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  • Economy | Business Spectator
    to pursue red tape cuts 53 min ago PM to start process of slashing red tape with repeal day on March 19 report Obama picks Fed vice chair 12 Jan 10 49 PM US President chooses former Bank of Israel boss as deputy to Janet Yellen US jobs growth slows sharply 11 Jan 12 37 AM Labor Department data misses expectations potentially complicating Fed s tapering plan Korea China jostle for Aust resources 10 Jan 3 59 PM Mining junior Rex Minerals among first to benefit from competition report China trade balance contracts 10 Jan 2 57 PM Official data shows surplus narrowed more than expected exports rise New home sales lift in November 10 Jan 11 45 AM HIA new home sales report shows growth rate hits two and a half year high Volvo Cars sales up in 2013 10 Jan 10 59 AM Swedish subsidiary of Chinese carmaker Geely see sales rise on strong China growth China s Fosun buys Portuguese insurer in privatisation 10 Jan 8 57 AM The Chinese conglomerate will acquire an 80 stake in the insurance arm of Portuguese state bank Robb casts doubt on handouts 10 Jan 7 15 AM Trade minister suggests company requests for funds may be met with deaf ear report Inflation lifts across OECD 10 Jan 4 17 AM Rate of price growth in advanced economies climbs to 1 5 per cent NAB UK exit expected soon 10 Jan 1 14 AM Analysts forecast bank to divest UK assets as economic recovery takes shape Fed s Yellen expects 3 growth 10 Jan 12 52 AM Incoming Federal Reserve chief admits recovery frustratingly slow report US jobless claims dip 10 Jan 12 49 AM Further signs of improved labour market with claims lower than forecasts Alcoa gives up on aid report 10 Jan 12 41 AM Firm won t seek govt funds for Point Henry smelter risk of closure rises ECB holds rates at 0 25 9 Jan 11 57 PM Mario Draghi hints at more stimulus if recovery continues to stutter The Spectators Dwelling on housing growth is misguided Callam Pickering 10 Jan 10 46 AM 62 Dwelling investment will rise during 2014 but the shift towards cheaper less labour intensive high density housing means it will not be enough to offset the mining investment cliff The ECB is failing to do whatever it takes Callam Pickering 10 Jan 8 34 AM 16 The European Central Bank is too focussed on the long term outlook when eurozone countries need desperate and immediate relief Failing to cut rates last night will lead to further disinflation and slower growth Unemployment coming to a suburb near you Bill Mitchell Scott Baum 10 Jan 8 03 AM 96 With unemployment tipped to rise this year some Australian communities will be hit particularly hard including areas not usually associated with social disadvantage Australia is not the key to China s resource prison Peter Cai 10 Jan 7 12 AM 11 CITIC Pacific executives played

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  • MP stirs pot on SPC aid | 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 MP stirs pot on SPC aid 9 Jan 8 08 AM 1 Politics National Affairs Industries Food and Beverages Economy Australian News Sharman Stone hopes economic interest considered not just dogma 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 A Victorian based federal coalition MP has stirred the party room debate over plans for a 50 million injection to struggling food processor SPC Ardmona according to The Australian Financial Review Ahead of a crucial cabinet meeting to discuss the possibility of funds being directed SPC s way MP Sharman Stone has outlined fears the company could close by the middle of the year if the government shies away from assisting There continue to be some in the cabinet who simply believe that any support for manufacturing somehow interferes with so called free market forces Dr Stone told the AFR I m hoping that the interests of the economy will be considered not just dogma that the facts are considered not misinformation or misrepresentation The issue of government bailouts has been a tense one ever since the Abbott government ignored pleas for help from Holden Australia Holden owner General Motors has since said it will shutter local manufacturing in 2017 Several other struggling companies are also seeking or considering pushing for government assistance including Toyota Australia the Point Henry aluminium smelter and national carrier Qantas Airways Prime Minister Tony Abbott has offered little to suggest the government would help out any struggling business with the observation last month that no country has ever subsidised its way to prosperity Print this page Related articles

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  • BCA plans new economic indicator | Business Spectator
    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 BCA plans new economic indicator 9 Jan 6 12 AM Economy Australian News Business Council of Australia Rio Tinto plan to develop Australian PMI 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 Business Council of Australia is working on a new national economic indicator that will fill a gap in Australian data according to The Australian The report suggests that the BCA has written to its member companies to request support for an Australian Purchasing Managers Index PMI which will be developed with the assistance of miner Rio Tinto and think tank the Melbourne Institute The PMI is a closely watched economic measurement in the United States the eurozone and China Overseas such indices are considered a valuable tool for economists in projecting economic performance acting BCA chief executive Maria Tarrant said in a letter to members according to The Australian The new index will be referred to as the Melbourne Institute Purchasing Managers Index MI PMI Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Abbott to pursue red tape cuts 10 Jan Unemployment coming to a suburb near you 10 Jan Robb casts doubt on handouts 10 Jan Alcoa gives up on aid report 09 Jan A fast to follow

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  • Business targets minimum wage | 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 Business targets minimum wage 9 Jan 5 48 AM 3 Economy Australian News Business groups pushing for modest or deferred increase to minimum wage report 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 Business groups are mounting a case for a subdued increase to the minimum wage this year as economic growth remains moderate and superannuation contributions and penalty rates rise The Australian Financial Review has reported AiGroup and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry have both urged restraint from Fair Work Australia due to the changes hitting employers this year There is a very strong case for moderation and for some industry sectors a case for a minimum wage increase to be deferred until the employment impact on young people is much clearer ACCI chief executive Peter Anderson told the AFR According to the report there have been just three years in the past two decades that haven t seen a lift in the minimum wage Fair Work Australia makes an annual decision on the minimum wage in June which becomes effective at the start of the financial year on July 1 Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Abbott to pursue red tape cuts 10 Jan Unemployment coming to a suburb near you 10 Jan Robb casts doubt on handouts 10 Jan Alcoa gives up on aid report 09 Jan A fast to follow the spending binge More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy R Ambrose Raven Thu 2014 01 09 08 42 Yet we are the richest country in the world per head Read China s shock and ore at the Australian way as to why a good minimum wage is actually a good idea Ron lastName Thu 2014 01 09 11 13 Minimum wage penalty rates cash in hand economy Just

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  • Gas supply fears overhyped: Little | Business Spectator
    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 Gas supply fears overhyped Little 9 Jan 5 03 AM 2 Industries Resources and Energy Climate Economy Australian News Envestra boss Ian Little suggests crisis talk is over the top report 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 head of one of the country s biggest gas distribution companies believes concerns the east coast of Australia is heading toward an imminent gas supply shortage are overhyped according to The Australian Ian Little chief executive of Envestra said there is ample supply to be tapped but customers will just need to get used to paying a little more for it My own view and talking to people in the industry is that there is an enormous reserve for gas in Bass Strait that the Essos and BHPs are holding on to until they get decent prices Mr Little told The Australian While AGL Energy are running around right now looking for gas for contracts that need to be replaced in 2015 they will soon come to the view that you are just going to have to pay up The reserves in the Bass Strait have not been released but are widely considered to be substantial Print this page Related articles 13 Jan BHP faces buyback pressure 13 Jan Indonesia ban no issue Palmer 10 Jan OM Holdings CEO resigns 10 Jan Korea China jostle for Aust resources 10 Jan Fed govt should support Alcoa ALP More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy R Ambrose Raven Thu 2014 01 09 08 01 Although shale gas derived from fracking is not the saviour for the U S that many claim its success depends on exactly the cheap local gas policy especially to its manufacturing sector that our own politicians reject with the honourable exception of the WA Premier Colin Barnett AIG executive director Innes Willox said any gas price subsidy for manufacturers who are being financially crippled by large price rises for natural gas would be controversial and should only be a last resort He did however add that the federal and state governments have to accept the consequences of decisions to approve Queensland s three liquefied natural gas export facilities which connect Australia to the global gas market Note the focus on the

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  • Industry funds lead as super improves | Business Spectator
    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 Industry funds lead as super improves 8 Jan 4 00 PM Economy Australian News Figures show super fund members had their best year since 2007 in FY13 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 AAP Australian superannuation funds have recorded their best performance in seven years as the total worth of the nation s superannuation pool grew to 1 62 trillion The industry wide rate of return for superannuation funds in the year to June 30 2013 was 13 7 per cent the best result since 2007 before the global financial crisis and well ahead of the 10 year average of six per cent Industry superannuation funds recorded the largest increase in asset value last financial year growing by 21 5 per cent to 316 2 billion the latest figures from the regulator the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority APRA show Small funds including self managed superannuation funds SMSFs lifted 15 5 per cent to be worth a total of 506 billion Retail superannuation funds grew assets by 13 9 per cent to a total 421 7 billion Industry funds also showed the strongest rate of return for members recording 14 4 per cent for 2012 13 followed by public sector funds on 14 2 per cent retail funds on 13 1 per cent and corporate funds on 12 3 per cent SMSFs now account for 31 per cent of Australia s superannuation assets the largest portion of any sector Print this

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  • Homeowners lock in rates | Business Spectator
    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 Homeowners lock in rates 7 Jan 1 30 AM 1 Industries Property Economy Australian News Interest Rates Data show borrowers keen on fixed rates as cash rate sits at record low 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 By a staff reporter Demand for fixed rate home loans has surged to levels last seen five years ago as borrowers look to capitalise on a record low cash rate The latest figures from mortgage broker Mortgage Choice show demand for fixed rate home loans lifted to 33 1 per cent in December up from 30 6 per cent in November Such numbers haven t been seen since March 2008 While several economists still expect another rate cut from the Reserve Bank of Australia in coming months talk of rates again being lifted by the end of 2014 appears to have many confident now is the time to lock in the current rates on offer Print this page Related articles 10 Jan Fed s Yellen expects 3 growth 09 Jan ECB holds rates at 0 25 09 Jan BoE keeps rates steady 09 Jan ORIGINAL TEXT Fed minutes 09 Jan Fed taper due to jobs growth minutes More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business

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  • Business optimism at one-year high | Business Spectator
    the highest level since the last quarter of 2011 As a result capital investment and employment intentions have recovered from negative territory to climb above their 10 year averages The survey noted that 13 per cent of firms planned to increase capital spending against 5 per cent expecting a decrease while 15 per cent intend to take on more staff and just 7 per cent anticipate cutting back on employee numbers Danielle Woods Director of Corporate Affairs at Dun Bradstreet said the results indicated an economy on the improve These latest findings further support the picture of an economy that has found its feet following a 2013 of weak and irregular business conditions she said With companies looking ahead with optimism forecasting strong sales and profits and most recently showing a willingness and capacity to borrow money to grow their operations the signs are positive for the new year The sales index within the survey surged to 27 5 points its highest mark in a year while the profits index climbed to 25 points which represents the highest level in two years The new year is starting with business expectations at very optimistic levels Stephen Koukoulas Economic Adviser to Dun Bradstreet said Both sales and profit expectations continue to lift signalling stronger economic growth in the early months of 2014 The employment outlook has also improved markedly suggesting that the unemployment rate may soon start to fall as job creation picks up If there is one cloud on the horizon it is the expected lift in selling prices A stronger economy is no doubt allowing firms to move their prices higher but we are also seeing the impact on inflation from the recent weakness of the Australian dollar In all 24 per cent of businesses are planning to raise the prices of their products and services during the first quarter of the year This is likely to cause the Reserve Bank some concern and is a fundamental factor why we are likely to see a series of interest rate rises during 2014 Mr Koukoulas said Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Abbott to pursue red tape cuts 10 Jan Unemployment coming to a suburb near you 10 Jan Robb casts doubt on handouts 10 Jan Alcoa gives up on aid report 09 Jan A fast to follow the spending binge More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy M C M Tue 2014 01 07 01 30 Oh no Labor missed the bull market again isn t this just so typical Labor get s the bad years and the coalition gets the good years how does it happen every time and even when Labor does get the good years like during the Hawke government then the Hawke government behaves like a liberal government they just can t catch a break

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