Gareth Hutchens

Gareth Hutchens

Insurance

Fire claims to go beyond $138m

Gareth Hutchens The country's biggest insurers are counting the cost of the NSW bushfires, with losses worth an estimated $138 million and climbing.

Markets

Sharemarket pushes fresh five-year high

Markets

Gareth Hutchens The sharemarket closed on a high investors welcomed news of better earnings from the US.

Insurance

Bushfires unlikely to be high cost disaster

Gareth Hutchens The country's biggest insurers are counting the cost of the NSW bushfires, with losses worth an estimated $138 million and climbing.

Economy

Investment in a slump, says RBA

Phillip Lowe

Gareth Hutchens Investment among Australia's non-mining businesses is at its lowest since the 1990s recession.

Investment in a slump, says RBA

Gareth Hutchens The level of investment among Australia's non-mining businesses is at its lowest since the 1990s recession because the global financial crisis has made many executives reluctant to take risks, the...

Payments

Push to speed up banking transactions

digital money

Gareth Hutchens The RBA has set plans in motion to speed up the change of the country's payments system.

US drama: RBA boss 'helpless'

Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens speaking at an Economic Society of Australia Business Luncheon in Brisbane.

Gareth Hutchens The Reserve Bank has admitted it was helpless in the face of the US government default crisis because it could not predict or properly prepare for how the drama would play out.

ASX

China drives stocks to five-year highs

Rocco Fazzari colour illustration. a bounce.

Gareth Hutchens Australian dollar hits a four-month high, US96.48ยข after US budget legislation passed.

Transport

McAleese spruces up fleet before IPO

Generic freight.

Gareth Hutchens McAleese Transport has been working to fix its fleet before its planned market listing.

US economy

Contingency plans ready as row drags on

US President Barack Obama.

Gareth Hutchens, Max Mason, Madeleine Heffernan Investors have stayed on the sidelines while the impasse plays out.

ASX

Investors take leap of faith over impasse

The Capitol.

Gareth Hutchens and Madeleine Heffernan The mood in global markets has shifted, with investors betting US politicians will agree to lift the cap on the country's borrowing limit.

Funding

Westpac emerges as key funder for pay-day loans

Westpac branch,

Gareth Hutchens Westpac has emerged as the provider of most of the funding that allows Cash Converters to lend small amounts of money at extremely high interest rates.

Trading

OzForex surges on first day of listing

Australian dollar.

Gareth Hutchens and Brian Robins Online foreign exchange specialist OzForex has set the scene for a flurry of IPO activity over the next few months with the shares trading well above its issue price.

Legal action

Pay-day lender digs in over $40m action

Gareth Hutchens Cash Converters will fight a $40 million class action amid claims it had charged customers excessive interest on personal loans.

Class action

Payday lender digs in over $40m suit

Gareth Hutchens Cash Converters will fight a $40 million class action amid claims it had charged customers excessive interest on personal loans.

Float

Scrutiny of truck safety regulations intensifies

Tanker truck.

Jacob Saulwick, Gareth Hutchens Trucking companies 'pick and choose' their own safety auditors, NSW Roads Minister says.

Transport

McAleese delays IPO after fatal crash

Tanker removed from Mona Vale (Thumbnail)

Gareth Hutchens, Jacob Saulwick The transport operator has put on hold plans to raise $155 million from investors.

Trucking

McAleese delays IPO after fatal crash

ASX.

Gareth Hutchens McAleese Transport, the owner of the trucking group involved in the fatal fuel-tanker accident in Sydney last week, has delayed its $155 million initial public offering.

Transport

Fatal tanker crash casts doubt on float

Mona Vale (Thumbnail)

Gareth Hutchens McAleese Transport is pushing ahead with plans to raise $155 million.

Economics

Want expert advice? Don't take on this bloke

Richard Denniss.

Gareth Hutchens He was a teenager, and his dad was telling him about an auditor who ticked off some books.