Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Adele Ferguson

Third-party clearing an issue that should be addressed in ASX review

Adele Ferguson When global equities clearing house Penson Worldwide sustained a massive 40 per cent fall in its shares last week after disclosing some troubles with horse-track-backed bonds, it put the focus...

Bendigo's community spirit has a hefty price

Adele Ferguson, Rafael Epstein When retired auditor John Williams doesn't like what he see or hears, he crunches numbers. And when it comes to Bendigo and Adelaide Bank's community bank model, he has been crunching a lot of...

Franchise bank model turns sour

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Rafael Epstein, Adele Ferguson When retired auditor John Williams doesn't like what he hears, he crunches numbers.

Investors query struggling Bendigo Bank branches

Raphael Epstein, Adele Ferguson ONCE hailed as the financial saviour of small towns, Bendigo Bank is under attack from local residents as their branches struggle to survive and communities subsidise the bank's rapid plans for...

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Battering looms for Qantas brand

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Adele Ferguson The on-again, off-again industrial action threatened by unions at Qantas will leave the airline's brand battered even if every flight goes to schedule

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No joy for Joyce as he maps a flight path through heavy union turbulence

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Adele Ferguson Qantas boss about to experience his toughest challenge since he took the top job in 2008.

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Numbers fall Tabcorp's way on keno deal

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Adele Ferguson With less than two months to go until Tabcorp's much touted demerger, it has announced that its newly-awarded Victorian keno licence will cost $60 million and contribute $180 million to earnings over...

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Toppled King sails back into view as a battle royale looms in Leighton boardroom

Adele Ferguson The battle to control the country's biggest construction company, Leighton Holdings, will take another turn after a peace deal was brokered between the Spanish construction giant Grupo ACS and...

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Hochtief truce with ACS signals new turn for embattled Leighton

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Adele Ferguson The battle to control the country's biggest construction company, Leighton Holdings, will take another turn following a peace deal expected to be brokered this week between Spanish construction giant...

Tourism needs to lift its game: Packer

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Adele Ferguson Billionaire James Packer calls on government to become more accountable for the $500 million they dole out to tourism bodies to market Australia.

Packer's $1.3b gaming palace

Crown Casino

Adele Ferguson In the private gaming salons on the 39th floor of billionaire James Packer's Crown Casino, turnover on a baccarat table can be $30 million an hour.

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'Pull your finger out, Australia'

James Packer

Adele Ferguson Casino king James Packer is concerned that our tourist industry is out of place, out of step and running out of time to cash in the vast riches on offer from Asia, writes Adele Ferguson.

How Australia fell off the map of the international traveller

Tourism

Adele Ferguson After just two minutes with James Packer you can sense his frustration. Australia's highest profile billionaire is spending about $2 billion upgrading his Melbourne and Perth casinos to attract the...

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NAB surprises again - with a positive result

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Adele Ferguson After years of disappointments and financial tricks to tart up headline profit numbers, NAB releases a set of figures that cheered investors.

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Westpac result points to profit crest for banks

Adele Ferguson Westpac's interim profit is a further sign that the stunts pulled last year by politicians about bank super profits are over - for now.

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ANZ's shiny profit is hollow inside

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Adele Ferguson The ANZ released a set of profit figures yesterday that took the sizzle out of its Asian growth strategy and reaffirmed that banks will struggle to find income growth in the face of weakening loan...

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ANZ profit less flash on close examination

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Adele Ferguson ANZ Bank released a set of profit figures today that look good at first cut but are less flash on closer examination.

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Soaring dollar, thrifty consumers have manufacturers on the ropes

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Adele Ferguson Industry groups set to go into lobbying overdrive in last-ditch attempt to influence federal government to provide budget relief to industries being smashed by high Australian dollar and weakening...

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Manufacturers squeezed by surging dollar now fear the sharp blade of budget cuts

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Adele Ferguson Industry groups will go into lobbying overdrive this week in a last-ditch effort to influence the federal government to provide relief in the budget for industries being battered by the high...

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Sibling rivalry creates a crisis of identity for big brother Qantas

Adele Ferguson As QANTAS stares down the barrel of some potentially explosive industrial action over the next few weeks, analysts have been taking the knife to their forecasts, particularly as oil prices continue...

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