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    1. November 3, 2014

      Australian banks: shaky foundations

      It is easy to be bearish on Australian banks. The country’s mining boom has slowed. Unemployment has passed the financial...

    2. October 7, 2014

      Australian banks: monkey business

      What do schoolchildren, ginger cats and dart-throwing monkeys have in common? All have beaten the professionals at equity...

    1. September 30, 2014

      Australia: I should be so lucky

      The lucky country. The 1964 book that provided the nickname for Australia was, in fact, a critique of the nation. In the...

    2. September 18, 2014

      ASX plans A$65m investment in Yieldbroker 

      ASX, the Australian exchange, is seeking its first foray into over-the-counter derivatives trading by offering to buy a 49...

    3. August 13, 2014

      Australian banks: great borrower grief

      Australia has not been in recession for 23 years. Stock in Commonwealth Bank of Australia changes hands at pricey 15 times...

    4. July 20, 2014

      Australia’s $1.7tn private pension system faces sweeping reforms

      Australia’s highly regarded private pension system faces sweeping reform following a sharply critical report into the fees...

    5. FT Alphaville

      March 31, 2014

      Mobile money and the UK aid conundrum

      Putting a financial value on aid is tricky. Case in point, Monday’s FT editorial on the UK’s overseas development budget:...

    6. beyondbrics

      February 17, 2014

      EM crises: get used to them

      If the recent recovery in emerging markets has calmed your nerves somewhat, then steel yourself: EM crises are here to stay....

    7. February 12, 2014

      Australian banks: teachers’ pets

      Listening to Commonwealth Bank of Australia present results, one is reminded of what banks everywhere sounded like a decade...

    8. January 6, 2014

      Barrister salary mean ‘misleadingly high’

      Low The mean salary for criminal barristers in the year to April 2013 was £72,000, according to the Ministry of Justice. The...

    9. January 6, 2014

      Harnessing the power of extreme consumers

      Micah Melton has strong opinions about ice. The water to make it must be double boiled; small dense cubes are best for...

    10. November 21, 2013

      Ex-banker to head Australia financial probe

      SYDNEY, November 21 - The Australian government has named David Murray, a former top banker, to head a broad inquiry into...

    11. October 24, 2013

      Stocks advance on reassuring China data

      Thursday 21:05 BST. Global equities resumed their upward momentum as encouraging data on China’s manufacturing sector...

    12. beyondbrics

      September 9, 2013

      China exports recovery: for real?

      In previous months, analysts have been skeptical of China export data, with worries that the figures have been inflated by...

    13. MBA blog

      August 16, 2013

      Celebrating Women's Success

      Tonight I had the great privilege of attending the annual Celebrating Women’s Success event hosted by BCG in Sydney, with...

    14. August 14, 2013

      Stocks struggle as bond yields stay high

      Wednesday 21:05 BST. US and European stocks struggled to make fresh progress as positive news on the eurozone economy was...

    15. August 12, 2013

      Australian banks: cash in hand

      Banks with enough capital to pay out dividends these days are special enough. So what does that make the few – Australians,...

    16. July 31, 2013

      RBS selects McEwan as new chief

      Royal Bank of Scotland is in late-stage discussions with regulators at the Bank of England to appoint insider Ross McEwan as...

    17. beyondbrics

      July 10, 2013

      China: who's buying?

      Amid the alarming headlines over China’s pretty terrible trade data (“Markets Going Down After Horrendous Chinese Data” said...

    18. beyondbrics

      July 1, 2013

      China: investors take weak growth in their stride but rightly fret about property

      embed1 One effect of the recent turmoil in China’s financial markets is that investors are no longer surprised by gloomy...

    19. beyondbrics

      June 19, 2013

      China: cash squeeze is "critical"

      Squeeeeeeze It’s deliberate. To all intents and purposes, the Chinese authorities on Wednesday confirmed that the cash...

    20. June 4, 2013

      Reits hit as global income party stalls

      When executives and bankers sit down next week to figure out pricing for New World Development’s planned Hong Kong listing,...

    21. FT Alphaville

      May 2, 2013

      The great Aussie bank share price bubble

      Via UBS: The Aussie banks are very good companies. They are profitable, resilient, well capitalised, well managed,...

    22. April 25, 2013

      Customers come first in blueprint for RBS revamp

      Ross McEwan sometimes gets lost in unfamiliar towns when trying to find the Royal Bank of Scotland branch he is visiting...

    23. beyondbrics

      April 15, 2013

      China's shark's fin soup slowdown

      Pretty much everyone agrees that China’s Q1 growth figure was a miss. At 7.7 per cent, it sits below consensus (8 per cent)...

    24. April 2, 2013

      Yield-hungry investors dig into Asia

      First it was bonds; now income-linked equities are being pushed higher as investors pursue a global hunt for yield. The...

    25. beyondbrics

      April 1, 2013

      China PMI: on the up

      When it comes to manufacturing indices, China is the big one. The question is which index to look at: the official state...

    26. March 15, 2013

      Stocks at cyclical highs on US optimism

      Friday 20:15 GMT. Global stocks ended the week sitting at cyclical highs as Wall Street stood just shy of record levels,...

    27. March 13, 2013

      S&P 11 points shy of all-time high

      Wednesday 20:05 GMT. Wall Street staged a tentative rebound in afternoon trading, pushing the S&P 500 closer to an all-time...

    28. beyondbrics

      March 8, 2013

      EM trade boosts China exports

      The statistical drama in China’s February trade figures is in the 15.2 per cent drop in imports, coming after January’s 28.8...

    29. February 26, 2013

      Italian impasse rekindles eurozone jitters

      Tuesday 21:15 GMT. Markets showed signs of stabilising after resurgent eurozone debt angst sparked a broad sell-off in risk...

    30. February 14, 2013

      NAB assesses £5.3bn in property loans

      National Australia Bank, the country’s fourth-largest bank by market value, has approached advisers to help determine the...

    31. February 13, 2013

      Australian lenders: Oz-pop

      The markets of the world are littered with the victims of housing bubbles – those that bet against them too soon as well as...

    32. February 13, 2013

      Stocks up on optimism over global economy

      Wednesday 21:05 GMT. Global stock indices edged higher as investor optimism over prospects for the global economy and...

    33. February 7, 2013

      Pension funds wary of UK infrastructure

      The UK government dreams of pension funds piling money into the country’s infrastructure but investors are slow to commit,...

    34. beyondbrics

      February 5, 2013

      Rajoy storm buffets Asia

      embed1 Any hope that the recent global rally, in which emerging market have participated so enthusiastically, might prove...

    35. January 29, 2013

      Stocks edge towards fresh highs

      Tuesday 21:40 GMT. Global stocks rose and challenged new cyclical highs, supported by better than expected corporate...

    36. January 21, 2013

      Safe banking comes at a price

      Boring and safe – but not as safe as they seem. Politicians and regulators would love to inhabit a world where banks take...

    37. November 29, 2012

      Australian banks – high and dry

      Yeah, yeah. Bank targets 15 per cent return on equity. We’ve heard that one before. What looked like a disappointing return...

    38. October 24, 2012

      Australian banks in focus ahead of results

      When the Australian bank reporting season starts on Thursday with annual results from ANZ Bank the focus of investors will...

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