Spectators

Dissecting BBY's demise

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What does it take to send an established Australian stockbroker into receivership? A perfect storm of rare market events.

Weekend Economist: The RBA's waiting game

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A sinking dollar may allow the RBA to sit on rates for the rest of 2015, but if household expenditure falters, the bank's response could surprise.

The Week Ahead

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A flurry of economic data, including economic growth figures, will take centre stage locally while key releases are also scheduled in the US and China.

Picks of the Week

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In this week's essential reading guide, Kohler tackles investment hurdle rates, Gottliebsen warns of a housing shortage and Bartholomeusz analyses Forrest's iron ore proposal.

How to engineer Australia's economy for the future

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The idea that the market is oversupplied with STEM graduates vastly underestimates the types of jobs needed to secure Australia's prosperous future.

The US v FIFA: a game of political football

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The action taken by the US to topple FIFA's house of cards illustrates the increasing influence of the US on the global game.

Why a start-up might be your worst idea, and your best

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Entrepreneurs should prepare for the hard slog, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The economics of wealth and sadness

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Lord Adair Turner rejects two of the most fundamental assumptions underpinning the modern economy. You should too.

What can we learn from rich lists?

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Rich list valuations are rarely accurate. I should know -- I used to compile them. So here's the truth...

The trouble with trading visas for investment

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How effective are migration schemes at attracting wealthy business people and investors?

Washington is targeting Chinese scientists in America, and so is Beijing

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Recent spying-related arrests have the Chinese scientific community in the US worried.

Property investment is sucking the life out of the economy

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Surging investor activity is a reminder of the Australian tendency to prioritise short-term gains over productivity growth -- and it's hurting the economy.

Demanding more of the power networks

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After much delay the energy regulator will now be required to develop a scheme of incentives for power networks to help customers reduce their power demand rather than increase it. Let's hope it's not another few years until it's introduced.

FIIG: New Direct Bond – Asciano Finance Pty Ltd

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Sponsored content: Asciano Finance Pty Ltd is now available as a direct bond to wholesale investors.

FIIG: Managing risk in your high yield bond portfolio

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Sponsored content: As an investor's risk profile increases, the need to diversify becomes more important.

Keeping the power utilities honest, while half blindfolded

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The power networks have a trove of data on customer power demand and its effects on their network, yet barely share - leaving us scrambling to measure things like solar's impact, or lack thereof, on network peaks.

Fixed electricity charges don’t ‘fix’ the problem

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Fixed charges create delays in the parity dates for solar-plus-storage, saving some of power utilities' volume. But this delay comes at a cost, both of customer goodwill and the opportunity to align the interests of solar and storage owners with those of the grid at large.

A tough year for a billionaire

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Watch: Gina Rinehart is $6bn poorer than she was 12 months ago without counting the cost of recent legal losses, so who's ready to replace her as Australia's richest individual?

What's killing business investment?

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Recent capex figures paint a gloomy portrait of business conditions in Australia, but the reality is somewhat different.

Android Auto wins in the car

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A future without slow, unintuitive in-dash navigation systems is on the horizon.

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