Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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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...

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News Corp's new reality: Rupert Murdoch losing grip on empire

Grip slipping: News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch

Elizabeth Knight and Colin Kruger Media mogul comes close to losing his grip on his empire.

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BHP board mulls mitigation as prices plummet

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Elizabeth Knight The BHP Billiton board has a tough job on its hands, ensuring the company remains prosperous despite the fact the prices of three of the major commodities that underpin its profit performance are in...

Qantas beats FTA rush into Chinese markets

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Elizabeth Knight Qantas on Monday became the first cab off the rank to capitalise on all that free trade goodwill flowing between China and Australia.

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At Westpac, Gail Kelly has left Brian Harzter big heels to fill

Passing the baton: Outgoing Westpac CEO Gail Kelly and her successor Brian Hartzer.

Elizabeth Knight He was once Westpac’s insurance policy, but Brian Hartzer now gets his chance to step out of Gail Kelly's shadow.

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Myer can not afford to drop the ball

Myer boss Bernie Brookes on the arrival of  H&M, Topshop and Uniqlo:

Elizabeth Knight Myer is sticking to its guns that it can grow profit and sales this year despite a disappointing start in the first quarter with overall sales virtually flat compared with the same period last year -...

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Qantas' Alan Joyce not clear of turbulence yet

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

Elizabeth Knight Forecasting how much longer Qantas boss, Alan Joyce, would remain in his job has been something of its own cottage industry.

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Foxtel takeover could shake up Ten's big four wealthy investors

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Elizabeth Knight Ten Network Holdings has finally confirmed the worst-kept secret in town - that it is talking to potential bidders and one of them is a consortium involving Foxtel.

Big banks dig in to defend their capital, as Financial System Inquiry report looms

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Elizabeth Knight In years to come students of politics, business and public relations may well be asked to analyse two of the great business-versus-legislator/regulator battles – one involving the mining...

Woolworths losing the two-horse race as Coles takes decisive lead

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Elizabeth Knight While Coles has been able to improve its sales momentum, Woolworths appears to be struggling.

Housing heats Westpac but cool change coming

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Elizabeth Knight Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly is upbeat that the growth the bank is experiencing in the mortgage market will continue into 2015 thanks to low interest rate demand and an upswing in new home...

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Westpac chief Gail Kelly doubles down on housing

Banking on housing looks to be a safe bet for Westpac CEO Gail Kelly.

Elizabeth Knight Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly is relatively upbeat about that the growth already experiencing in the mortgage market will continue into 2015 thanks to low interest rate led demand and an upswing...

Genting misses boat as Echo hits its straps

Elizabeth Knight Among the group of shareholders that descended on the Gold Coast Jupiters Casino to hear the good news that their company, Echo Entertainment was hitting its financial straps following years of...