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Stock information is displayed on an electronic board inside the Australian Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd., in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, July 24, 2015. The Australian dollar slumped last week as a gauge of Chinese manufacturing unexpectedly contracted, aggravating the impact of declines in copper and iron ore prices. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

need2know: Positive Wall St lead

Local shares are poised to open higher, lifted by gains on Wall Street as the Fed signalled it's nowhere near abandoning its stimulus efforts.

"The committee decided that it was prudent to wait for additional information," the Fed said in the latest meeting minutes.

US close to higher rates, says Fed

The Fed thought the economy was close to warranting an interest rate hike in September but policymakers decided it was prudent to wait.

Some of Australia's largest coal fired power plants will need to be replaced within the next 10 years, says Westinghouse.

Nuclear relishing coal's demise

Angela Macdonald-Smith and Jenny Wiggins

Nuclear technology giant Westinghouse sees the retirement of old coal-fired power plants in Australia as big opportunity.

A recent "Four Corners" and Fairfax investigation exposed the underpayment of workers in 7-Eleven franchises.

7-Eleven changes fail to win franchisees

Adele Fergson, Sarah Danckert and Damien Murphy

7-Eleven offers to radically recast its business model but many franchisees are not buying the deal.

Professor Kevin Davis says banks focused on customer interests shouldn't worry about ASIC getting new powers.

Calls grow for financial inquiry response

James Eyers

Financial system inquiry panel member Kevin Davis wants Treasurer Scott Morrison to release the government's response and says banks serving customer interests should not fear new ASIC powers.


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Where's the housing bubble at?

The biggest driver of housing prices is employment growth, so it's hard to see Sydney slowing much while jobs are not. Michael Pascoe comments.

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Insider trader's $7m 'less than a drop'

Former NAB banker Lukas Kamay.
Mark Russell

The $7 million pocketed by the mastermind behind Australia's biggest insider trader scam didn't affect the market says his lawyer..



Wall St rallies on commodity shares

All of the S&P 500's 10 main industries rose Thursday, with energy adding to its longest rally in six years.
Joseph Ciolli, Lu Wang and Dani Burger

US stocks rose as Fed minutes reflected caution over raising interest rates even as the economy improves.

Fourth round of bond buys a possibility

George Goncalves, head of interest-rate strategy in New York at Nomura Holdings: "We went from people trying to guess how many hikes we'd have in 2015, to will we hike in 2015, to will we ever hike, to will we do QE."
Wes Goodman and Daniel Kruger

One of the world's largest bond dealers says there's increasing chatter about the need for additional Fed stimulus.

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The Economy

Hillary Clinton comes out against TPP

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton brushes off a lady bug on Wednesday.
Anne Gearan and David Nakamura

US presidential candidate would not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) based on what she knows of the deal so far.

Banking & Finance

Morrison open to Shorten's $10b fund

IFM Investors chief executive Brett Himbury is pleased to see all sides of politics tuning in to new ways to boost infrastructure investment.
Sally Rose

Treasurer Scott Morrison has left open the door to supporting Labor's plan to turn Infrastructure Australia into a project facilitator with a $10 billion budget.

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World Business

Amazon goes handicraft

Etsy's success has proven that a lucrative market exists for knitted socks, upscale pet furniture and a plethora of other handmade merchandise.
Hiroko Tabuchi

The e-commerce giant enters the handcrafted-goods ring, opening an arts-and-crafts bazaar online to tap a niche but growing market.


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Property Focus

Investors target childcare centres: agents

A Melbourne-based private investor outbid five other potential purchasers at the auction of a Thornbury childcare centre, with a final bid of $1.83 million on a tight 3.89 per cent yield.
Philip Hopkins

Investors are increasingly buying childcare centres, driven by strong government support for the sector, population growth and sharemarket volatility, according to commercial agents.

Battle for ANI REIT heats up

ANI's asset leased to Australia Post at 6 Macdonald Road, Ingleburn, NSW is in the portfolio being sought after by 360 Capital Industrial Fund.
Carolyn Cummins

South African-based investors Redefine and Pivotal have emerged as the new mystery bidders in the long-running takeover attempts for control of the Australian Industrial REIT.

Executive Style


Red flags surround robo 'advice'


Bank executives are among those getting excited about the use of "robo-advice" to cross-sell their products to their customers.

Small Business

Is envy killing your career?

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James Adonis

There are two types of this deadly sin and one of them risks getting you into real trouble at work.

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Pascoe: Where's the housing bubble at?

The biggest driver of housing prices is employment growth, so it's hard to see Sydney slowing much while jobs are not. Michael Pascoe comments.