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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

3 bankers better say the right thing or stocks could dive!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The best people to allay market fears should be the central bankers. 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

Make or break time for the Government

Monday, February 08, 2016

There is a huge amount on the Government’s plate, and it needs to start making decisions soon and mounting the case for reform in a unified way. 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

Packer should come clean about his intentions for Crown

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The independent directors of Crown Resorts, and the ASX, should hang their heads in collective shame. 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.

Slaying golden goose myths

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The dividend yield play has played an important role in investors’ portfolios, however, a number of market and regulatory challenges have put yield assumptions under examination. 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.

RBA sees green shoots in employment results

Monday, February 08, 2016

According to the RBA, our surprisingly strong employment results of late may not be as dodgy as many contend. 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.

An irrational attack

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The most exaggerated criticism of Sydney’s booze restrictions has been by Matt Barrie – clearly the bloke has stopped going out as some sort of protest if he thinks Sydney is dead. 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

Property markets state of play

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

What's in store for property? I think we will see a steady marketplace with a good balance between buyers and sellers in the big cities. read the full article ›
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Christine St Anne
+ About Christine St Anne

Christine St Anne is a senior financial journalist who has had a career-long interest in the superannuation and investment industry. Christine was the editor of a number of trade publications including an online website for retail investors.

4 key questions to get your insurance right

Saturday, January 30, 2016

If insurance is on your financial to-do list this year, here's what you should be asking yourself when it comes to this all-important area. 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.

Outlook for the markets

Monday, February 08, 2016

We still see shares trending higher this year helped by relatively attractive valuations compared to bonds, further global monetary easing and continuing moderate economic growth. 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.

Turnbull honeymoon over

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It was only three months ago that Business Council of Australia chairman Catherine Livingstone was giving the new PM a very public valentine in front of hundreds of corporate leaders. read the full article ›
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Angela Catterns
+ About Angela Catterns

Angela Catterns AM is a well-known Australian media veteran, having worked in radio, TV and film. She has broadcast on every ABC radio network – Triple J, Local Radio, Networked Local Radio, NewsRadio, Radio National and Classic FM. She has also broadcast on commercial stations in Sydney and in Washington DC.

She is a public speaker and MC and is Ambassador for several charities.

She’s contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald and theHoopla.com and writes for Switzer Daily on financial matters from a personal point of view – as a woman of ‘a certain age’.

The nanny state

Friday, February 05, 2016

Bossiness and officiousness has reached epidemic proportions in Australia. There are too many people and too many governments assuming the nanny role. read the full article ›
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Tim Reed
+ About Tim Reed

Tim Reed became MYOB’s CEO in 2008. He develops and drives the business’s strategic development across Australia and New Zealand, such as its expansion into online services. He led the company to the top of BRW’s most innovative companies list, where it was recognised as Australia’s 7th most innovative business in 2014. Tim’s career spans Asia, Europe, the USA and Australia, including time in Silicon Valley where he held senior management roles in sales, marketing, product management and finance within the fast paced global technology and internet markets. During this period he was a founding member of the Internet Advertising Bureau where, along with other internet pioneers, he wrote the first set of advertising measurement standards for the Web. Tim has an MBA from Harvard University (Baker’s Scholar), and a BCom degree from the University of Melbourne (First Class Honours).

SMEs reaction to our new PM

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Turnbull’s rise to the top job has given Australia’s business confidence a shot in the arm. read the full article ›
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Paddy Manning
+ About Paddy Manning

Paddy Manning is an experienced, awarded journalist who has worked for the ABC, Crikey, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, The Australian Financial Review, and The Australian. His previous books were Boganaire: The rise and fall of Nathan Tinkler (Black, 2014) and What the Frack: Everything you need to know about Coal Seam Gas (NewSouth, 2013).

Getting the job done

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Turnbull will need the skills of Houdini to escape being straightjacketed by the right of his party. read the full article ›
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Michael Witts
+ About Michael Witts

 

Dissecting the RBA’s decision

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The RBA clearly has the capacity to cut the cash rate again in 2016, however, it will be a waiting game as further evidence of the progress of the economy will be assessed. 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: focus still on the RBA

Friday, February 05, 2016

With the Governor fronting the House of Representatives Economics Committee on Friday, the Reserve Bank will continue to dominate investor attention. read the full article ›
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Ross Walker
+ About Ross Walker

The role of Keytruda in the fight against cancer

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A recent large study shows that Keytruda can shrink tumours by 90% in a third of patients. 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).

What does 2016 hold for the real estate market?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The real estate market is constantly evolving and the current changes could mean that agents may have to work harder for their fee. 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

5 property traps to avoid in 2016

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Instead of looking out for the next big chance, you’d be better served to use the next few weeks to assess your current financial situation and set some positive goals for property investing in 2016. 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.

Regional markets offer growth

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Our regional markets are also showing diverse and interesting housing market trends and in some cases we’re seeing stronger capital growth, than in some capital cities. read the full article ›
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Greville Pabst
+ About Greville Pabst

Greville Pabst is CEO and Director of WBP Property Group.

Your six-point property checklist

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The average Joe typically invests around 19 hours before throwing their hat in the ring for just one property. This may seem excessive, but research is essential in assessing the suitability of a property. 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.


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