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  • Major ASX stocks | Business Spectator
    last night will lead to further disinflation and slower growth Markets ASX ASX Indices Major ASX stocks Markets Spectator Currency ETFs Latest stories Value Investor QBE is still at a premium There is potentially more fallout to come from QBE s ill fated expansion into the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Scoreboard French dip France s head of public audit said the country s debt 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

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/markets/asx/major-asx-stocks (2014-01-12)
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  • Currency | Business Spectator
    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 Currency NZ dollar to pass Aussie HSBC Bank believes Kiwi currency could pass parity with Aust dollar this year 10 53pm January 12 1 comment Aust dollar lifts in late trade Local currency rises ahead of US jobs report 5 26pm January 10 2 comments Aust dollar edges higher at noon Local currency trading a narrow range ahead of US jobs data 1 58pm January 10 Aust dollar lifts in early trade Local currency edges higher remains in tight range ahead of US jobs data 7 42am January 10 Aust dollar gains ground Local unit recovers much of recent losses remains below US 89 cents 5 07am January 10 Aust dollar slips in late trade Local unit falls despite positive local retail sales data 4 58pm January 09 Aust dollar weaker at noon Local currency remains lower despite small rise on retail data 12 36pm January 09 1 comment Aust dollar slips in early trade Local currency weakens after upbeat US jobs report Fed minutes 7 52am January 09 Aust dollar slips on data Strong US jobs figures push local unit slightly lower 3 48am January 09 Aust dollar slightly higher in late trade Local unit trades in tight range ahead of overseas economic data Fed minutes 5 38pm January 08 Aust dollar slightly higher at noon Local currency trading in a tight range ahead of China data Fed

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  • Exchange Traded Funds | Business Spectator
    to cut rates last night will lead to further disinflation and slower growth Markets ASX ASX Indices Major ASX stocks Markets Spectator Currency ETFs Latest stories Value Investor QBE is still at a premium There is potentially more fallout to come from QBE s ill fated expansion into the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Scoreboard French dip France s head of public audit said the country s debt 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

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  • Value Investor: QBE is still at a premium | Business Spectator
    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 Value Investor QBE is still at a premium Stocks In Value 10 Jan 12 30 PM 2 Industries Insurance Markets There is potentially more fallout to come from QBE s ill fated expansion into the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence 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 QBE Insurance Group Ltd has marginally recovered since the December profit downgrade that wiped over 30 per cent off the stock Despite the substantial share price fall an investment at these levels would be speculative We are reluctant to call the bottom in the North American division s performance given its recent history of disappointment We hope the market update last month reflects a thorough and final clearing of the decks but only time will tell if this is the case We need a clean set of numbers and evidence the reserving issues have been addressed to regain confidence in the stock The latest revision was the third downgrade from Chief Executive John Neal due to the underperforming North American business Following its recent strategic and operational review of that business QBE increased its North American claims provision and will write down North American goodwill identifiable intangibles and other assets The update albeit disappointing suggests management is dealing more decisively with legacy issues from its US expansion in 2007 2011 QBE continues to be haunted by former Chief Executive Frank O Halloran s aggressive acquisition strategy Since O Halloran stepped up in 1998 QBE made 125 acquisitions globally spreading its operations across 48 countries and providing insurance to policyholders in more than 140 By acquiring other insurers QBE was able to reduce its risk exposure by diversifying across products and geographic regions The increased scale allowed reinsurance cost efficiencies when measured against gross written premiums However the ill fated expansion into the US from 2007 resulted in large fiscal 2013 reserve top ups lenders placed insurance LPI restricting costs and intangible write downs There is potentially more to come An overpriced acquisition can be devastating to future profitability Before the US acquisitions QBE maintained return on equity ROE at reasonable levels which suggested in aggregate its acquisitions had been fairly priced However since 2009 ROE has deteriorated Figure Return on equity Source QBE StocksInValue QBE is trading close to our fiscal 2014 valuation of 11 48 but given its history

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  • Scoreboard: French dip | Business Spectator
    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 Scoreboard French dip Craig James 10 Jan 7 46 AM Markets France s head of public audit said the country s debt had reached a danger zone adding to a generally weak day for European markets 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 In US economic news monthly chain store sales rose 3 7 per cent in December after increasing by 2 1 per cent in November US jobless claims fell by 15 000 to 330 000 in the past week The European Central Bank left its main interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0 25 per cent on Thursday ECB President Mario Draghi was cautious about the European economic recovery and hinted that there may be down revisions in inflation forecasts However he did say the risks surrounding the economic outlook for the euro area continue to be on the downside and that eurozone economic activity should benefit from a gradual strengthening of demand for exports European shares were weaker on Thursday hit by a warning over France s debt level Didier Migaud head of the French public audit office said French national debt had reached a danger zone France s CAC was the worst performing market falling 0 8 per cent Italy s FTSE MIB outperformed with a rise of 0 3 per cent The FTSEurofirst 300 index fell by 0 4 per cent with the UK FTSE lower by 0 5 per cent and the German Dax fell by 0 8 per cent Mining shares were weaker with BHP Billiton shares down 2 2 per cent in London trade while Rio Tinto fell by 2 4 per cent US share markets declined on Thursday as investors waited for the key non farm payrolls figures released on Friday The upbeat jobless claims figures added to uncertainty on how aggressively the US Federal Reserve may taper stimulus With an hour of trade left the Dow

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  • Politics | Business Spectator
    Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Politics Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws 2 hours ago Federal MP Clive Palmer says his party will stand at next Qld election Israel s Sharon dead at 85 12 Jan 11 22 PM Former Israel PM dies after eight years in coma leaves complex legacy Vic energy minister to step down 12 Jan 11 16 PM Nicholas Kotsiras decision allows potential leader Matthew Guy to move to lower house Trade pact is close Robb 12 Jan 11 09 PM Trade minister says 12 nation deal almost ready to be sealed Robb casts doubt on handouts 10 Jan 7 15 AM Trade minister suggests company requests for funds may be met with deaf ear report Howes welcomes ALP Greens break 10 Jan 7 13 AM Union leader warns Labor on future arrangements with fringe political parties EU approves Snowden hearing 10 Jan 3 17 AM EU Parliament committee gives all clear to hear Snowden speak Cabinet wary on SPC funding 10 Jan 1 52 AM Senior MPs concerned about precedent of aid for food processor report Senate inquiry into audit to hold hearing 9 Jan 4 03 PM Commission due to deliver interim report before end of month Minimum wage prevents working poor Labor 9 Jan 3 14 PM Shorten makes comments in response to calls for minimum wage increase to be deferred SPC fight highlights Lib division Shorten 9 Jan 3 06 PM Oppn Leader says government is unsure of what it wants to do ALP Greens to end Tas deal 9 Jan 8 37 AM State Labor branch eyes end of power sharing alliance vow never to repeat it MP stirs pot on SPC aid 9 Jan 8 08 AM Sharman Stone hopes economic interest considered not just dogma GM asked to give up Holden 8 Jan 11 42 PM SA premier to ask if car giant could offload Aust brand to rival Qld urges federal state overhaul 8 Jan 3 37 PM Submission to Commission of Audit calls for changes to funding arrangements The Spectators Gagging visas are an attack on democracy Rob Burgess 9 Jan 8 29 AM 108 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 Stephen Fay 9 Jan 6 38 AM 8 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 Abbott s deadly dilemma on electoral reform Rob Burgess 8 Jan 8 19 AM 75 Tony Abbott finds himself in a tug of war between keeping the minor party dominated Senate pushing through his policies and implementing genuine electoral reforms to prevent the gaming of preferences

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  • Australian Election | Business Spectator
    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 Australian Election Abbott s deadly dilemma on electoral reform Tony Abbott finds himself in a tug of war between keeping the minor party dominated Senate pushing through his policies and implementing genuine electoral reforms to prevent the gaming of preferences by Rob Burgess 8 19am January 08 75 comments A hideous beast awaits Abbott s return Tony Abbott could find his weak grasp on the upper house slip through his fingers if the steep post election drop in Coalition support out West is carried into a Senate re run by Rob Burgess 8 22am January 07 63 comments Abbott s friendly Senate hangs in the balance Even after the Western Australian recount six right wing non major parties still hold the balance of power in the Senate But the impending High Court challenge could change all that by Robert Gottliebsen 7 03am December 18 31 comments Income tax has to go up The Coalition has made little headway in cleaning up Labor s structural deficit and nipping and tucking the budget won t offset election spending commitments by Alan Kohler 8 14am December 16 218 comments Abbott s nightmare is unfolding in WA Tony Abbott is likely sweating bullets with the threat of a new half Senate election in Western Australia It could cost him his friendly Senate and derail the carbon tax repeal by Rob Burgess 9 08am December 10 44 comments Inquiry to look at e voting Senate voting changes also on the agenda in election review 11 49pm December 09 3 comments ALP warned on insolvency report Expensive campaigns have left Labor with very few assets left to borrow against 5 47am November 12 25 comments Labor will make comeback Howard Former Liberal PM warns his party not to take Labor s loss for granted 7 35am October 23 8 comments Bryce offered Abbott resignation PM says he denied Governor General s offer to quit ahead of ALP ballot 6 12am October 14 1 comment Muir Palmer in Senate alliance PUP Motoring Enthusiasts to vote together WA senate recount ordered 11 54am October 10 Shorten expected to win Labor race Despite grassroots support for Albanese Shorten seen winning Labor caucus 3 46am October 10 4 comments Abbott has won control of the Senate Australia will now see its most stable government in a decade with the six independent and minor party senators who hold the balance of power overwhelmingly in favour of Coalition policy by Robert Gottliebsen 7 41am October 09 69 comments Brandis to repay travel expenses AG to pay back 1700 in expenses he claimed to travel to shock jock s wedding 6 58am September 30 6 comments Palmer on track to win seat

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  • Federal Budget | Business Spectator
    Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Federal Budget Hockey defends MYEFO forecasts 18 Dec 2013 8 12 AM Treasurer denies suggestions he padded numbers to bolster case for cuts ALP warns of more cuts business urges reform 17 Dec 2013 2 50 PM Shadow treasurer warns Hockey is softening up public for more budget cuts Govt confirms car funding cuts 17 Dec 2013 12 46 PM MYEFO confirms cut in assistance to automotive industry from FY2015 Shorten urges govt on MYEFO motor support 17 Dec 2013 9 27 AM Oppn leader says Abbott government should take responsibility for fixing the budget Defence project may need 1bn bailout 17 Dec 2013 7 25 AM Govt may have to inject cash into nation s largest defence project report MYEFO to flag 120bn of deficits 17 Dec 2013 3 15 AM Treasurer Joe Hockey set to outline four years of deficits spending cuts ahead Govt spending to blame for deficit Bowen 16 Dec 2013 1 13 PM Shadow treasurer says expected 50bn deficit due to govt spending PM warns of decade of deficits 16 Dec 2013 8 40 AM Federal deficit expected to blow out to 50bn in MYEFO on slowing growth Tighter budget rules needed CIS 12 Dec 2013 2 02 AM Think tank calls for independent fiscal commission to replace PBO Nation s net worth fell since 2008 11 Dec 2013 12 10 PM Govt figures show liabilities outweigh assets after Labor terms GFC MYEFO to show budget pain Hockey 10 Dec 2013 11 59 PM Treasurer says Dec 17 review will show state of books govt inherited Govt spending outstrips growth PBO 10 Dec 2013 3 11 PM PBO finds increase in spending on health social security and GFC stimulus Morgan Stanley warns on SMSF crisis 10 Dec 2013 7 26 AM Group s Aust boss says budget deficits to linger fears property risk for SMSFs Hockey works miracle deal PM 5 Dec 2013 11 26 PM Abbott praises treasurer as debt ceiling to be scrapped next week Budget is deteriorating Hockey 4 Dec 2013 11 37 PM Economy stuck in second gear leaving budget facing challenges The Spectators Joe needs a revenue Hockey stick Stephen Bartholomeusz 17 Dec 2013 4 32 PM 28 Deep cuts won t get Joe Hockey out of a budget hole Today s MYEFO statement was designed to rebuild trust in economic management and get business to start investing and spending again Income tax has to go up Alan Kohler 16 Dec 2013 8 14 AM 218 The Coalition has made little headway in cleaning up Labor s structural deficit and nipping and tucking the budget won t offset election spending commitments Christopher Pyne s good day at the office Michelle Grattan 3 Dec 2013 7 02 AM 32 Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne flipped the switch off on Gonski then back on The move leaves them both looking dodgy while the future of

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