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Iron ore plunges 4.3% to new five-year low

Iron ore retreated to the lowest level in more than five years as a slowdown in China hurt the outlook for demand in the world’s biggest user while the largest mining companies add to supply, boosting a surplus.

Singtel-Optus chief challenges Telstra

David Ramli

SingTel-Optus' new chief executive Allen Lew has pledged to break Telstra's mobile service dominance and build the nation's leading network in a move that could trigger a multibillion-dollar construction arms race.

Tax Uber, Airbnb urges Andrew Leigh

NASSIM KHADEM

Regulators need to stop online companies such as Uber and Airbnb – as well as people using their services – from dodging their tax obligations, says Labor assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh.

Oil and gas 'need $US170 billion in cuts'

Angela Macdonald-Smith

The global oil and gas industry needs to cut costs by at least $US170 billion to avoid an increase in net debt, according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

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In Depth

Greece's anti-austerity message

Greece sent a warning to the rest of Europe as the left-wing Syriza party won a decisive victory in national elections.

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Buy Australian. I did

Scott Phillips

Being brave in the face of uncertainty can help you reap rewards, especially if it's made in Australia.

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Markets

$A drops below 79 US cents

Will Willitts

The Australian dollar sinking as speculation of an earlier-than-expected interest rate cut from the RBA gains pace.

Wall Street dips on UPS, miners

US stocks fell on Friday, pressured by underwhelming corporate news including guidance from economic activity bellwether UPS and as materials stocks fell after bearish research notes.

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The Economy

Why private health insurance is so expensive

Jessica Gardner

For private health insurance customers who cannot understand why their premiums are set to rise at triple the rate of inflation, the experience of CUA Health may shed some light.

Retail

Woolworths punting on private label brands for David Jones

Sue Mitchell

David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes will be facing off soon against Joan Smalls, one of the world’s highest-paid models, when the department store chain’s new owner, South African retailer Woolworths, introduces a slew of private label brands.

Frank Costa flags overseas sale for Costa Group

John Stensholt

Frank Costa says his Costa Group could be the latest agricultural company to be sold to overseas interests, after Australia’s largest grower and distributor of fruit and vegetables confirmed it is up for sale.

Banking & Finance

ANZ to raise $750m hybrid capital

Jonathan Shapiro

ANZ Banking Group has announced plans to issue $750 million of capital notes in what is likely to be the first ASX listed hybrid of 2014.

Mining & Resources

World Business

Greek elections send message to Europe

Greece appeared to reject the punishing economics of austerity and sent a warning signal to the rest of Europe as the left-wing Syriza party won a decisive victory in national elections.

China

Property Focus

Home approvals jump to record

Australian approvals to build new homes surged to a record high in November as high-rise living becomes ever more fashionable and affordable.

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Small Business

Do you have a terrorism plan?

Kate Jones

Businesses are being urged to assess their security measures in the wake of the Sydney siege and Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Organic wine back on Chinese tables

Gayle Bryant

After bureaucracy temporarily stopped Temple Bruer exporting to China, it is ramping up sales now to this lucrative market.

Business Video

What's the flight path for Qantas?

Matt O'Sullivan, author of Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course, explains the challenges for the flying kangaroo.

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