Spectators

How stability is paying off for the new Macquarie

Despite a soft start to the year, Macquarie's shift towards annuity incomes is enough for Nicholas Moore to be confident of greater full-year profit, as he eyes market conditions in the second half.

The problem with the eurozone's rebalancing act

Large surpluses in the eurozone's creditor economies have made it harder for debtor economies to adjust, contributing to weak inflation and highlighting the unevenness of the recovery.

The 'pre-Holocene' climate is returning – and it won't be fun

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A string of events earlier this year provided a sobering snapshot of a global climate system out of whack, heralding a return to a volatile and destructive era.

Can big solar take on wind? Look to the banks

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Some utility-scale solar developers are talking up the prospects of PV plants being about 40% cheaper, and matching wind's viability. They just need to get bankers thinking similarly.

Kohler Uncovers: This week's company – Emerchants

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

Woodside's non-Shell shareholders have nothing to lose

If Woodside's proposed buyback of Shell's residual shareholding is rejected, it would be a costly setback for Shell and a small embarrassment for Woodside directors, but there will be few implications for non-Shell shareholders.

Lessons from Britain's NBN journey

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If nations are to truly maximise the potential of the digital economy they must start viewing broadband as a utility that's just as important as roads, rail and power.

Europe's slight wind change

Estimates for Europe's wind capacity by 2020 have been revised down 40GW by the sector's peak industry body amid policy uncertainty, but growth will still be a healthy 64%.

REVIEW: Motorola Moto X

Long before Apple’s iPhone became synonymous with the mobile phone, there was Motorola. Now the pioneer is back and its Moto X could be Android’s answer to the iPhone.

Preparing for the climate displaced, both rich and poor

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Far from running out of land, the world still has more than enough available land to provide for the needs of those everywhere facing and living with climate displacement.

New Zealand's no-nonsense approach to monetary policy

New Zealand's central bank says the level of its currency is 'unjustified and unsustainable' in light of declining commodity prices, which hints at further action on rates down the track.

Facebook's winning streak in five charts

Mark Zuckerberg's social network is showing no signs of slowing down as it keeps making money from mobile.

More efficient, durable solar cells are possible thanks to glass

A paper published today shows how a uniquely designed layer of glass can keep solar cells cool, and improve efficiency. But critics doubt its feasibility.

To improve Australia's global innovation ranking we must edit more Wikipedia articles

Publishing more YouTube videos would also help.

The Toyoda family: Japan’s answer to Henry Ford

Four generations and two wars later, the Toyoda family still presides over the largest carmaker in the world. But there is much pressure on the current heir to steer Toyota through difficult times.

Six families float their way to fortunes

Many Australian family businesses are too small to list on the ASX, but those that have done so have reaped considerable financial rewards.

A bumpy ride for the BoE

Declining wages and a falling unemployment rate highlight the uneven nature of UK economic growth, which is likely to see the BoE take a conservative approach to raising rates.

DataRoom AM: Lew's next angle

Solomon Lew may not be finished making waves in the department store world, while BHP is reportedly looking to offload its manganese assets.

Scoreboard: Growing disappointment

Wall Street ended mixed after the IMF lowered its US growth forecasts, while tensions in Gaza and Ukraine also kept a lid on gains.

The political cost of Germany's uber-competitiveness

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The frugal and efficient mentality that has driven Aldi's retail success also drives Germany's attitudes towards economic policy, but it is winning the nation few friends in the eurozone.

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