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  • Buying into the promise of tech riches | Business Spectator
    Since LinkedIn green line listed in May 2011 it has climbed 414 per cent higher against a gain of only 32 per cent for the S P 500 white line Over the same time Tesla yellow line has gained 459 per cent wysiwyg field contenteditable false wf deltas 0 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1386892266 wf entity id 719681 wf entity type node Source Bloomberg For Australian investors the investment pool for technological advanced companies or those with a platform to change an industry is significantly smaller largely forcing investors to look offshore for opportunities But Australia does have a few companies across biotech and genomics which are gaining more interest and providing plenty of potential opportunities The downside is the likely years of patiently waiting for a return and the risk along the way Searching for the next technological revolution or company to change an industry could be the train to investment riches over a considerable time frame Worst case scenario is a complete loss of capital On the other side there is potential for staggering returns more than rewarding investors for the risk taken along the way Print this page Buying into the promise of tech riches Kirstie Spicer 13 Dec 2013 10 51 AM 3 Technology 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 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 Kirstie maybe I m too old Submitted by Fred Carlsson on Fri 2013 12 13 13 49 Kirstie maybe I m too old skool to get technology investments For instance what would you pay for a business that grew Revenue 64 in 2012 and is projected to grow a staggering 73 on top of that this year to achieve revenue of 18 3 million At the same time Net Profit is projected to fall from 728 000 to 471 000 Well Freelancer com floated on the Australian stock exchange for 218 million or 463 times projected earnings I didn t buy in because I didn t get it Turns out I was the fool because the stock more than tripled in value the first day to 700 million or 1 486 times projected profit Let s hope they keep to the growth projections It s not the only time I ve not seen the value of companies that other investors have Seven year old Twitter that last Quarter lost US65 million

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  • Hot offerings get the cold shoulder | Business Spectator
    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 Hot offerings get the cold shoulder Kirstie Spicer 12 Dec 2013 3 32 PM Industries Aviation Media and Digital Markets As the year draws to a close investors are opting for stable cash flows and solid valuations over hopes and dreams fund raising campaigns 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 Retail investors have shunned Virgin s offer with only a quarter of eligible shareholders taking up their entitlement The much talked about Nine Entertainment initial public offering has slipped close to 10 per cent in only five days of trade As the year draws to a close unexpected responses to recent events in some stocks suggest investor preference is for stable cash flows and solid valuations over the hopes and dreams a company sells investors in a fund raising campaign With foreign airlines dominating the register the lack of retail investor interest even at a 6 per cent discount to the traded price when the offer was announced speaks volumes of the market s view of Virgin as an investment As investors are flush with cash the under subscription suggests mum and dad investors aren t comfortable directing funds to a company engaging in a price war in an industry with forceful headwinds Domestic airlines don t offer the most compelling value story when lined up against other sectors Virgin s entitlement offer closed on December 9 days after Qantas came out with its shocking downgrade We can only imagine how the Virgin entitlement would have fared if there was no Qantas profit warning Evidently the

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  • Market Insights: Decline deepens | 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 Decline deepens Kirstie Spicer 12 Dec 2013 12 09 PM Markets ASX Our market has turned down to extend recent losses with McMillan Shakespeare a notable casualty of the General Motors decision to exit Australia 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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  • Rio Tinto takes a walk on the safe side | Business Spectator
    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 Rio Tinto takes a walk on the safe side Kirstie Spicer 12 Dec 2013 11 06 AM Industries Resources and Energy Economy China Markets The miner s focus on reducing operational costs as well as continued reining in of capex shows it s putting shareholder returns ahead of its growth profile for now 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 Confirmation that Rio Tinto has smashed its operating cost reduction target is exactly what the market wants to hear Bringing down operating costs and paying off debt is reducing the company s risk Already eclipsing the 2 billion of cost savings this year the target for the year ahead is another 1 billion Rio is putting returns to shareholders ahead of the future growth profile of the company for now It is likely investors will pressure Rio Tinto to return more capital beyond standard dividends from the cash chest but Rio s focus for 2014 is reducing debt on the balance sheet The full year dividend in 2012 increased by 19 per cent after a 20 per cent increase in 2011 Expectation is the dividend will increase again this year pleasing investors Of the capital allocation priorities progressive dividends are second only to sustaining essential capital expenditure That s a reflection that Rio is in tune with what shareholders want Despite having slashed operational costs Rio has set new production records The close of the mining boom has forced miners to readjust and become more efficient something Rio has managed well While surplus supply

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  • Emerging from the gloom | Business Spectator
    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 Emerging from the gloom Kirstie Spicer 11 Dec 2013 3 13 PM 2 Markets Financial Markets Investment firm T Rowe Price says the best strategy to gain exposure to emerging markets is through locally listed companies 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 Emerging markets are the place to be over the next two years or so argues Kurt Umbarger portfolio specialist at global investment giant T Rowe Price Australian investors have flooded ASX listed international exchange traded funds ETFs with over 1 billion dollars of capital this year While US focused ETFs collected the bulk of those funds capital flows could be decidedly different in two years time The conviction of Umbarger and the team at T Rowe Price has seen around a quarter of its Global Equity Fund directed to emerging markets The allocation is significant relative to global equities and the strategy for the region is very much targeted To leverage the dominance of consumption in emerging markets around 80 per cent of exposure is directed towards consumption patterns mainly consumer staples and financials Selected energy and material focused companies also offer support Historically emerging markets have offered rich pickings when it comes to commodities However with an expectation commodity prices will fall in the near future Umbarger explains the fund has decreased exposure to commodity rich economies including Brazil and Russia the favoured countries for emerging market investors that comprise half of the BRIC acronym Although economic growth is expected to be tepid across emerging markets relative to previous years GDP

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/11/markets/emerging-gloom (2014-01-12)
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  • Market Insights: Sentiment sags | Business Spectator
    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 Sentiment sags Kirstie Spicer 11 Dec 2013 1 10 PM Markets ASX Consumer sentiment has slumped to a five month low weighing on the market while investors have punished OZ Minerals for failing to upgrade production forecasts for copper 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

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  • Is success more than a mirage for Billabong? | Business Spectator
    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 Is success more than a mirage for Billabong Kirstie Spicer 10 Dec 2013 3 48 PM Industries Retail Markets A decisive strategy for the future offers a snippet of hope for the surfwear retailer and may breathe life into a share price that has flat lined for two years 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 Under new chief executive Neil Fiske Billabong International has a much needed refreshed guidance and finally a plan to turn around the struggling retailer Fiske outlined seven steps in Billabong s turnaround strategy at the annual general meeting Noting Fiske s history when it comes to retailers it was no surprise branding took top spot in the hope it will propel Billabong to a wave of profitability once again Billabong is most renowned for being a distressed takeover target This could change if Fiske can pull off the turnaround strategy to rebuild the company Execution of the plan has the potential to make headlines for being a remarkable turnaround a year or so from now as the measures being implemented today gain traction and bump up earnings The task that lies ahead for Billabong is certainly mammoth but the potential execution of this current strategy provides some promise Lifestyle retailers across the globe already lap up the dominant three brands of the company Billabong Element and RVCA So the strategy Billabong plans to pursue is going to be focused on potential market share opportunities for existing brands and allocating the marketing budget accordingly While an

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  • Kirstie Spicer | Business Spectator
    by Kirstie Spicer 4 16pm December 05 Market Insights That sinking feeling Our market has followed offshore shares lower as positive US economic news spurs taper talk while Qantas dropped over 13 per cent after a profit warning by Kirstie Spicer 12 49pm December 05 Good news casts a market pall Though the direct effect of quantitative easing on the economy has been minimal the stock market s perception of its withdrawal is far more influential by Kirstie Spicer 11 09am December 05 4 comments Retailers need a little sparkle Super low interest rates have yet to provide a sustained lift to the retail sector by Kirstie Spicer 3 56pm December 04 Market Insights Westfield gains The broader market has recovered from sharp opening losses with investors giving a warm response to Westfield s decision to merge its Australian and New Zealand businesses by Kirstie Spicer 12 35pm December 04 Floats enter choppy waters Some IPOs in the current rush are attracting solid interest from investors while others may struggle by Kirstie Spicer 10 46am December 04 Why niche is nicer Investing in niche businesses with a global footprint can be an ideal way to gain international exposure and diversify away from mining and banking by Kirstie Spicer 11 20am November 28 Market Insights Holding firm The broader market has brushed off negative leads to edge slightly higher but top miners are coming under pressure after cuts to analyst iron ore forecasts by Kirstie Spicer 1 44pm November 27 Are bubble worries overblown While some equity markets are touching all time highs investors would be wise to wait for corporate revenue growth to play catch up by Kirstie Spicer 10 35am November 27 10 comments Deck the halls cheaply Discounting is fine until it becomes the defining strategy This Christmas top retailers risk having pricing terms dictated to them by Kirstie Spicer 3 59pm November 26 1 comment Market Insights Miners weigh Gains in banks have offset weakness elsewhere to produce a flat overall market today featuring a 4 per cent fall in Aristocrat after it missed sales expectations by Kirstie Spicer 12 48pm November 26 Prime the pump for an oil market shift Beyond increasing supply oil substitution in many industries is changing the outlook for the black gold by Kirstie Spicer 11 07am November 26 Page 2 Market Insights Light and bouncy Our market has spiked higher in thin trade with BHP and Orica two of the morning s bright spots by Kirstie Spicer 12 32pm December 10 Navigating the downgrade deluge Investors may opt to part ways altogether with repeat profit warning offenders especially when factors outside the industry are driving the downgrades by Kirstie Spicer 11 08am December 10 3 comments TPG buys more staying power TPG s acquisition of AAPT will give it critical fibre access as part of the NBN rollout by Kirstie Spicer 3 10pm December 09 Market Insights Sentiment soft The market has drifted lower in a lacklustre start to the week

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