Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Adele Ferguson

Canberra reneges on infrastructure commitments

Adele Ferguson When the federal government postponed a $500 million commitment to a project it had already agreed on - the Regional Rail Link - it sent a chilling message that its big bang nation-building agenda...

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Lowy succession plan signals subtle shift in power

Adele Ferguson Turning 80 was momentous for Frank Lowy. For the first time in his working life, the country's richest man - worth an estimated $5 billion - began to think the unthinkable: loosening an iron grip on...

Lowy makes an out of Westfield decision

Westfield

Adele Ferguson Turning 80 was momentous for Frank Lowy. For the first time in his working life, the country's richest man - worth an estimated $5 billion - began to think the unthinkable.

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QBE hopes the hurricane season in the US isn't the straw that breaks the CEO's back

Adele Ferguson After 13 years at the helm of QBE Insurance, and his 65th birthday just around the corner, the big question is whether Frank O'Halloran will stick to his guns and stay "for the foreseeable...

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Outlook still stormy for QBE and its boss

Adele Ferguson Will Frank O'Halloran stick to his guns and stay 'for the foreseeable future'.

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Downer's floundering - from any angle

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Adele Ferguson Whichever way you cut it, Downer EDI's full-year outlook appears grim. Even if the massive $250 million provision for its Waratah Train is stripped out, the company expects underlying profit for the...

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Time to get serious on the remuneration racket

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Adele Ferguson It is never a good look when a senior executive gets a big salary package for doing a mediocre job.

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Another ridiculous payout: super funds need to get serious about CEO kiss-offs

Adele Ferguson It is never a good look when a senior executive gets a big salary package for doing a mediocre job. It is even worse when the board writes an obscenely big cheque to get rid of a dud chief executive.

Boardroom no longer a boys' club

Executive woman.

Adele Ferguson Penny Bingham-Hall is among a rising number of women executives on the boards of our top 200 companies, writes Adele Ferguson.

From rhetoric to reality, she's the face of change in the boardroom

Adele Ferguson Penny Bingham-Hall is serious about gender diversity on boards - and she's not alone.

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Corbett's Fairfax game plan plays out

Roger Corbett

Adele Ferguson The appointment of Jack Matthews to the new and powerful role of metro media divisional head is the next stage in chairman Roger Corbett's grand plan.

Downer's $250m rights issue may not go far enough

Adele Ferguson THE embattled engineering and contracting group Downer EDI will unveil a renounceable rights issue of at least $250 million on Monday, to stave off a possible credit ratings downgrade by Fitch.

Downer plans capital raising

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Adele Ferguson Embattled engineering and contracting group Downer EDI is set to unveil a big capital raising to strengthen its balance sheet and avoid a ratings cut.

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WAN shareholders will choose between tradition and a rampaging mega deal maker

Adele Ferguson Step on up for Kerry Stokes's latest mega merger extravaganza. Last year Stokes grabbed headlines when he merged his media interests with a tractor hire business on the basis it was a good deal for...

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A compelling deal for legendary dealmaker

Adele Ferguson Step on up for Kerry Stokes's latest mega-merger extravaganza.

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Win-win for Stokes on WAN

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Adele Ferguson The creation of Australia's biggest media group through the merger of WAN and Seven provides tax and debt advantages for Kerry Stokes.

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Players manoeuvre with Foster's in their sights

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Adele Ferguson An agreement in principle between SABMiller and Coca-Cola Amatil has turned speculation to the next chapter in the bust-up of the country's biggest beer and wine group.

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Those that Foster's hath united shall not by anyone be put asunder for two years

Adele Ferguson An in-principle agreement between SABMiller and Coca-Cola Amatil to dissolve their local beer joint-venture pending a takeover bid by SABMiller for Foster's Group has turned speculation to the next...

Investor Pulse

Investor gloom descends on housing sector

Investor Pulse

Adele Ferguson The RBA appears to have succeeded in dramatically lowering expectations of further rises in house prices according to an exclusive survey.

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'Jetstar-ing' of Qantas accelerates under Joyce

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Adele Ferguson Jetstar is getting close to overtaking Qantas as the carrier's most profitable brand, as ex-Jetstar boss Alan Joyce puts his stamp on the airline.

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