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Risk in spring property market

Michael Bleby, Mark Mulligan, Alana Schetzer

A fertile mix of more houses on the market and buyers faced with a Christmas deadline gives birth to a strong spring market. But there are concerns the spring frenzy could push property markets into dangerous territory.

Clock ticks on cheap tickets

Jamie Freed

The end is in sight for ever cheaper airfares and empty planes with both major Australian domestic airlines saying the battle for customers is too bruising.

Banks demand bail-out protection

James Eyers

Australia’s largest banks have warned that forcing their creditors to wear losses in a crisis could potentially exacerbate a downturn.

CSR says smaller businesses unfairly hit

Shaun Drummond

Building supplier CSR says smaller businesses are being unfairly slugged for credit card fees paid to banks to encourage them to issue cards to their customers.

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Comment & Analysis

Weekend Feature

Markets Live: Adieu, earnings season

Patrick Commins, Jens Meyer Live

Shares squeak ahead after volatile final day of earnings season, led up by Transfield and Harvey Norman, with Woolies sold off despite strong profit growth, while NAB jumps on a US asset spin-off.

In Depth

Open Sesame for biggest-ever IPO

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba reports more profit than Amazon and Ebay combined ahead of its IPO, mooted to become the biggest in US history.

Trading Room

Motley Fool

How to avoid crooks, commissions and conflicts

Scott Phillips

If you're going to enlist a financial planner, using this list will give you a better than average chance of finding a good one -- and adding meaningfully to your wealth.

Business News Wire


Shares finish flat in August


A dividend extravaganza has failed to spark a fresh rally on the Australian sharemarket, with investors ultimately unconvinced by companies during reporting season.

Search Quotes & Charts

The Economy

Capex data points to in-line GDP growth

Mark Mulligan

Business investment was stronger than expected in the June quarter, giving weight to Reserve Bank of Australia assumptions for second-quarter gross domestic product growth of 0.4 per cent.


Banking & Finance

Mining & Resources

Whitehaven coal boss lashes 'green imperialism'

Amanda Saunders

Whitehaven Coal boss Paul Flynn says the coal industry should fight harder against the global campaign urging investors to dump investments in fossil fuels, which he labels "green imperialism at its worst".

Atlas slashes costs after iron ore slump

Amanda Saunders

Atlas Iron is sprinting to cut costs, with a 35 per cent decline in the iron ore price this year pushing the Pilbara junior uncomfortably close to its break-even cost level of ''mid to low $US80'' ($85.50) a tonne.

World Business

Malaysia Airlines to delist, cut 6000 jobs

Su-Lin Tan

Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional will delist and restructure Malaysia Airlines as part of an overhaul plan that includes the loss of 6000 jobs.


Property Focus

Executive Style


Five secrets to getting rich

Alexandra Cain

Small changes can lead to big increases in how much your investments return, writes Alexandra Cain.

Small Business

Business Video

Business Week that was

Qantas shareholders have been amazingly patient with a board and CEO who moved too slowly to control the things they can control and too fast to blow money on Jetstar’s Asian ambitions.