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  • Market Insights: Wotif woes | Business Spectator
    danger zone adding to a generally weak day for European markets Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Market Insights Wotif woes Kirstie Spicer 18 Dec 2013 1 35 PM Industries Media and Digital Resources and Energy Economy Markets It s no picnic for travel website Wotif mining services feel more pain and Glenn Stevens gets a grilling on the Aussie dollar You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address

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  • BOQ leaves the big four in the cold | Business Spectator
    become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu BOQ leaves the big four in the cold Kirstie Spicer 18 Dec 2013 10 35 AM 2 Markets After a tough couple of years Bank of Queensland is rewarding investors with staggering returns outshining the major banks in the process You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Bank of Queensland has been the best performer of all the banks this year delivering a staggering total return of 64 per cent In second place is National Australia Bank with 43 per cent These are impressive returns against the index total return of just 16 per cent It s generally the big four banks that capture investors attention Their sheer size and record dollar profits give the illusion they are exciting investments while the tangibility of the brand helps too Despite this the turnaround at BOQ confirms there are opportunities to be had outside of the favoured four For BOQ the past two years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster In early 2012 it was a ride investors wanted to get off as the bank booked losses and raised capital to bolster the balance sheet However this year managing director and chief executive Stuart Grimshaw lead the bank to a recovery and returned it to profitability Gains in the share price simply reflect the execution of a sound strategy which focused on improving the quality of the retail portfolio Across the retail side of the bank the majority of the leadership group joined in the past year and have remained on point The strategy and staff have been instrumental to the turnaround Moving

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  • Turning Japanese? Investors hope so | Business Spectator
    wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1387256153 wf entity id 725701 wf entity type node Over the past year the Japanese yen has deprecated 18 per cent against the US dollar but over the same time the Nikkei has added some 55 per cent What international investors have lost on the currency has been more than made up for in equity market gains making it a worthwhile investment When it comes to the Australian market international investors have lost 15 per cent on the currency AUD USD pairing and only gained 11 per cent on the market over the past year leaving offshore punters out of pocket Japan is an export driven economy and directly benefits from a weaker currency while Australia is moving away from commodity exports For the Australian market a weaker dollar needs to boost overall competitiveness but recent movements perhaps suggest the market is not convinced this will eventuate just yet If we take 85 cents to be a hypothetical value of an appropriate exchange rate for the RBA that equates to a 4 4 per cent slide from the current level To make up for this the Australian market would need to gain this at a minimum Taking a level of 5 100 points for the ASX 200 index a 4 4 per cent increase would put the market at 5 324 points a questionable achievement in light of current economic conditions and investor sentiment The relationship between the Australian and US dollar currency pairing green line is not clearly defined but in the last three months moves lower in the currency highlighted by the red bars have been followed by a decline in the equity market white line wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 1 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1387256153 wf entity id 725701 wf entity type node The Reserve Bank of Australia has been campaigning for a weaker currency for the past few months in a bid to spark economic growth For international investors the exchange rate matters and expectations the Australian dollar will decline further is a point for consideration Print this page Turning Japanese Investors hope so Kirstie Spicer 17 Dec 2013 3 55 PM 1 Markets Currency Asian Markets Australian Dollar Exchange Rate More from Kirstie Spicer 20 Dec The year in stocks 20 Dec Market Insights Holding firm 20 Dec The year in charts 19 Dec Market Insights Celebrating certainty 19 Dec Markets take tapering in their stride for now Related articles 12 Jan Aust stocks set for flat start 12 Jan NZ dollar to pass Aussie HSBC 11 Jan Wall Street mixed after jobs data 10 Jan Asian stocks end mixed 10 Jan European stocks close higher More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Log in to post comments Comments Yeah

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  • Market Insights: On the rise | Business Spectator
    had reached a danger zone adding to a generally weak day for European markets Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Market Insights On the rise Kirstie Spicer 17 Dec 2013 2 22 PM Markets ASX Our market is higher following strong international leads with gains fairly evenly shared and consumer discretionary the only sector in the red You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in

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  • Dividends are de rigueur again | Business Spectator
    their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Dividends are de rigueur again Kirstie Spicer 17 Dec 2013 11 19 AM 3 Markets ASX As myriad economic concerns weigh on investor confidence companies with attractive dividend yields will be in favour You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The combination of softer confidence and weaker economic conditions will see investors continue to favour companies with an attractive dividend yield in the year ahead Although this comes with capital risk dividends provide an element of certainty A widening budget deficit and continued talk of the need for a weaker dollar are not conducive to promoting investor confidence in Australia When it comes to market movements confidence has proven to be a powerful force and often moves equity prices well away from their intrinsic value distorting investment decisions A 7 per cent slide in the ASX 200 since October highs simply suggests the post election bounce on the assumption a change of government would be more favourable for business and the economy was simply an illusion A weakening in both business and consumer confidence has confirmed this The fallout from weaker confidence across the economy has the market anticipating both businesses and consumers will spend less challenging earnings assumptions From an investment perspective it could very well mean cyclicals won t be revered like they were this year Australia has underperformed international peers since October highs as other markets have posted gains over the same period The Australian market can t fall back on macro themes of taper talk and eurozone debt concerns the year s favourite justifications to explain a rough period In the opposing corner to confidence is actual economic rationale That theoretically should support the market at current or higher levels The record low cash rate in combination with a steepening yield curve the widening gap between short and long term rates should act as favourable stimulants to the Australian market This argument has no traction in the current market though as

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  • The week in charts | Business Spectator
    0 5 per cent against a broader index decline of 4 3 per cent For the year the health care index has led the broader market higher adding 18 per cent against a nine per cent gain for the broader market The sector certainly doesn t have as much appeal as financials but it has proved to be relatively resilient to weaker investor sentiment wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 1 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1386912321 wf entity id 720501 wf entity type node Source Bloomberg Serial downgrader QBE came out with an absolutely shocking earnings revision on Monday and the market was quick to slice 22 per cent off the share price The rest of the week didn t bring any joy for QBE as it finished some 30 per cent lower giving up its gain for the entire year After the first couple of days of losses there was no share price recovery which is often seen after an earnings downgrade signalling the market is far from optimistic about the future for QBE wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 2 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1386912321 wf entity id 720501 wf entity type node Source Bloomberg Print this page The week in charts Kirstie Spicer 13 Dec 2013 4 17 PM 1 Markets ASX More from Kirstie Spicer 20 Dec The year in stocks 20 Dec Market Insights Holding firm 20 Dec The year in charts 19 Dec Market Insights Celebrating certainty 19 Dec Markets take tapering in their stride for now Related articles 12 Jan Aust stocks set for flat start 12 Jan NZ dollar to pass Aussie HSBC 11

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  • Tricky time for oil | Business Spectator
    Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Tricky time for oil Kirstie Spicer 13 Dec 2013 3 52 PM 1 Markets Financial Markets The supply and demand balance for oil could change drastically in the medium term and investors should be prepared for a shift You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Global financial markets are starting to have a taper tantrum and what we have seen in some markets could just be a taste of what is to come Equity markets and gold have been out of sorts oil could soon follow suit Excessive liquidity courtesy of the Federal Reserve has propped up commodity prices including oil which along with gold is one of the more sensitive financial assets to just about every metric when it comes to determining price When tapering comes the withdrawal of liquidity could impact the money supply and in conjunction with a stronger US dollar move the price of oil and theoretically other US dollar based commodities lower The potential fallout for the oil market from tapering in part helps to explain why Oil Search yellow line and Santos green line companies considered growth plays across the oil sector have underperformed the broader ASX 200 white line by more than five per cent since late September Global growth for 2014 has also been revised lower by the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development OECD not helping the oil markets along the way Oil markets have to consider more than just tapering The US is positioning itself to be a force impacting not just the actual price but the general market structure As both an importer and exporter of petroleum products the US is in a unique position of global trade Should the export ban be lifted on the export of crude oil from the US oil would be in abundance in global markets Extra supply for the US and a supply increase from Libya and Iran could realistically see oil supply in excess of demand pushing oil prices lower in the near term Geopolitical risk for the most part has abated however it is a given any tensions would cause the oil price to spike higher Western markets have become used to the Middle East collecting most of the attention when it comes to oil Increased influence of the US in oil markets in conjunction with the repercussions of tapering could change this Apart from the capitulation of the oil market at the height of the financial crisis the price of oil has usually only gone up Changes in global financial conditions in conjunction with supply and demand metrics could mean

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  • Market Insights: Stocks waver | Business Spectator
    to a generally weak day for European markets Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Market Insights Stocks waver Kirstie Spicer 13 Dec 2013 12 53 PM Markets ASX The broader market is hovering close to unchanged as investors mull prospects for a cut in the Fed s economic stimulus while there has been a muted response to Westpac s forecast of mild lending growth You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies

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