Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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More shocks than stocks as brokers take a belting and the phones stop ringing

Adele Ferguson Bill Shorten and some key federal politicians are about to be lobbied hard and loud by Australia's retail brokers who are fighting for their lives against a backdrop of depressed trading volumes,...

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Stockbrokers to lobby politicians in battle against tougher regulations

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Adele Ferguson Bill Shorten and some key federal politicians are about to be lobbied hard and loud by Australia's retail brokers.

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ASIC win a fillip for new boss Medcraft

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Adele Ferguson ASIC and its new boss Greg Medcraft should take heart from its win in court against Centro to take on other big and complicated corporate cases.

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It's all but cheers to Foster's as global beer economics scales new heights

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Adele Ferguson Two private equity operators are hoping some of the Foster's Group takeover dust comes their way as they crank up the search for a strategic partner for alcopop group Independent Liquor.

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Suitable suitors sought: prefer lots of cash but all proposals will be considered

Adele Ferguson As the board of Foster's Group awaits the next move in the multi-billion-dollar takeover battle for the country's biggest beer company, two private equity operators are hoping some of the takeover...

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Telstra's birthday present for the PM

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Adele Ferguson The Telstra-NBN deal delivers a result that will cheer Julia Gillard as she marks a year in the top job. Prepare for the roll-out to accelerate.

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Finally some relief for Alan Joyce

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Adele Ferguson As Qantas stares down the barrel of industrial action, its boss Alan Joyce gave shareholders some cause for relief with a surprise update on its profit guidance for the full year.

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A sale could leave bitter taste for some

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Adele Ferguson WHEN the Foster's Group chairman David Crawford split the wine and beer business, he effectively put up the ''for sale'' sign.

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Just a matter of time before brewer is swallowed up

Adele Ferguson When Foster's Group chairman David Crawford split the wine and beer business in two he effectively put up the ''for sale'' sign.

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SABMiller move puts Foster's in play

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Adele Ferguson It is game on for Foster's Group, with an improved takeover offer in the bag and the potential to flush out other interested parties.

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ASX deeply unsettled as competitor moves to end share trade monopoly

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Adele Ferguson As the world counts down until the end of the month for the outcome of the London Stock Exchange's bid for Toronto Stock Exchange, investors in the Australian Stock Exchange were digesting news a new...

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ASX revenues under fresh threat from competition in clearing and settlement

Adele Ferguson As the world counts down until the end of the month for the outcome of the London Stock Exchange's bid for Toronto Stock Exchange, investors in the ASX are digesting news that a new competitor is...

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Outsider to the rescue at Leighton

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Adele Ferguson The appointment of a chief risk officer to Leighton plays to serious shareholder concerns about risk recognition failures, the need to strengthen the bench, and the need to start getting some good...

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Industry groups have a question for government: who watches the taxman?

Adele Ferguson In the next 10 days the Gillard government will receive a report from a consulting panel recommending the establishment of an independent advisory body to monitor the most powerful body in the land -...

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Independent? Hardly, if tax supremo heads his own board of advisers

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Adele Ferguson The Gillard government will soon receive a report recommending the monitoring of the most powerful body in the land - the ATO.

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Fear grips investors as rumblings of doom infect global markets

Adele Ferguson With drumbeat of doom and gloom banging loudly on global economies, it is little surprise that investors are bailing out of equities and currency markets.

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As Greece struggles the only thing going up is the fear index

Adele Ferguson With the drumbeat of doom and gloom banging loudly over the global economy, it is little surprise that investors are baling out of equities and currency markets.

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Markets gripped by fear

Protesters run away from  tear gas canister and a burning barricade during clashes with riot police in Athens' central Syntagma (Constitution) Square June 15, 2011.

Adele Ferguson Local investors have been spooked by the bad news coming out of Greece, demonstrating once again it doesn't take much to prick their fragile confidence.

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CommBank runs the ruler over vulnerable insurer

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Eric Johnston, Adele Ferguson THE chief executive of Commonwealth Bank, Ralph Norris, last year ran the ruler over the Insurance Australia Group, the nation's biggest home and car insurer, with a view to a possible $7...

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For an insurer under pressure, it might be a good idea to motor down to Victoria

Adele Ferguson As analysts take the knife to profit forecasts for Australia's big insurers for this year and next, and investors flick the stock, corporate activity within the sector could be set for a feast.