Gareth Hutchens

Gareth Hutchens

Japanese pull out of safe haven

Australian dollar surges.

Gareth Hutchens The high Australian dollar could soon find some relief, with signs emerging that Japanese investors are starting to cool their interest in the currency widely regarded around the world as a safe...

Storms 'won't increase premiums'

Queensland floods

Gareth Hutchens Insurance losses are expected to rise into the hundreds of millions of dollars in coming weeks as floods start to peak across Queensland and New South Wales.

Calm waters expected for profit results

Calm waters.

Gareth Hutchens Investors are unlikely to be caught off-guard by too many negative profit results this season.


Rally notches up eighth day of gains but dollar on the slide


Gareth Hutchens Australian shares continue their strong rally thanks to solid US and Chinese manufacturing data.


Miners lift stocks to 20-month highs

Gareth Hutchens Australian shares closed the week near a 20-month high, buoyed by resurgent mining stocks.

China rebound defies predictions of gloom

Vehicles drive on the Third Ring Road

Gareth Hutchens and John Garnaut China's growth accelerates, confirming the ongoing recovery of Australia's most important trading partner.

Blows just keep on coming


Gareth Hutchens Nearly 1200 jobs have been axed in recent days as some of Australia's best-known companies adjust to the weakening economy.

Case for rate cut depends on jobs figures

Job ads

Glenda Kwek and Gareth Hutchens A softer job market and a drop in housing loans point to a softening economy, analysts say.

Dividend fall hits Mirrabooka profit

Geoff Driver

Gareth Hutchens Profit at listed investment fund Mirrabooka fell 9 per cent in the latest half-year.

Steady trade as brokers wait for data


Gareth Hutchens The sharemarket is expected to open slightly higher on Monday, helping to keep it near 4700 points.

Insurance cover: most don't have a clue

Burnt out house.

Gareth Hutchens The majority of Australians believe insurance companies try to unfairly avoid paying out after natural disasters.

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Bosses incentive schemes guided by herd mentality

Gareth Hutchens

Gareth Hutchens The industry is acting like a herd, with everyone building portfolios to track the market.

Integrity fears prompt closer scrutiny of 'dark' trades

Gareth Hutchens THE Australian Securities Exchange has begun releasing weekly data showing the value of all ''dark'' trading on the local market.

Forecasters divided on health benefits of a balanced budget

Treasurer Wayne Swan.

Gareth Hutchens Only three out of 23 forecasters thought the government could deliver a surplus.

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How high-speed traders have winning advantage

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Gareth Hutchens Global sharemarkets have recently begun to witness a new form of adverse selection.

Solid year tipped for dollar but outlook mixed for shares

Coins and Australia.

Gareth Hutchens Only four of our panel are forecasting a dollar below US100¢ by year's end.

Shadow banks under rules spotlight

Bill Shorten.

Gareth Hutchens Australia's prudential and corporate regulators will develop plans to regulate shadow banking industry.

Fiscal deal failure reverses gains


Gareth Hutchens Australian shares closed nearly 1 per cent higher for the week, despite news that US House Republican leaders had walked away from their Plan B compromise for the country's fiscal cliff negotiations.

Senior lenders can't stymie Nine deal, court rules

Nine Entertainment logo.

Colin Kruger and Gareth Hutchens The latest Federal Court ruling keeps the rescue of Nine Entertainment on track.


Housekeeping takes stocks to year high


Gareth Hutchens The sharemarket closed at its highest for the year thanks to some end-of-year housekeeping.