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).
In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler assesses our addiction to dividends, Bartholomeusz reflects on Qantas' massive loss, and Gottliebsen talks about how CEOs can learn from a new young player.
There's a lot of work to be done to tackle the nation's high youth unemployment. The CEO of Seek says younger people should tailor their studies to industries where there are jobs, but they also must be taught how to secure a job in the first place.
A modest quarterly uptick in capital expenditure in the non-mining sector suggests the economy is slowly rebalancing, but a deteriorating outlook for mining and manufacturing investment will weigh on growth.
A housing downturn would have serious consequences for the major banks, which have binged on mortgage lending for the past two decades. No wonder they're in denial about the state of the property market.
Over the last six months, the difference between Australia’s long and short-term interest rates has narrowed. That would typically be attributed to a tightening monetary policy stance -- but here it's a little different.
Most people don't realise that you only have to work for one hour in paid employment per week to be classed as 'employed'. A greater understanding of simple terms such as employment and unemployment will help to enlighten public discussion