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).
After finally getting its North American business under control, the news that QBE is facing legacy issues within its Latin American business is another blow to shareholders. Prudent management, combined with a dose of luck, is desperately needed.
A presentation at Clean Energy Week succinctly showed just how unlikely it was for a customer-driven grid death spiral to occur via solar, due to the complexity of system purchases. But could leasing open the floodgates?
In the digitally-powered economy, many industries will need global scale to underpin their survival. Australia’s paltry marks for innovation and export-oriented jobs should have policymakers very worried.
For decades multinational companies have poured capital into the vast Chinese market in pursuit of riches. But myriad pressures, from regulatory constraints to environmental issues, are weighing on foreign business satisfaction.
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.
The cash released from 21st Century Fox’s BSkyB deal will help any further efforts for a Time Warner bid, enabling measures to support Fox’s share price and reduce the debt requirement of a revised offer.