Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Rio Tinto dividends policy raises long-term questions in a volatile market

Elizabeth Knight Rio Tinto has set a series of benchmarks, the most crucial of which is the decision to sweeten its dividend despite a 43 per cent fall in underlying earnings.

Fortescue shares soar on hint of asset sales

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Elizabeth Knight The sharemarket has given Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals Group a very clear message: sell assets in order to survive the iron ore price rout.

James Packer bets on cyber security to grow fortune

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Elizabeth Knight At the heart of it James Packer is an entrepreneur and now he is eyeing cyber security.

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James Packer says he should never have fought David Gyngell

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31:  James Packer, Chairman Crown Resorts, is seen launching the second Reconciliation Action Plan  at Crown Entertainment Complex on July 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Reconciliation Australia has classified the RAP at an Elevate level recognising that Crown is working towards real change and reconciliation for indigenous Australians.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** James Packer

Elizabeth Knight Billionaire James Packer admits he's "made a bunch of mistakes", including his famous punch-up with Nine boss David Gyngell.

Cheap no-frills mobile phone company is snatching customers from the big boys

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Elizabeth Knight Amaysim Australia is to the mobile phone world what Tigerair is to the airline industry.

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Big department stores forced to axe the runts of the brand litter

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Elizabeth Knight Moves by Myer and David Jones to spring clean their stable of brands is a breath of fresh air - and one that is long overdue if the full service department store format is to undergo any sort of...

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Ten boss Hamish McLennan's abrupt departure doesn't pass smell test

Ten's Hamish McLennan will have to be replaced by an independent chairman.

Elizabeth Knight It's official. The chronic underperformer of the free to air television industry, Ten Network, is on the comeback - with audited revenue share having jumped on the back of an improvement in...

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Can Macquarie's millionaires factory make billions?

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Elizabeth Knight The year is 2007 .. It's pre the Global Financial Crisis and the big punt occupying the minds of market traders is whether Macquarie Bank share will reach that $100 mark - by May it was inches away...

The death knell for performance (review) anxiety?

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Elizabeth Knight The decade of the 1980s is responsible for all sorts of atrocities, from padded shoulders to boy bands in music.

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Queens Wharf casino: James Packer may have pulled punches on Echo in battle of Brisbane

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Elizabeth Knight James Packer won the mega casino battle of 2013 between his Crown Resorts and its smaller NSW-based rival Echo.

Who pays to fortress Australian banks?

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Elizabeth Knight It is a near certainty that banks will pass on some of their newly imposed capital safety cost to their customers by way of charging higher interest on loans or paying lower interest on deposits.

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Bank customers set to bear the cost of having safer banks

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Elizabeth Knight It is a near certainty that banks will pass on some of their newly imposed capital safety cost to their customers by way of charging higher interest on loans or paying  lower interest on...

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Negative gearing just one culprit in the housing-bubble blame game

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Elizabeth Knight Negative gearing is the topic du jour thanks to the Reserve Bank of Australia's suggestion this week it should be considered in the context of the wider tax debate.

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Why small iron ore producers should be scared

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Elizabeth Knight Thursday marked the first wave of quarterly production reports allowing us a glimpse into the performance of our major oil and gas producer, Woodside and iron ore behemoth, Rio Tinto.

Woolworths 'listening tour' seeks investors' opinion on strategy

Fresh opinion: Woolworths has embarked on a listening tour, but won't say what it has heard.

Elizabeth Knight It's the latest thing in shareholder engagement but it sounds like the title of a John Farnham series of outer Western suburb RSL club gigs.

Regulator suggests soft capital landing for big banks

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Elizabeth Knight Will the Australian public get hit with higher interest rates and bank charges on the back of increased regulatory bank capital requirements or are our banks safe enough already to withstand...

Shareholders name and shame the gender offenders

Elizabeth Knight The bad news is there are still many boards governing Australia's 200 largest listed companies that don't have any women directors. The goods news is they are now the outliers.

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Iron ore plunge – a deodorant tester for producers

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Elizabeth Knight Iron ore is shaping up as the latest casualty of the hysteria that has gripped the Chinese stock market.

The Chinese stock market is the world's biggest casino

Wild fluctuations in the Chinese stock market have forced the government to intervene.

Elizabeth Knight It is bizarre to contemplate, but what is happening in China is very real, and it affects everyone.

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

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

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