Alan Kohler

Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).

How Oliver Mark rebuilt the Nilsen empire

OJ Nilsen created a large business, listed it on the ASX, but died with little to show for it all. Now, the fourth generation has completely turned things around.

Houses could be overvalued for a very long time

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Expensive property is not necessarily a bad thing, and the current housing shortage, combined with strong demand, is simply the market at work.

Banking's double disruption

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Digital wallets and P2P lending will do more than simply reduce banks' margins -- they'll completely break up the business of banking as we know it.

Keeping pace with digital revolutions

Internet security and governance expert Paul Twomey explains to Alan Kohler how the internet has rapidly evolved, and how companies are keeping pace with these changes.

The right Way to start a business

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Jeenee Mobile is not your typical family business, but the family behind its creation is anything but typical.

If recessions weren't abolished, we might have one

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Whether we enter into a recession in the next year or not, it's sure going to feel like it.

Locking in on space junk

Alan Kohler speaks to Dr Ben Greene, chief executive of Electro Optic Systems, an Australian company generating revenue from interstellar debris.

Super: it’s the returns, stupid

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The average annual super return of 6 per cent is nowhere near enough to push Australians away from the pension. Instead of relying on increasing contributions, super funds should just do a better job.

Global markets showing GFC symptoms

Alan Kohler speaks to Warwick McKibbin about why economic recovery efforts are on the brink of unraveling, and how Australia can insulate itself against future pain.

The next Tim Cecil

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In the late 1800s Henry Bucks buttonholed the high-end market of men's fashion with a reputation of offering well-tailored shirts. Over 100 years later, and the business is still going strong -- despite the family running succession pretty close to the wind for generations.

Something for everyone in the NBN cost-benefit analysis

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The need for speed will ultimately determine the NBN’s growth, capacity and cost as well as the demand for technology across rural Australia and major cities.

Dividend franking is Australia’s beautiful curse

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We need to kick our addiction to dividends to enable more investment in companies and infrastructure, which in turn will promote entrepreneurialism and growth.

Iron ore miners' war of attrition

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Rio Tinto, Vale and BHP Billiton are flooding the market with iron ore in an attempt to send Chinese producers to the wall. But with government support, Chinese miners could keep going for some time yet.

Housing help needed for seniors

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The government needs to regulate retirement villages, free up the rules surrounding means testing the family home and give pensioners a break in their golden years.

What are human beings going to do?

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The digital revolution is laying claim to a rapidly expanding number of jobs, with the collision between job intensity and productivity unlike anything we've ever seen. What does this mean for young people?

The world must inflate or bust; Australia mustn't join in

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Central banks around the globe are desperately trying to inflate the world's excessive debt away, but for Australia, it would be more damaging in the long term to take part in this inflation race.

How to find security in security

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The security industry used to be a retirement home for policemen, but it is being transformed by the digital revolution. For firms like SNP Security, future growth lies in innovation.

Gold and oil are quiet … too quiet

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Gold and oil prices have remained dormant despite ongoing conflict in the Middle East and growing tensions between Russia and the West. It looks like neither commodity is a reliable way to trade global tensions anymore.

The bankers will now feast on Treasury Wine Estates

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The settlement of a long drawn-out collusion lawsuit, combined with the prospect of a bidding war for TWE, confirms that big private equity is back. Investment banks will be licking their lips.

Coming soon: a dozen 747 loads of Chinese tourists per day

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The number of Chinese tourists heading to Australia is set to increase rapidly in the next few years. It's swiftly becoming one of our most significant industries.

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