Gareth Hutchens

Gareth Hutchens


Late fightback boosts sharemarket


Gareth Hutchens The market gained ground this week after positive data showed economic activity had increased.


Growth running 'below trend'


Gareth Hutchens Building approvals data show the housing sector is recovering, but business confidence remains weak.


Sluggish economy 'stuck in third gear'

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Gareth Hutchens Australia’s economy is continuing to expand at a slow pace, but there are signs of a shift away from mining-led growth.


Housing lifts but economy subdued

RBA building.

Gareth Hutchens Australia's economy is continuing to grow, albeit at a slow pace, just days out from the federal election.


Murray bides time for new finance review

David Murray

Gareth Hutchens The former chief executive of Australia's biggest bank says he would consider chairing a review of the country's financial system if he were asked.

Murray bides time for new finance review

Gareth Hutchens The former chief executive of Australia's biggest bank says he would consider chairing a review of the country's financial system if he were asked.


RBA joins global bank-to-bank watchdog

Reserve Bank of Australia building.

Gareth Hutchens The RBA will form part of a high-level group of regulators to review bank-to-bank lending practices.


Markets feel fallout over war fears

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Gareth Hutchens Global markets have gone into a spin as the drumbeats of war against Syria have got louder.


Licence glitch shuts down online US broker's loans dealing

Digital broking.

Gareth Hutchens The corporate regulator has stopped a US-based brokerage from providing margin loans in Australia.

Tax reform

PwC chief calls for bipartisan approach

Luke Sayers

Gareth Hutchens The chief executive of one of Australia's biggest accounting firms has called on the major political parties to strike a ''grand bargain'' on national tax reform, warning the country may otherwise...


Former Gunns boss avoids jail for insider trading

John Gay

Andrew Darby and Gareth Hutchens John Gay felt the hand of a security guard congratulating him, rather than showing him the cells on Friday.


Politics holding us back: ASX chief

Elmer Funke Kuper.

Gareth Hutchens Elmer Funke Kupper warns economy is starting to take on characteristics of Europe's malaise.


Derivatives drive ASX profit


Gareth Hutchens Bourse operator ASX Ltd has posted a 2.7 per cent increase in full-year profit after trading volumes climbed.


Bell Financial swings back into profit, ringing up $3.3m for half-year

Gareth Hutchens One of the country's biggest stockbrokers has posted a $3.3 million half-year profit.


Auction rates signal boom at hand

Auction flag.

Gareth Hutchens, Nicole Lindsay The east coast of Australia is on the verge of a property boom - we just don't know it yet, according to analysts.

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Lobby groups pull strings in halls of power

Chris Bowen and Joe Hockey

Gareth Hutchens Policy makers could hear super industry's threat of a campaign loud and clear.

Building materials

Surge in Hardie asbestos claims

James Hardie Industries.

Gareth Hutchens There has been another spike in asbestos claims linked to James Hardie products, with the cost of some claims higher than expected.


Former insurance broker jailed for theft

Gareth Hutchens A former insurance broker has been jailed for stealing more than $660,000 of his clients' money.


US Fed speculation pushes market down

Gareth Hutchens The dollar rebounded from its recent low, closing the week around US91.4¢.


Broker cops fine over high-speed trades

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Gareth Hutchens The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has fined Instinet Australia $130,000.