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 stagnation of hurdle rates

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Companies' hurdle rates for investment remain stubbornly high in spite of the ultra-low interest rate environment -- and it could prove a serious impediment to growth.

Kohler quizzes: Vita Group

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Alan Kohler interviews Vita Group CEO Maxine Horne about staying a step ahead in the communications market.

Australia’s four great panel beating families

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Four families have driven a wave of innovation and consolidation in the panel beating industry, but it could be a matter of time before the big insurers mop them up.

Budget 2015: a wildly successful mist of spin

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The political success of this year's federal budget will ensure it becomes a template for years to come, even if the numbers don't quite add up.

It's denouement time in the Greek play

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As the government's funds dwindle and tensions with creditors mount, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the Greek debt negotiations have entered the end game.

Iron ore: squawking versus capitalism

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As BHP and Rio ramp up production in a bid to drive Chinese miners out of business, Australia's junior producers are shrieking the loudest.

Kohler Quizzes: Bulletproof

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Alan Kohler speaks to Bulletproof CEO Anthony Woodward about the group's recent acquisition and financial results.

Family business at the front line

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Childcare has long been dominated by family operators, and the recent budget measures will give them -- and the broader economy -- a much-needed boost.

This friendly budget will bewilder the public

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The treasurer has performed a remarkable turnaround by delivering a 2015 budget that serves as an enormous fiscal apology for his recent sins. Will anyone buy it?

The budget's dirty little secret

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The deficit is falling because tax receipts are expected to rise - not because of spending cuts. And what's happened to the infrastructure blueprints?

It’s the apology budget – we’re very sorry for last year

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Unlike Joe Hockey’s first budget, there are no nasty surprises this year -- but there is also very little of substance to win over the public.

Kohler quizzes: Talga Resources

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Alan Kohler speaks to Talga Resources MD Mark Thompson about the case for investing in graphite and graphene.

Surpluses? Who needs them!

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Unless the Treasurer announces a surprise move in tomorrow’s budget, it appears as if there is no credible path back to surplus.

The great peanut butter battle

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Australia's peanut butter incumbents, Kraft and Sanitarium, could soon find themselves crunched by smooth family operators.

Look! Here’s a green shoot!

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The extraordinary success of Brisbane-based NOJA Power shows that specialised, globally-focused manufacturing can thrive in a high-cost country like Australia.

Greece's creditors are finally talking write-off

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The ECB and EU are still vehemently opposed to writing off Greece's debt, but if they don't the country will have no chance of staying in the eurozone.

The dollar can't save Australian business

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Monetary policy is running out of puff. It's time for Abbott and Hockey to do their bit and drive business investment in the coming budget.

Forget the RBA – it's all about the budget

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With monetary policy stretched to the limit, a rate cut can only do so much. The Abbott Government must take decisive action.

Rebooting Australia's footwear business

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In the past, protective trade barriers sheltered Australia's factories, now we do most of our manufacturing in Asia and manage the brands.

Sorry kids, we'll have to eat the house

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A variety of factors have combined to ensure that the family home will soon become a formal part of the retirement income system.

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