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).

Chaos looms for restaurants – so sack the bank

Despite a 12-month lead up to compulsory credit card PIN numbers, many restaurants are woefully unprepared for the impending switchover. The banks, more focused on their mortgage clients, have disgracefully neglected these small business customers.

Why don't they do it in the road?

Government expenditure on roads is 'hideously inefficient' and if Joe Hockey thinks the only way to attract super fund investment is to put the risk onto taxpayers then he is about to get screwed.

Kohler Uncovers: This week's company – Emerchants

In this Eureka Report interview, Alan Kohler talks to Tom Cregan of payments solutions company Emerchants.

A pearler of a family business

This is the story of an English Lord, a hard-working bus driver and a little pearl farm that has grown into a shining retail and tourism empire in WA’s sunny Broome.

America's all right Jack – too bad about Russia

When the US embarked on its QE experiment and zero interest rate policy, the rest of the world had little choice but to follow suit. As America prepares to turn off the money tap, emerging markets will be hit hard.

The markets are Teflon-coated with cash

Ongoing geopolitical turmoil has done little to trouble financial markets, which have been propped up by extremely loose monetary policies. The bears are starting to lose credibility.

It’s time to rethink super

With contributions mandated by law and no price regulation, super fund managers are riding the best gravy train around. But focusing on liquid assets is not the best way to serve their customers.

The delicate matter of family succession in a public company

Handing over power to the next generation can be a tricky process for a publicly listed family business. Controlling shareholders must tread carefully if they want to avoid disaster.

The great Australian retirement maze

Regulation of the retirement village and aged care industry is based on complex disclosure that is near impossible to understand. Governments hiding behind a 'buyer beware' principle just isn't good enough.

Murray is damning on how consumers are treated

The Murray inquiry says the disclosure regime for financial products is too complex and costly, and not enough is being done to meet retirees’ risk management needs. Let's hope the government is listening.

Yes, Ralph, it is a conspiracy

The government isn't stamping out sales commissions in financial advice, it's pushing a shrewd package of loopholes that are designed to let the banks have their way.

How to brew a family business

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Bundaberg Brewed Drinks was bought for a steal nearly 50 years ago. Many exploded vats of fizzy drink later, this third-generation family business now puts the pep in supermarket shelves across Australia.

The great retirement rort

Australians get ripped off while saving for retirement just to get scalped by retirement villages when they finally get there. Tackling this racket is the government's chance to redeem itself following its lacklustre performance over the CBA scandal.

The NBN is now an acquisition

The NBN negotiations between the government and Telstra are effectively a battle over the price for the re-nationalisation of the telco's core assets. Telstra looks set to reap the rewards.

The Keech cousins leap into a 3D future

The Keeches built their fortune pouring metal into moulds. Now, while other foundries are closing left and right, they’ve transposed their business into the 21st century with 3D printing.

Currency wars: Australia - 0; US - 1

While the RBA continues to whine about the exchange rate, savers are being used as cannon fodder, with retirees mercilessly thrown in front of the gunfire of low yields and high costs.

The ghost of Basel rattles its chains and moans, again

The Bank for International Settlements has issued central banks another stern warning about the long-term perils of ultra-loose monetary policy, but its pleas are likely to fall on deaf ears.

Far out Brussels sprout

Three great families underpin Australia’s Brussels sprout industry. Each in its own way has beaten the odds to cultivate a healthy business in a tough sector.

Edwards takes aim at our cherished gloom

John Edwards' message that Australia is neither complacent nor facing economic strife will greatly inconvenience the doom merchants in parliament using fear as a sales pitch for reform.

Why Cormann is now right on financial advice

Banning commissions and upholding the best interests duty will help restore the reputation of a much maligned industry. Making financial advice more affordable will be Mathias Cormann's next challenge.