Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Is this the start of a brutal new era of IR?

Adele Ferguson A chill wind blew across the union movement last night when Alan Joyce and the board of Qantas took the unprecedented step of grounding flights indefinitely and locking out the many thousands of...

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Qantas union stoush heats up

Qantas says its flights have returned to normal.

Adele Ferguson Qantas boss Alan Joyce cranked up the war with the unions tonight when he grounded all domestic and international Qantas flights and locked out staff from 8pm on Monday.

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Share buybacks indicate property trusts may soon be trusted again

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Adele Ferguson The listed property trust sector is bracing for a big shake-up in the next six months.

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A fall in interest rates will tip the balance of benefit towards property trust yields

Adele Ferguson After a slow year, the listed property trust sector is bracing for a shake-up in the next six months as a new Centro property vehicle is expected to muscle its way into the sector and a bevy of...

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Let the games begin now the two-strikes rule opens boards to challenge over pay

Adele Ferguson There is no coincidence that the Occupy Wall Street protest against income disparity is spreading across the world and arrived in Sydney at the weekend as protesters gathered outside the Reserve Bank...

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CEOs not enjoying the payback from shareholders

Adele Ferguson There is no coincidence that the Occupy Wall Street protest against income disparity is spreading like wildfire throughout the world and arrived in Sydney over the weekend as protesters gathered...

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Just add political will in NSW and all ingredients are there to reform public assets

Adele Ferguson If the speculation is right and the NSW government receives a report at the end of the month recommending full-scale privatisation of $40 billion worth of NSW electricity assets, it will put grease...

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Electricity network selloff may give infrastructure the kick-start it needs

Adele Ferguson If the New South Wales government receives a report recommending full-scale privatisation of $40 billion worth of electricity assets, it will grease the wheels of a sector that has almost ground to a...

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As it drafts an overhaul for brewing, SABMiller tunes in to the tax debate

Adele Ferguson A flat tax on alcohol would simplify the tax system and change the economics of the entire industry.

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A flat tax on alcohol could be a heady prospect for the new owners of Foster's

Adele Ferguson As SABMiller mulls over the many ways it can extract hundreds of millions of dollars in efficiencies from the Foster's Group - including overhauling its Victorian and NSW breweries - it will have one...

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Senator uses privilege to point a finger and force ASIC's hand

Adele Ferguson Senator John Williams has put the spotlight back on ASIC, using parliamentary privilege to do so.

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Commission's inaction leaves insolvency industry free from adequate regulation

Adele Ferguson As the Gillard government digests a set of submissions on how to clean up the insolvency industry after a Senate inquiry found the Australian Securities and Investments Commission was not regulating...

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It's risky to have one dominant third-party clearer handling so many settlements

Adele Ferguson Australia's biggest third-party clearer for retail stockbrokers and shadow brokers is about to get a new owner after its Dallas parent, Penson Worldwide, hawked it around after getting itself into...

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The sale of Penson should usher in caution over concentration risks

Adele Ferguson Australia's biggest third-party clearer for retail stockbrokers and shadow brokers is about to get a new owner.

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Super in the spotlight

Adele Ferguson Australia's $1.3 trillion superannuation industry is set for its biggest overhaul in two decades.

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Superannuation industry could be in for a sea change, but how deep will APRA dive?

Adele Ferguson Australia's $1.3 trillion superannuation industry is facing its biggest overhaul in two decades, with the imminent release of an issues paper set to recommend greater powers be given to the financial...

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Risky side effects exposed in move to free up funding for class actions

Adele Ferguson Love them or hate them, class actions - and the litigation funders that bankroll them - have become part of the corporate fabric.

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Danger in throwing the licensing baby out with the bathwater for class actions

Adele Ferguson Love them or hate them, class actions - and the litigation funders that bankroll them - have become part of the corporate fabric.

Welcome to the bear pit: Sims steps into the spotlight

Adele Ferguson When Rod Sims stood at the podium last Saturday morning to deliver his inaugural speech, Future Directions, he skilfully avoided the politically charged topic of how the Australian Competition and...

Key investors eye Leighton class action

First mover

Adele Ferguson Some key institutional investors are believed to be keen to take part in a $400m shareholder class action against Leighton Holdings.