The ability to exert influence in public life is not easy, whether someone is in a prominent position or not.
Adele Ferguson The Australian sharemarket ranks as one of the worst performers relative to its global equity market peers in 2014, amid a softening economy and dramatic falls in oil and iron ore prices.
Adele Ferguson You can almost hear the sultans of spin doctoring reworking their diaries over the holiday break to meet the new Minister for Financial Services Josh Frydenberg, who will be "immersing" himself in...
Adele Ferguson When the Abbott Government shuffled the ministry at the weekend he should have blackballed himself as minister for women.
Adele Ferguson The financial planning industry is set for a massive overhaul of its education standards, level of professionalism and ethics, after a powerful set of recommendations by the Parliamentary Joint...
Adele Ferguson International cosmetics giant Sephora has gone into damage control amid a customer backlash over revelations it is flouting promises that it would not engage in price gouging.
Adele Ferguson Global cosmetics giant Sephora claimed its arrival marked the end of price gouging in Australia, but it's not living up to its promises of lower prices in Australia.
Adele Ferguson Corporate Australia would do well to study the way supermarket giant Coles handled explosive allegations of “unconscionable conduct” that will include a review of up to 220 suppliers with...
Adele Ferguson An all-cast press conference is symbolic of the approach Malcolm Turnbull has taken to ensure the $41 billion NBN gets built faster, cheaper and with minimal fuss.
Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams Thousands of victims of collapsed agribusiness spruiker Timbercorp have been given a four-week reprieve from the threat of being served a writ to repay a combined $394 million in loans owed to...
Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams Timbercorp bought back several million dollars worth of projects from favoured investors while staff and the public were given the hard sell to buy the company's investments, Fairfax Media...
Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams Authorities are investigating members of an alleged "fake debt bankruptcy fraud ring" accused of using sham debts to shield millions of dollars in assets from Timbercorp creditors and investors.
Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams For Timbercorp, the key to moving product was 'inciting' financial planners and accountants to push the schemes on their clients – with the help of fat commissions and a range of other...
Adele Ferguson The success or failure of the Murray inquiry's recommendations will depend on the government, the industry and the regulator’s appetite for change.
Adele Ferguson A month after the Abbott government unveiled details of a national public register to track financial planners amid a crisis of confidence following a series of scandals, Treasury has watered the...
Adele Ferguson and Ruth Williams Days after losing the battle to dilute financial advice reforms, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann is being accused of breaking a promise to victims of the fraud-ridden Trio Capital.
Adele Ferguson Timbercorp’s liquidators have applied to the court to remove Sydney insolvency specialist Andrew Wily as bankruptcy trustee of banned financial adviser Peter Holt.
Adele Ferguson The reshaping of the BHP Billiton empire, including its latest commitment to cut $US2.6 billion a year in costs and make other productivity gains, should be a clarion call to mining contractors that...
Adele Ferguson With its hardware business Masters struggling, Woolworths has got some serious soul-searching to do.
Adele Ferguson After losing the battle to windback financial advice laws, Senator Mathias Cormann will need to carefully consider how he reacts to a report from an industry working group into the professional,...
Adele Ferguson The Coalition was always on a kamikaze mission when it decided to back the big end of town over consumers amid a series of financial planning scandals that exposed series flaws in the system.