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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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:...

  2. 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....

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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,...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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,...

  18. 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...

  19. 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)...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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,...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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,...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. October 16, 2012

    SoftBank rally helps lift Tokyo’s Nikkei

    Tokyo’s Nikkei index bounced strongly on Tuesday as dealmakers at telecoms group SoftBank reassured investors their shares...

  36. FT Alphaville

    September 6, 2012

    The spent force in iron ore - redux

    The rout in Fortescue Metals Group continues, even though the price of iron ore is holding steady around the A$87 mark. ...

  37. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2012

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York… FT ALPHAVILLE BHP’s investment U-turn: Kate notes that BHP Billiton is taking a step back from its...

  38. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2012

    Chart du jour - Australian bank edition

    Via UBS. (Click to enlarge) Or to put it another way…. the market cap of the Aussie banking sector (effectively four...

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