Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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Echo Entertainment's Star casino worthy of the name

Elizabeth Knight Few would be watching the outcome of the Queensland election more closely than the chief executive and author of  Echo Entertainment's financial performance renaissance, Matt Bekier.

Note of concern despite JB Hi-Fi's confident pitch

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Elizabeth Knight A January surge has boosted the confidence of JB Hi-Fi chief executive Richard Murray.

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Fortescue running at full speed, but can we bet on iron ore?

Elizabeth Knight Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals is running at full speed, chasing the falling iron ore price with cost reductions.

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As Apple grows, governments are unhappy they aren't getting a piece of the pie

A Chinese man talking on his smartphone walks into an Apple store in Beijing Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giantís promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday ahead of the release of the iPhone 6. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Elizabeth Knight What is testimony to the success of the new Apple iPhone continues to be a weeping sore for countries.

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Virgin purges fuel surcharge references from ticketing

Elizabeth Knight Virgin Australia has stolen the march on airline marketing in 2015 by removing the last of the consumer-reviled references to fuel surcharge from its ticketing.

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Plunging oil price has profound effects on economy

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Elizabeth Knight The brutal and sustained fall in the oil price is shaping up to be 2015's biggest economic story.

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Financial services industry can't afford any more scandals

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Elizabeth Knight First it was the CBA financial advice scandal, then Macquarie. ANZ blotted its copybook with Timbercorp, now Suncorp's financial services advisory group has come up short.

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Number of women at the helm remains embarrassing

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Elizabeth Knight Despite the rhetoric about the importance to bridge the gender gap, the number of women in senior management in Australia shows that the glass ceiling is as impenetrable as it has ever been.

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Bill swap rate fixing is a scandal in waiting

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Elizabeth Knight If proven, the manipulation of the bank bill swap rate could well be the largest corporate scandal of 2015.

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Housing market coming off the boil, with growth set to slow in 2015

There are many variables when buying property, and every negotiation has subtle differences.

Elizabeth Knight After 2½ years of rising prices, the housing market appears to be running out of steam.

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AFL rights on hold awaiting Network Ten's fate

Elizabeth Knight The apparent decision by the AFL to postpone the auction of its television sporting rights until Network Ten's future is clearer is understandable – the football organisation wants as many...

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No ordinary Monday as bleak budget takes backseat to Martin Place crisis

Elizabeth Knight Monday should have just been another ordinary day for the thousands of white-collar office workers, investment bankers and retail workers.

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Risky loans: an alarm that needed sounding

Elizabeth Knight The move by the banking regulator, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, to fire a shot across the bows of home lenders to curb riskier practices has two important ramifications.

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Alan Joyce aims to reset Qantas flight path

Qantas flights at Melbourne airport.

Elizabeth Knight Qantas has officially pushed the reset button on its financial prospects having lined up the foundations for a full-year profit that could easily exceed $600 million based on pre-tax profit guidance...

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Banking sector reform will affect every Australian

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Elizabeth Knight The far-reaching Financial Services Inquiry by former banker David Murray delivers a template for an updated financial system - a new model that will affect every Australian.

Banks brace for $28 billion hit

Banking shares have recouped some of their losses over recent trading sessions, but some analysts believe they are still too expensive.

Elizabeth Knight The banking industry and the federal government will be set for a showdown if the Financial Services Inquiry recommendations that call on banks to bolster expensive capital, in an exercise that could...

Treasurer Joe Hockey urges banks to co-operate with regulators

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Elizabeth Knight, Matthew Knott and Jonathan Shapiro Treasurer Joe Hockey says he is prepared to take on powerful interests in the financial services industry to boost Australians' retirement incomes and increase competition in the banking sector,...

Oil's turf war pushes Santos towards takeover territory

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Elizabeth Knight Oil has become the new iron ore. In Australia the large but vulnerable producer of iron ore is Fortescue Metals. Its local equivalent in the local crude oil and gas industry is Santos.

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Vultures circle as struggling Network Ten runs short of options

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Elizabeth Knight How could the board of Network Ten even think about accepting a takeover offer for the company at 23 cents a share?

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Iron's big three remain bullish as prices tumble

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Elizabeth Knight Australia's three big iron ore producers, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals, under pressure from a price slump, are out to convince the investment community that they have strategies to...