Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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Hedge funds are circling the REITs

Adele Ferguson The $74 billion listed real estate investment trust sector braces for a big upheaval as speculation mounts that international hedge funds are backing to mount an attack.

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Quake aftermath shakes insurers

Adele Ferguson Suncorp's horror $3.5 billion claims bill for floods will profits and capital in 2011-12.

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Suncorp looks past worst year in 40

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Adele Ferguson New Zealand's disasters are prompting reinsurers to take a harder look at New Zealand, Suncorp says, with implications for Australia.

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Gillard stakes everything on getting her gambling legislation through Parliament

Adele Ferguson The $19 billion gambling industry is shaping up as the next battleground for politicians to score points as the anti-gambling campaign widens from proposals to set mandatory limits on poker machines...

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Playing politics with pokies will do nothing to help problem gamblers

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Adele Ferguson The country's $19 billion gambling industry is shaping as the next battleground for politicians to score points as the anti-gambling campaign widens from proposals to set mandatory limits on poker...

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Mega TV deal long in the making faces resistance

Adele Ferguson The latest mega media merger to burst on to the scenes is a $2 billion deal between the pay television operator Foxtel and its regional counterpart Austar to create one of the country's biggest media...

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Foxtel, Austar merger plans put competition issues in the picture

Adele Ferguson The latest mega media merger extravaganza to burst on to the scene is a nearly $2 billion deal between pay television operator Foxtel and its regional counterpart, Austar.

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Foxtel deal to reshape media landscape

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Adele Ferguson Foxtel needed half-ownerTelstra to drop its objections before it could swallow Austar in a move that will transform the electronic media landscape.

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Mining is a mint for some and crumbs for others

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Adele Ferguson The iron ore queen Gina Rinehart has became the richest person ever in Australia, with a conservative estimate of $10.3 billion, and has become

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Boom raises serious questions about how to share the country's wealth

Adele Ferguson Gina Rinehart scooped the pool yesterday when she became the richest person ever in Australia, with a conservative estimate of $10.3 billion, and the first woman to top BRW's Rich 200.

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Westfield may be next to sell US centres

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Adele Ferguson Speculation has intensified that the sale of some Westfield's non-core shopping centres in the United States is imminent.

Faceless man turns up as punters' pal

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Adele Ferguson The move by James Packer's casino group Crown Limited to appoint Karl Bitar, one of the ''faceless men'' who helped topple Kevin Rudd as prime minister last year, comes as the debate on precommitment...

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Crown gambles on Labor kingmaker

Adele Ferguson Debate on pre-commitment changes to poker machines moves to a critical stage.

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Pressure grows on retail brokers

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Adele Ferguson Two more stockbrokers cease trading with third-party clearer Berndale Securities, increasing the concentration of risk in the financial system.

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Packer punts on another screen of opportunity

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Adele Ferguson A move by one of Australia's richest men, James Packer, to bankroll two online retailers is the latest proof that internet retailing is booming and will continue to smack around traditional retailers.

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Online boom shows much more pain still to come for retailers

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Adele Ferguson Move by James Packer to bankroll two online retailers the latest proof that internet retailing is booming and will continue to smack around traditional retailers.

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Banks singed by rekindled European debt fears

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Adele Ferguson The big four banks record their worst day in almost a year months as the reality of massive debt overhangs dawns anew for investors.

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Qantas staff and management on collision course over outsourcing and safety

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Adele Ferguson The levels of toxicity between staff and Qantas will hit new highs this week if the international pilots union lodges an application with Fair Work Australia to allow it to instigate protected...

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Qantas set to make the leap from flying kangaroo to boxing kangaroo

Adele Ferguson The levels of toxicity between staff and Qantas will hit new highs this week if the international pilots union lodges an application with Fair Work Australia to allow it to instigate protected...

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Dollar's rally means downgrade season ahead

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Adele Ferguson With the dollar entrenched above greenback parity, it's only a matter of time before companies follow BlueScope Steel's lead and start downgrading earnings.

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