Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Greece debt crisis: China is the real elephant in the room

Elizabeth Knight Europe is someone else's problem, China is our problem.

Tony Abbott's chance to get on board with women

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Elizabeth Knight The Abbott government has a rare chance to be in the vanguard of gender policy.

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Asciano target of $9 billion pitch from Brookfield

Elizabeth Knight Port and rail operator Asciano has been transformed since its near-death experience post the global financial crisis into a company with strong cash flows, a healthy balance sheet, improving...

No Greek tragedy for Australia

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Elizabeth Knight The fact that both countries are part of global debt and equity markets means that we do get caught up in the contagion effect to some degree.

Woolworths v Coles - the report card is in

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Elizabeth Knight Poor service, bad prices, low morale - you don't have to cast a wide net to find a Woolworths customer with a gripe about Woolworths.

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Myer negotiates a new lease – of life

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Elizabeth Knight Department store Myer may have dodged one bullet but hasn't demonstrated it has found the silver bullet to address falling sales growth.

Housing bubble yields billions in profits

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Elizabeth Knight We might be in the middle of a property bubble but convincing home owners and speculators who sold in the first three months of this year for a profit of $13.

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Woolworths is far from a supermarket

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Elizabeth Knight Woolworth's decline was an accident waiting to happen.

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Google and NRL: a new league of secret rights discussions?

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Elizabeth Knight Even the spectre of Google being courted by the NRL as a potential bidder for digital rights is causing neck hairs to stand on end in the media and communications industry.

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Ten Network deal puts Murdoch on the program

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Elizabeth Knight Ten's proposed deal to issue a 15 per cent stake with Foxtel is a both a rescue mission and a backdoor takeover by the Murdoch camp.

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No berth for Elisabeth in Murdoch's 21st Century Fox empire

More about dynasty and less about meritocracy: Elisabeth, Rupert and James Murdoch.

Elizabeth Knight Murdoch moves beg the question: who will actually be in charge of the $US68 billion entertainment giant?

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Coal-fired power stations face existential crisis

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Elizabeth Knight It's only a month since agreement between the major parties was reached on a new Renewable Energy Target, but even it put the writing on the wall for some inefficient coal-fired power stations.

Westpac's game of musical management chairs aims to spur performance

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Elizabeth Knight The music has stopped at Westpac and the boss of its retail and business banking arm Jason Yetton has found himself without a chair.

$10 billion coal dump as world's biggest sovereign fund turns green

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Elizabeth Knight The coal versus gas debate is not one politicians want to have as coal and LNG are both major exports, and is one that sent Australian politicians running for cover.

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Short sellers cash in on Metcash misery

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Elizabeth Knight It's not the $640 million writedown in Metcash's grocery business that was responsible for the 17 per cent fall in its share price.

Sydney and Melbourne housing bubble stealing oxygen from the broader economy

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Elizabeth Knight The treasury secretary says there is a property bubble. He's right.

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Former Ten boss finds new media challenge

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Elizabeth Knight Former boss of Ten Network Grant Blackley and his new chairman at Southern Cross Austereo, Peter Bush, have teamed up to restore the fortunes of the troubled national radio network and regional TV...

Woolworths board readies axe but own necks also on block

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Elizabeth Knight There is a strong view in the investment community that the Woolworths board will replace its most senior manager sooner rather than later.

Fortescue won't play prey by giving up control of his iron ore empire

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Elizabeth Knight Chinese predators may be circling Andrew Forrest's financially wounded Fortescue Metals but the market could have drawn a long bow on Tuesday to bid the shares up 15 per cent on the back of a...

Time to give CEO pay a WACC

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Elizabeth Knight It is clear that there is an insufficient correlation between executives that are creating value and their pay.