Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Why PPSA leasing legislation is choking the hire industry

Adele Ferguson This is a form for the sake of a form – the very definition of red tape. The government must act.

Time for retailers to shine

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Adele Ferguson Retailers are getting some seriously favourable treatment from policy and economic conditions.

Federal Budget 2015: Cash splash part of a economic masquerade

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Adele Ferguson It is a cash splash limited only by the imagination. It will cost billions of dollars and it is the centrepiece of the Abbott Government's get- out-of-jail card to shore up votes ahead of an election...

FSC calls for independent body to oversee financial planning sector

Financial Services Council chief executive Sally Loane:

Adele Ferguson The Financial Services Council has called for the creation of a powerful independent body to oversee the financial planning sector.

Victims unimpressed at NAB exit plan for UK

If NAB can't find a buyer for its Clydesdale Bank in the UK, a spin-off will be on the cards.

Mathew Dunckley and Adele Ferguson Victims of National Australia Bank's British subsidiary have greeted the news that the bank will be sold with skepticism.

NAB is cleaning up its mess – but it hurts

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Adele Ferguson After a series of scandals and losses, a damning parliamentary report and a damaged reputation, National Australia Bank has put the white flag up in Britain. But it will come at a big cost.

The clock is ticking for Woolworths to save itself

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Adele Ferguson If Woolworths was hoping its first strategy day in four years would restore confidence in a company that has lost its way, it failed.

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Casualties of CBA's rogue advisers still waiting for proper explanation

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Adele Ferguson CBA set up a flawed, highly questionable and massively unfair compensation scheme for victims.

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Victims of financial advice have waited long enough

Victims of bad financial advice Danielle Wilkie, left, and Veronica Coulston.

Adele Ferguson Forgery, fraud, lives ruined and an industry that is suffering from a crisis in confidence has put the spotlight on the financial services sector.

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Senate inquiry: Pain must prompt change in financial planning

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Adele Ferguson If one message came out of the Senate hearing into financial misconduct, it affects too many lives, has caused too much pain and is too important to be swept under the carpet.

Compensation scheme needed for financial planning victims say Senators Sam Dastyari and Nick Xenophon

Senator Xenophon said a draft proposal for the scheme would be released in the next month.

Adele Ferguson A compensation scheme of last resort to help victims of financial misconduct is being revisited as a way to help protect customers and repair the crisis of confidence plaguing the financial planning...

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Banks' rotten financial planning structure is teetering

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Adele Ferguson ANZ bank's revelation that it misled customers by charging them for advice they didn't receive is appalling but not surprising.

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More questions over NAB culture after huge Clydesdale fine

The scandals at Clydesdale raise more questions about NAB's behaviour at home.

Adele Ferguson NAB’s behaviour in Britain raises broader questions about its culture in Australia.

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CBA funds defamation action against consumer advocate Michael Fraser

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Adele Ferguson A legal action funded by Commonwealth Bank should send shivers down the spines of whistleblowers around the country.

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Banks coy on appearing together before financial planning scandal inquiry

Banks are resisting mandatory participation in the comprehensive credit reporting regime.

Adele Ferguson The bosses of the country’s six biggest financial planning institutions won't have to appear together before the Scrutiny of Financial Advice inquiry.

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Life insurance industry failing to heal itself

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Adele Ferguson A controversial report into the $40 billion life insurance industry has questions hanging over its integrity.

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Slater & Gordon's British foray carries injury risk

Adele Ferguson Slater & Gordon’s purchase of a personal injury law firm in Britain at a price just shy of its market capitalisation will give it a massive short-term sugar hit, but longer term the aftertaste...

Insurers unsure on life beyond churn

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Adele Ferguson Within hours of a key review's release, the industry started fighting with itself.

More woes for National Australia Bank as Senator Sam Dastyari enlists British help

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Adele Ferguson National Australia Bank's nightmare is about to deepen as Senator Sam Dastyari seeks co-operation from the British parliament.

Handle with care: Tony Abbott must tread carefully with Ian Harper's report

Adele Ferguson When Professor Ian Harper hits the send button on the final report on his wide-reaching competition policy he should include a warning notice to the Abbott government to "handle with care".

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