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Alarm bells are ringing: As the financial disclaimer goes, 'past performance is no guarantee'. And that can apply to dividends, too.

For whom the dividend warning bell tolls

Scott Phillips

As the financial disclaimer goes: 'past performance is no guarantee'. That can apply to dividends, too, as shareholders of BHP and the big four banks may soon find out..


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CEO wants $83m-plus for diamond

The type-IIa stone, just smaller than a tennis ball, is the biggest unearthed since the 3106-carat Cullinan gem found in South Africa in 1905.

How much does the head of the company that unearthed the second-biggest ever diamond want for the gem? More than $83 million, that's all he'll say.



need2know: BHP falls in London

Australian shares lost more than 6 per cent in June, as global markets plunged over worries surrounding the Greek debt crisis and turmoil in China.

Local shares are poised to open higher as base metal prices lift on hopes China may buy some surplus supply, although BHP fell 2.4% in London.

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IOOF feels heat from shareholders

IOOF chief executive Chris Kelaher confirmed the company is the subject of an investigation by ASIC.
Sarah Danckert

IOOF has been lambasted at its annual meeting by its shareholders for not doing proper due diligence on businesses it acquired that the company says now are the root of its troubles.

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Strata office values soar

A showroom at 11-19 Bank Place in the CBD sold for $1.9 million.
Nicole Lindsay

Strata office prices in a Flinders Lane building have doubled in two years as buyers snap up property in Melbourne's CBD.

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Hot Stock: KFC owner taking flight 

KFC is the best-known brand for Collins Foods.
Greg Smith

​Collins Foods' KFC business now represents around 85 percent of total income, and has performed strongly in the past financial year.

Time for a new type of age pension

The age pension of the future will probably be less generous than now.
Richard Livingston

If there was a new "elderly pension" for people in their 90s and beyond, retirees could plan much better.

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Advice from Lang Walker

Maybe investors in CBD commercial property should be a little concerned as Lang Walker is out to make his biggest sale yet. MIchael Pascoe comments.