one of its operations (Knox Private Hospital in Melbourne) and a recent management presentation and was impressed by the sensible management team which has delivered both growth and margins expansion. It is undeniable that population is both growing and greying and putting pressure on the health system. Anthony suggested: “There is no denying the macro fundamentals surrounding the healthcare space and the increase demand for...read the full article ›
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Rohan Gamble
+ About Rohan Gamble

Rohan Gamble is a well-known finance industry entrepreneur in Australia. He is currently the founding CEO of leading financial comparison site Mozo, and previously set up Virgin Money in Australia.

All this has given Rohan unique insight into the challenges that Australian businesses face when it comes to banks and finance, as well as broader strategy.

Rohan also has a background in management consulting and executive management. He spent four years with Booz Allen & Hamilton and later founded and ran his own consulting firm focused on business strategy for large international financial services firms.

Rohan has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, France.

SMEs no longer second-class banking citizens

Friday, March 21, 2014

by Rohan GambleThe availability and cost of business finance in Australia is improving as we rebound from the global financial crisis and its aftermath.The big banks such as ANZ, Westpac and St George are committing billions of dollars to small and medium enterprise lending. ANZ has doubled its commitment to SME lending, pledging $2 billion over the next 12 months to support Australian enterprise and economic growth. At Westpac, business lending in the first quarter of 2014 is up 6 per cent on a year ago while St George has also been bullish on the growth of its business lending book this year.Great rates for businessAnd it’s not only the availability of business credit that is on the upswing. Business customers are now getting a better deal on interest rates than they were in the...read the full article ›
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Jim Vrondas
+ About Jim Vrondas

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the University of NSW in 1994 Jim began his financial markets career as an FX Trader in the Foreign Exchange department of the Bankers Trust Australia investment bank. His in depth understanding of FX markets and its drivers, coupled with subsequent experience as an educator, have made him a highly sought after commentator for businesses and individuals interested in currency markets.

With around 20 years’ experience in financial markets he is currently employed with OzForex as Chief Currency & Payment Strategist for the Asia Pacific region and is a highly sought after commentator on currency related issues. He regularly appears on Sky Business and ABC television and on an ad hoc basis on CNBC, Bloomberg and Reuters in addition to radio, leading newspapers and magazines across Asia Pacific.

Having held several key positions within the OzForex group since 2004 Jim has helped thousands of businesses and individuals seeking to manage all aspects of their foreign currency needs. He is passionate about ensuring all people, no matter what their level of experience, have access to unbiased information they can understand.

The Aussie dollar turns back to commodities

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

by Jim VrondasIt is well known that our economy is heavily dependent on commodity exports. Around 60% of our total exports - Metals (28%), Coal (18%), Oil & Gas (9%) and Agriculture (5%) are for commodities. In April the total Australian dollar value of our exports ($28.5 billion) almost matched imports ($28.6 billion) with the shortfall, just over $100 million, coming because imports exceeded exports - this is the first trade deficit since October last year.It is no surprise that the majority of our exports still go to China. In fact exports to China reached a new record high, up 5% on the previous month to be 25% higher than a year ago with iron ore increasing 29% over the same period. In this context the fact imports were able to outpace exports is remarkable and true testament...read the full article ›
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Nick Raphaely
+ About Nick Raphaely

Nick Raphaely has 15 years of investment banking and funds management experience in the UK and Australia, and is pioneering personal asset lending in Australia as co-founder of Assetline.

Nick began his career at Merrill Lynch International, providing corporate finance and investment banking services to corporate clients.  He later co-founded the Ashton Group, a privately owned investment management group focused on alternative investment with offices in Sydney and London. 

Nick holds a MA (law) from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Business Science Degree (1st Class Honours with Distinction in Economics) from the University of Cape Town.  In addition, Nick has participated in an executive education program at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Driving diversity into your investment portfolio

Thursday, May 29, 2014

by Nick RaphaelyAn alternative asset like a classic car isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind when attempting to diversify an investment portfolio. Yet when the market indicates that the value of classic cars has leapt 257% recently, investing in your passions might be the best way to ensure your money goes the distance.Private bank and wealth management firm Coutts released their yearly “Coutts’ Index: Objects of Desire” report in January to reveal that so-called passion investing has seen a return of around 77% since 2005 – beating stocks and other traditional investment options by a landslide. Leading the charge in returns, far-sighted owners of classic cars profited from an enormous 275% appreciation over the past seven and a half years. In...read the full article ›
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