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).

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.

Kohler uncovers: Chinese e-commerce

Alan Kohler speaks to Ross Benson, chairman of 99 Wuxian, about the mobile commerce company's expanding business in China.

The second coming of EH Brett (and Australian manufacturing)

Two brothers are successfully reviving their fourth-generation sailmaking firm, and they are sure local manufacturing can also stage a comeback with the right emphasis on vocational training.

But what's Telstra going to do with the money?

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Telstra could reap up to $100bn from the NBN thanks to a shrewd David Thodey. Before moving on from the telco, he'll want to ensure he leaves behind a legacy of growth.

Central bankers are happily behind the curve

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Those urging the Federal Reserve and other central banks to raise their cash rates in line with economic recovery have missed the point: these days the game is about warding off deflation, not inflation.

The death of inertia, and the new paths to advantage

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Businesses have found themselves in the midst of an industrial revolution fuelled by automation and big data. They must adapt quickly before technological change leaves them behind.

Australia’s addiction to dividends is killing us

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The introduction of dividend imputation in the '80s has encouraged companies to increase their dividend payout ratios rather than retain earnings, which has led to chronic underinvestment and massive tax distortions.

Kohler Uncovers: Global Health

This week Alan talks to a company shaking up the global health industry with groundbreaking software - Global Health.

Australia’s last mill standing

Cheap imports have pulled the rug out from under Australia's textile manufacturing businesses, but one family firm found a way to thrive.

The BCA discovers free enterprise

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Is the Business Council of Australia a think tank or a lobby group? Its latest research effort marks a subtle shift away from the latter but ultimately leaves the council with a confused sense of purpose.

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